I've been getting some great suggestions through email correspondence but I wanted to put this question out to ya'll.
You have $4000 and you want to buy a M-S stereo microphone setup(zeppelin and furry included) What would you get?
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The only alternative I'd consider is a Schoeps MS rig, but $4k will barely cover the capsules and power supplies. But equally sweet, for different reasons. If a recorder needs to be factored in, hmm, it gets more challenging, and you start looking at single MS integrated mics...
If you are going to use an 8050 with that setup you are going to need to spend some time learning the pickup pattern and how that affects your decoded MS. The little lobe in the back can play tricks on your image when items move from behind the ring to around the front. Just get a feel for it. Have someone ride a bicycle around the rig and you'll know what I mean.
Take a peek at this new gear. The Dovetail: passive Mid-Side encoder.
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Boom pole of your choice (like NoiseJockey)