I am looking into a versatile LDC and run into the Rode line. My goal is to have a versatile mic that will do well on vocals and acoustic guitar. I also want the variable patterns. The NT-2A and the NT-2000 are similar mics except for the variable patterns and package of the NT-2000 which includes spider and case. The real difference would be the switchable (2A) versus variable (2000) polar patterns. What I want to know: Do these variable patterns on the NT-2000 hold any water? What is your take on this? I can get a 2A for 275 including spider. The 2000 would cost 100 more and includes spider and case. All help is welcome. Also: I am not sure if this is posted in the right place. Considering the price I'd see this as budget gear.