Hi all. I'm new to this board and new to the recording thing, and have a question or two. First of all, let me apologise for any semblance to other postings on this site. I guess what I'm looking for are solutions specific to my situation, and the hardware that I'm considering. In January 05 I formed a SATB choir specialising in serious (read "classical") repertoire. We do our concerts in a local church with a pipe organ. (The choir sings from the front, and the organ console and case is in an alcove off to the left, but still close to the front. The building, however, is not that large.) I would like to make archival recordings of each concert, and, once we improve, perhaps make some CD's to market locally as a fund-raiser. We don't have a huge budget, but manage to squirrel away a little money through dues and ticket sales. We did record our first concert (a friend with a mini-disc machine and a two-in-one type of mic arrangement (little capsule-like thing). I was not really taken with the result. He was sitting about half-way down the nave, and there was lots of audience noise, which didn't help. My son's guitar teacher is probably going to record our next concert (12 December) but I'd really like to move in a direction where we could do this independently. The bit of research I've done tells me that recording to hard disc is probably a better option than mini-disc, memory card or CD. Tape (analog or DAT) is not under consideration. So far, I've managed to unearth two entry-level machines which I think might do the trick: the Fostex MD8HD and TASCAM DP01FX. I'm leaning toward the Fostex because (a) it can take four tracks at once as opposed to TASCAM's two; (b) it provides four inputs with phantom power for condenser mikes, and (c) reviews I have read say that the TASCAM's digital display is difficult to read -- a finicky point, but probably valid in my case! I'm opting against an integral CD burner because (a) I'd rather send the result to my computer via USB (which both can do) and do any editing with GoldWave, and (b) it's just one more thing to go wrong on what otherwise appears to be a pretty good basic unit. As I don't fully trust my laptop, I don't really want to go with a software based solution. Are either of these units suitable for recording this kind of music? Then there is the question of mikes and placement. I'm assuming that I should be looking at cardioid mikes fairly close to the choir, then, in a couple of years (when we can afford it!) perhaps another cardioid for the organ, and an omnidirectional placed further back in the nave for some ambience. Is this making any sense? Finally, any recommendation for microphones of reasonable quality and price? Many thanks in advance for any help you might be able to offer. Bill.