I realize that this might be considered by some to be a question about semi-pro gear, but I want to make it clear to anyone working for the IRS that this is definitely a question about pro gear. Most of my "most profitable" work comes from recording singer-songwriters or contemporary Christian artists. Lately I've been doing some "low income" gigs for my daughter's HS symphonic band that have highlighted the weaknesses in some of my gear - in particular, my pair of NT5s used in ORTF. I've been happy with them on acoustic guitars, but I had to roll some highs off to tame them on the orchestra. Ok. So here are some ideas in about the same price range that will (I hope) improve my orchestra gigs and be helpful in my singer/songwriter and contemporary Christian (otherwise known as music that sounds like Elton John or the Eagles, but talks about Christian themes) gigs. 1. A pair of Shure Sm-81s. 2. An AKG C414 B-ULS (to match the one I have) to do Blumlein or MS. 3. A Studio Projects LSD-2 4. Tell my daughter that she has to go to VT and buy a whole bunch of Schoeps and Gefells with her tuition money.