I would love to hear an A/B of the new mic/preamp setup on acoustic guitar or vocals vs what you are replacing. Kind of like TPrior, my own experience with a good mic (AT 4051a, $100 off CL) is that when I was able to use it in studio or well-controlled settings, it was wonderful. At home, the quality of the recording of the instrument I aimed it at was just as good, but the takeoffs and landings at the local airport (3 miles away) were also remarkably good . In my house, "better is the enemy of good," as they say. Or, at least, it *can* be.