Don't know if this will help, but I've been using an AKG C 3000 mic for quite a while now - and I like it a lot. I acquired it several years ago for about 400 bucks. I would suspect that they don't make it any more, or perhaps they replaced it with a similar device under a different model number. Have a good one. Mike ----- Original Message ----- From: Annabelle Susan Morison To: ddots-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2010 14:16 Subject: [ddots-l] Re: question about microphones I myself have never heard of any of those microphones. I've heard of the Shure SM57, SM58, and SM81, the Neuman 103, 140S, and 193, the C12, the TS, Earthworks, and the AKG414.