Those of you who know me, know I prefer to do it right... and probably know my axiom of; "Good $*^t ain't cheap and cheap $*^t ain't always good." Now, I find myself in a bit of a quandry. I have a HUGE 64 voice choir to record next month and my main/primary issue is mic-ing the large choir to achieve tracks that will be usable for adjusting balance with minimal phase problems and bleed from other instrumentation and vocals. Track count is limited to 48 channels... so given the other track counts that are in place, I only have up to 16 channels available for the mass choir. The consensus is to use 4-8 spaced SDC's... 2 on each - SATB sections. My existing mic locker is short on SDC's of high enough quality to do the job that I will be satisfied with, but am willing/needing to purchase good quality mics as warranted. Although, given my budget, rental is also an option. So, the the question becomes; What is the "best" mic choice for this choir given the limited physical space for mic placement? No one has Schoeps for rent locally... and at most, right now, I can barely afford ONE, much less a pair, or even 4... much less renting 8!!! C451's are an acceptable choice but snaggin' 4 will definitely draw the wrath of TheBoss©, and there aren't any for rent locally, but I might be able to get them out of Nashburg for a weekend. The local rentals that are available are KSM137's and a VERY few SM81's. Neither one is a horrible mic, but putting 4 in the locker is gonna hurt the wallet pretty hard. I can get a steal of a deal on e614's, but I have not heard any real feedback on how good/bad they are. Again, none are available for rental. Rode NT5's are in the same situation as the others... reasonably affordable, but none available for rental. As a pseudo caveat, the choir is not the primary focus of the recording, but it plays a reasonably prominent roll in several of the songs. So, in theory, I could snag 4 of the e614's, rent 4 KSM317's, then sell the e614's after the gig and recoup my costs. But, I'd rather get 4 decent SDC's that I can just go ahead and put in the mic locker. What's a mutha' to do?!? Oh yeah... as an aside, I normally record choirs with Blumline, XY or M/S.