Hi folks, sorry for the long post - I'm seeking some specific advice from more experienced engineers which I haven't been able to find so far in these forums. I am a musician who currently does a lot of home recording and mixing but am looking to get into location recording of small group jazz gigs (mainly in clubs). I will be using a MOTU 896HD into a powerbook, and for budget and practical reasons want to focus on stereo micing (possibly with 1 or 2 spot mics if absolutely necessary). I have on trial a DAV BG1 preamp (which i think rocks IMHO and will almost def buy - way nicer than the MOTU's) and a Josephson C42 match pair. I also own a Coles 4038 (I am a trumpeter!) and a Sure KSM27 (an early purchase). Essentially I am trying to decide on whether to record in XY with the Josephsons or in M-S with 1 Josephson (or the KSM possibly) and the Coles. Given that I have 2 gigs to record in the short time I have the Josephsons on loan I guess I could try both, but am seeking advice..I have already done some trials with just my horn and like the flexibility of the M-S technique but.. 1. Will it be strange to use 2 such different sounding mics as the Coles and a Josephson C42 in M-S on a whole group? 2. Does using a matched pair like the Josephsons in XY sound like a better idea for the situation- or does the warmth and bottom end of the Coles contrast well? I know I need to decide myself, but wondered if y'all had any suggestions? thanks in advance!