I'd like some suggestion for micing a mandolin live. The mando player in our praise band has been using an Ovation mandolin that has a pretty usable pickup system. Unfortunately he likes to jam with people down by the New River and ... well to make a long story short we are going to have to mic another mando on Sunday. I just threw an extra 58 at him last night and it sounded pretty good (better than the pickup actually). Questions: 1. What is the best way to go if we stick to micing the mandolin long term? Dynamic, LDC, SDC? Specific recommendations? 2. What should I throw at it this Sunday from my collection with approximately zero time for a sound check? Choices are SM57 or 58, Rode NT5, AKG C414 Some info on our live sound situation that might help. (Please don't laugh.) We are a large band playing "Contemporary Christian" (think 70's rock if you are unfamiliar). Low to moderate rock volumes. All instruments are through the PA, but bass, keys, and electronic drums have their own amps with low stage volume. We are spread out wide and thin at the front of the sanctuary. We only have one monitor mix (maybe two in the future, but there is no way to give the mandolin an individual mix). Just as an aside - a mandolin is a great addition to this type of band. Stays out of the way of the guitars and keys. Sits well in the mix. For us it gives a little special SW Virginia flavor.