Hey guys, I asked a similar question a while back, but was looking for some advice on mics. I currently have a selection of dynamics and a pair of akg 451b's. I was looking to get a new pair of mics to play a bit more with stereo. I especially want to experiment with M/S recording techniques. Originally I was looking at 414 buls's since that would give me a) large diaphragm condensors b) omni and figure 8. I'd really like to play around with some stereo techniques and it seemed like a pair of multipattern mics would do the trick. However, I was also looking into modular mic/capsule sets. While not quite as convenient for switching patterns (or as cheap...), everyday practicality might be much better since I wouldn't have to move around 2 414's cobbled together in some goofy M/S array. Another thing that appealed to me in this respect is that I might be able to double up a mic for boom duties for video (though I could always just pick up a mic specifically for that). So I guess I am asking advice on what you guys think the best system for playing around with this stuff and also ending up with a nice usable set of mics, for M/S and for other uses. Again, I was thinking in the 1200-1500 range. Mic's I had in mind were 414's, AKG's Blueline (they have a figure 8 capsule and for that and two bodies/cardioid would be about 1000), and a schoeps setup (a bit more than I can spend). I'd look at other setups, but other than other large diaphragm condenser setups, I was coming up dry.