Originally Posted by tvrgeek
The next step up is in the $4000 range.
Well, there are several steps in between.
Naint and Girardin Panasonic-based mics are in the $100-150 range including calibration. Earthworks Panasonic-based mics start at about $450. An ACO Pacific high-voltage mic kit runs about $1700 for something that's about as good as you can buy -- 3Hz-40kHz, 160dB.