Ok - I know these kinds of threads are a pain, but I'll try and provide as much detail as I can.
I'm looking for an excellent large condenser mic to record acoustic guitar, male vocals (mine), and possibly distant electric guitar miking to mix with a 57. I like warm smooth sounds, so typically I like tubes but I'm open to anything.
You can get an idea of what my voice and acoustic guitar sound like now here - http://www.spinningaroundthesun.com/Music/REINCARN2.mp3
This was recorded using a Senn e865 (live cond) for vocal and stereo Rode NT5's for acoustic guitar - directly into a Yamaha AW1600 - might have used an Art Tube Pro Channel on the vocal.
I've sold the AW1600 since then and now use an RME Fireface 800 which has much better on board preamps. In the future I plan to buy a nice external preamp to try as well.
Thanks and let me know if I can provide more info that will help.
Some mics I've been considering:
AKG C 414 B-XL II
AKG C 414 B-XLS
Groove Tube GT-67