Hi. I'm absolutely going nuts trying to decide on the next set of items to enhance my simple home studio for recording solo piano, piano trios and so on. I do mostly acoustic jazz and live group recording. Current environment: A lovely Steinway baby grand A big room with high ceilings Microphones: a pair of AT 4033s a Sennheiser 421 an sm57 and an audix OM2 other: Logic 7.0.1 Digi001 and PT LE 6.x Mackie 1202 I've never been happy with the sound I get from the 4033s on piano -- too boxy, though that may have something to do with the Digi001, not sure. They do sound great on sax and voice though. The 421 is great on upright bass, I've found. It's pretty good on piano too, but still not ideal. I find the pres on the 1202 a bit gritty sounded, compared to the thinner sounding 001 pres. Either way, I'm not thrilled with either. So, here's the question: Given a budget of around $1500, what change would you make? Contenders: Mics: a pair of 4050s a pair of Oktava mk012s a pair of SP C4s Audio Interface: firepod traveler fireface Obviously if I get the fireface or the traveler, I limit my mic options and get fewer mic pres than with a firepod (are they really that bad??). Perhaps, I should just get a decent pre like the FMR RNP or a small grace and leave the rest alone? Or perhaps, I should get a killer matched pair mic like two 414s or the Earthworks QTC30 and leave the rest alone? Thanks for your thoughts. I'm going nuts with all the options.