ive searched the wholllee forum, i have. i was considering purchasing a akg c1000, and i was almost ready to do it, but than i came here and was totally turned down! i read over and over, "DONT BUY A C1000, THEY'RE OVERRATTED!!" so now i dont know what to do! i use a tascam 424MKII, and as many may know, it is too old to have phantom power, so, i was wondering, instead of just bashing the C1000, can someone make another suggestion? many have reccomended the Oktava MC012, but i cant find many reviews about it, and cant find it at the stores that i usually go to for this. hm. what should i do? in short: condenser mic, small applications (i.e. acoustic guitar/amped guitars, stringed instruments, minor percussion, etc) , no phantom power, less that 300/250$. thanks.