...OK, so it's me shopping for myself. But hey, my wife would have gladly bought any of these if only I could have told which one to choose. There's the rub... I'm trying to boil down the million opinions online and for my needs (solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar) I think I'm down to: Studio Projects B3 LDC $159 zzounds Sample clip at http://www.thelisteningsessions.com/mp3/5/TLS-Track-7-Session-5.mp3 Studio Projects C1 matched pair $299/pair zzounds Sample clip at http://www.thelisteningsessions.com/mp3/5/TLS-Track-8-Session-5.mp3 Matched pair of Oktava MC-012's (SDC) from Sound Room $346/pair Haven't got a clip on these but everyone seems to love them for the money, and apparently Sound Room has overcome some of the Oktava quality issues through extra testing and some direct-voodoo relationship with the factory Oktava MK319 LDC $269 at the Sound Room Clip at http://www.thelisteningsessions.com/mp3/5/TLS-Track-21-Session-5.mp3 T.H.E., depending... No clip but sound good on paper Rode NTK LDC $500 Clip at http://www.thelisteningsessions.com/mp3/5/TLS-Track-33-Session-5.mp3 ------------------------------ Haven't even decided on LDC vs SDC, though I think I more need a good SDC (or pair) to supplement my suprisingly not-bad Behringer LDC. I think Neumanns are out of reach, and I keep hearing that the Oktavas give them a run for the money. Awww...too hard. In some ways it seems like a nice kit might be the Studio Projects B3 plus the pair of Studio Projects C1's. Nice setup for less than $500. But those much-loved Oktavas.... What should I tell Santa????