Looking for a little help. I'm trying to take my home studio set up to a new level, and right now I have only low end, entry level condenser mics, and a couple decent, common dynamics I use live (beta 58, SM57). I'm mostly going to be recording male vocals, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar, plus possibly hand percussion (no drum kits or wind instruments though). I know no one can tell me "the best" mic or mics to get, since it depends on the room, the particular voice being recorded, the entire signal chain, etc. but I'm curious of some general suggestions on maximizing my dollars - around $800-900 total for mic(s), particularly related to multi-pattern, versatility and "neutral" vs. "character" mics. I'm thinking of getting 2 microphones - one LDC and one SDC - to get the most versatility I can. I am stuck on if I should try to get switchable multi-pattern mics (such as the AT4050, Rode NT2a, etc. for LDCs; or Oktava MK-012 which has different capsules for SDC) given that my recording space can be fairly noisy - my place has many poor quality windows and I live on a busy street, and dont have an excellent room - which may render omni useless. Still, the multi-pattern mics seem to offer a swiss-army knife all-in-one, which is attractive from a budget perspective. However, a lot of the mics I'm reading about look to be "neutral" and I'm hoping that my LDC can impart some character to vocals and could be of a quality that would give professional results. I've looked hard at the Blue Baby Bottle - which includes no roll off, no pad, no multi pattern but seems to get rather universal acclaim.d As for SDCs, in addition to the Oktava, I've also taken a look at the Shure SM81 and the AT451. What combo of 2 mics do you recommend for maximizing bang for the buck, versatility, quality, etc. These will be getting used with an apogee duet. Even if people are reluctant to (or tired of!) making specific mic recommendations, let me know your thoughts on multi-pattern vs. fixed; character vs. neutral. (And is there *anywhere* that you can buy mics and return them within a short trial period?) Thanks!