Building your kit gets really expensive really quick. But I don’t have to tell you that. Instead, let me tell you something a little more useful. If you already happened to splurge on a pretty decent recorder, you can get away with a cheap microphone for quite a while. I have the facts to prove it too. I spent part of my weekend comparing how my Takstar SGC-598 (My very first microphone!) sounds when used with my three Zoom recorders. The H4n. H5, and F8 all performed relatively well for being paired with a $22 microphone.