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    Hello all. After 2 1/2 on the comeback trail, I finally got into a band that actually performs! (jazz, blues, rock and fusion). Now, I have some heavy duty learing to do!

    I will be playing trumpet, keyboard and light percussion (hopefully in that order!). I need to purchase some equipment, and know absolutely NOTHING about microphones. I would like to do some research into microphones before I walk into the local music store. Not that I don't trust the folks there...they have not steered me wrong yet...but they ARE salemen after all!

    The microphone I need will be used for trumpet, light percussion (claves, guiro, etc) and possibly backup vocal.

    Does anybody have any advice for me before I go looking to buy one? I am kind of hoping that somebody will know of a good web site that I can look at to learn a little about this stuff.

    Thanks in advance.
    Dick Taylor
    Comeback Player
    Benge 65B

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    If its for stage work, then the Shure SM57 will do what you want and not break the bank.

    For recording work, you have a lot more models and factors to consider. I like a ribbon mic for instruments, but you probably don't want to spend $1000 for the one I have. Other ribbons are available cheaper, but you also have condensors and dynamics to consider.

    Some people have reported good results using mics designed for drums - things like the Audix D5 and Sennheiser E604s. Never tried them myself, but I am not surprised.

    However, with critical recording work, you might be better served spending your money on better mic preamps and getting a lesser mic.

    All I have stated above is the tip of the iceberg. Good luck!

    - Paul Artola
    Ellicott City, Maryland

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