Some things technically don’t make sense

It has been almost two months in my quest for a microphone to both capture a decent recording of my Baldwin Acrysonic and to use for field recordings.  The research has led me to this thought:  If I only had five thousand to kill on a matched pair of microphones?

I’d be curious to know if there is really that much more involved in manufacturing a higher quality microphone that would change the price tag so drastically.  Maybe so, but in any case I’ve decided to go with a matched pair of Rode NT5s.


I was going for a pair of large condenser microphones to capture a fuller medium range, with the piano in mind.  I ordered a pair of Marshal V87s on Ebay.  The seller had a 99 percent rating, so I found it strange that the microphones weren’t delivered at the two-and-a-half-week mark.  I canceled the order and maybe it was a good thing.  Over the last couple weeks I have been thinking more and more about capturing my own field recordings.  I think using other people’s sounds is a must, so sites like have my utmost respect.  But I have a strong feeling that getting out there in the field, imagining the way the recording will work in the piece as I record, is going to be a great experience.

The next step…. what mini-digital recorder?  Ahrrggg!!


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