Looking into getting a nice large diaphragm condenser mic. I currently possess a pair of AKG 451's, some 57's/58's, and an assortment of Audix D mics (1's, 2's, and a 4). Will be using this setup with a home DAW setup. Recording rock/blues/typical crap. Budget of around $1200. Anyway, I was originally planning on a pair of 414's, hence the $1200, since a pair would give me more flexibility. I also like the look of the Neumann TLM103's, about the same price, but without the pattern switching. I was also thinking maybe of just getting 1 of these, and 1 of something else, or better yet, 1 600ish mic and start saving for a nice pre. However, after reading some of the posts here, I am beginning to waver. I know that no mic can be everything, but I was looking for a nice mic that could get me started with a fair amount of uses (vocals being foremost). The MBHO mic's (608? 609?) looked like a funky mic. Any other good suggestions for a good, versitile mic/mic pair that would start me off? Again, budget of around $1200, with the notion that this would get me a pair. So really $600ish mics, with $1200 ones too, but only if they are going to be twice as good :d: At this early stage, unless its really worth it, the extra money can go to more important areas.