Ok, I know it's out there cause I saw it! We were at a festival last summer ( Knightstown, Indiana )and there were these mics the sound company had set up for everyone to use. They were attached to the mic stands down on the main pole. They were using them for guitars, banjos, and mandolins, but not necessarily in that order! Anyhow, no one had to get right up next to the mic, or stand perfectly still. They were anywhere from one to two and a half feet from the mics and had no trouble at all being heard! Don't get me wrong, they couldn't move all over the place, but at least a foot from side to side! I failed to talk to the sound guys and find out what they were using. Does anybody have an idea of what they were using? I have been trying to figure this out but don't have much experience in this. Could they have been a supercardioid type mic? They were running everything into a PA but they had monitors in front. I want to run through an amp for now, but will eventually switch to a PA. I've got an ART Tube-Pac Preamp that also has a tube compressor and can work wonders on a mic or instrument pickup, but just wont make a Shure SM 57 do what these mics were doing. HELP!!!!!