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NT3 or NT1A?

I want to buy a microphone for home recording. I`m plannig to use it for both piano recording and vocal. which one is the choice? ( is piano recording just like guitar?! I mean, after choosing the proper microphone for piano + vocal , does it also work good for guitar? )

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Either mic will work for piano, vocal and guitar.

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  2. Dynamic - do not require a power source. Most famous of all is the Shure SM57 (instrument / vocals) and SM58 (lead vocals) used by many musicians and singers around the world.
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In case of a clarificationdon't hesitate to post.

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