Here's one for you: a great multi-pattern mic that absolutely destroys the price/performance barrier - and throws in a shockmount, cable, dust cover, and tutorial DVD! What a bargain! Rode's NT2-A lets you pick the best polar pattern for what you're recording by setting the switch on the front panel. The capsule is designed and manufactured in Australia - which is incredibly imressive when you consider the price! And while the NT2-A is build using the most modern manufacturing techniques, you get a very vintage-style tone. The front panel also gives you a 3-position high-pass filter to help combat proximity effects, as well as a switchable 5- and 10dB pad, which lets you throw the NT2-A down in front of amps with no fear of distortion. When you hear what the NT2-A can do, you won't believe how little it costs!