I've been sifting through forums quite a while, and I think it would be beneficial to have a thread where experienced microphone users list their favorite choices. Maybe top 3 or something like that. I want to get rid of my pickups/amps and go with a mic, either into a PA, (like a Mackie, with a pre-amp) or an Acoustic Image with built in pre-amp. I'm willing to spend fair money, as long as I can get a really good sound that is workable in a live context. Could those who have had success in this regard list their top microphone choices? I want to get a good idea of 2 or 3 great mics which I can then rent/borrow to see which works best with my instrument. Many thanks, and sorry if this post is somewhat redundant, I hope it is beneficial to everyone to have a discussion limited to this topic.