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Default 2nd Classical mic pair for location work

I presently have a matched pair of Schoeps CMC6 with the MK5
omni/cardiod capsules. I have used them extensively for around a year
and have gotten the excellent results one would expect on all manner
of recitals, concerts, etc.

For a recent organ festival, I rented a Royer SF-12 and used it to
capture both front and rear balcony instruments from a single source.
Using the microphone schooled me in a few particulars: The Blumelein
pair imaging is excellent, the SF-12 is a wonderfully natural sounding
microphone, a single point stereo mic is particularly convenient, and
you can't have too much clean gain in your mic pre!

Knowing what I've got, and assuming a wide variety of church, choir,
solist and small ensemble jobs in the usual assortment of poor to
excellent spaces that these things happen in, which of these would you

1. A really nice stereo mic (Brauner VM-1S, AKG 426, Neumann SM-69)
- I already have an omni pair in the Schoeps and this would make all
coincident stereophony simple and accurate, especially for Blumelein -
a pattern I will use again for sure.

2. A pair of Sennheiser MKH 800's - small diagphram for better
off-axis, a better low end extension than the Schoeps fig-8, and
switchable patterns. Maintains flexibility of separate use compared
to the fixed stereo mics.

3. A pair of CMC6/MK41 hypercardiods and either a Royer SF-12 or a
pair of Coles 4038's. Same rough price as other options above, but
adds 4 mics to the collection.

4. Spend the bucks and get the Soundfield MK V system. I understand
that it is a coincident only type of system, but I have the ORTF and
omni situations covered - I have a Jecklin disk, etc. Possibility of
doing audiophile surround sound releases is intriguing.

I can and will rent the Neumann SM-69, Royer SF-12, Coles, and
Sennheiser to check out the sonics. I'm more interested in your
perceptions of overall usefulness and value in adding to the
capability I have. Clearly, there's not any "bad" mics in the bunch.


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