Hello, I am looking for advice on a decent setup for recording saxophones a Mic and a Pre-Amp. Making a call to one of the big online pro-audio companies gives me different advice for every engineer I talk with and the last seemed only to only recommend choices based on the high end of my "budget". Note: I cannot afford to spend $5,000 on a gold plated vintage Neumann and was hoping to stay under $1K for each option not more than $1600 all together. The type of music will be Contemporary Jazz where there will be louder volumes, high altissimo notes, and much more air pushed through the horn at times than in straight ahead jazz. But there will also be a wide range of volumes: The song may start off relatively soft but by the time we are into the solo and vamp I will be louder. Some songs will stay relatively soft the entire time especially using Soprano. Another thing is Soprano by virtue of it's shape sometimes has the microphone positioned at the middle of the horn over the top instead of by the bell. Just something to think about may be having to add a 2nd mic at that position as well as the main mic which would be used for all the saxes near the bell maybe 1-2 feet away? So I need something that can handle that range, give me the warmest and most round sound, assist with clipping, and hopefully something that has a little leeway regarding position of the horn. I don't want to have to have a precision rack hold the horn in the exact same spot so when I have to punch in I don't sound like a different person I will be recording in a room not a booth as this is home. I am also just a horn player that knows enough to work Logic 9, I have recorded in a studio many times but I did not go to school for Recording Engineering. So please be patient with me.