Hi, I am new here. I own an Octava MK-012-01 microphone, that I am not too satisfied with. Even without the -10 db filter, it records very quiet, and I have to use Wave Pad to increase the volume. I was in Guitar Center today (not looking to buy a mic) and started talking with one of the guys. He said the Octava was very poorly made and that a loud noise could distort the element causing it to malfuntion like that. So, I started asking about other mics. I have heard a lot about Shure, but he said that unless I bought the $350 Shure they were not as good as some of the lower cost mics. He showed me a few things, but then said there is one that is really great, but it is a little more than the ones I was looking at (which were around $200). It was a Sterling Audio ST55. Turns out it was not more, only $199. The guy said Sterling Audio was the new name of Groove Tube, which I have heard of. I bought it. Now, Groove Tube says nothing about a name change on their site, and the www. sterlingaudio.net site is under construction. Has anybody heard about this mic or this company? I hate forum posts that ask what is the best . . . , so I will not ask that, but can somebody tell me for around $200 what is a good mic for recording acoustic guitar (actually I play a Greek bouzouki which is like a long neck acoustic mandolin, but a lot of people don't know what that is). I have heard the Shure SM81 is great. I could spend the $350 that costs, but is there something better at that price point?