I am looking to start recording concerts, recitals, audition tapes, demos, etc. It would be all classical intruments. I'm looking for some kind of gear to record just stereo (i don't wanna get too fancy with tons of mics and wires running all over the place). I thinking just two mics, or one stereo mic into a stereo preamp (something that has a good low noise and power enough possibly to power ribbon mics, when i get the money to buy ribbon mics) into a recording device (really considering the Alesis Masterlink) I'll have to really start from scratch since the only qaulity thing i have is a stereo microphone, NT-4. I would like to use this for now until I have made some money so i don't spread my low funds too much. Any advice on future mics that I should invest in or if people think these are too cheap consider using, go ahead. mic pres are probably the device I am least knowledgable in. I know what would work, but don't have the money for a mellinniea. I am thinking something around $500ish. I don't need anything too flashy, but something quite, uncolored, and possibly have enough juice to power future ribbons. I am pretty confident that the Alesis Masterlink would work great. It would be awsome for some gigs to give the musician the CD right after the concert. If anyone has any other suggestions, i'm open. (HHB) I have about 1500 for preamp, telesoping stand, cables, rack case and recorder. Please remember i'm doing all classical acoustic instruments with no rock band stuff, so i don't need any sm58's or anything like that. Also if there are sites of auctions, used stuff, postings of proaudio equipment besides ebay would be killer. Sorry for the tall order, i think.