(A cheap Radio Shack mic would likely bypass that problem by simply not picking up audio from any distance. Once again, overkill gets the better of me...)
My french horn section arrived on Saturday. I couldn't be more pleased with it. The sound is perfect, and the personality strong - once I got to know it, the piece I was writing veered off in directions I hadn't even considered before. Gotta love when that happens.
So, yes. Two steps forward. I could use some free time right about now to continue that momentum...