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On 9/8/2014 1:08 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> My best oral history interviews have been done with a pair of Sennheiser
> MKH-416 short shotguns and the CD-rez recorder de jour. (My first and
> longest trial with it was with a D8 DAT in the 90s.) I wonder what would
> be an economical replacement for the MKH-416. I think Rode has one that
> is more-or-less equal, but, alas, that may include price.

If you can put up with a pattern that's merely hypercardioid instead of 
short-shotgun, you might try the Electro-Voice RE16, and it works well 
sitting on a piece of foam with the capsule floating just above the 
tabletop ("mouse" mounting as Richard noted). I've had a lot of luck 
using it for oral history interviews. Tough as nails, too.

Peace,
Paul