I'm looking to buy a microphone to record myself playing my musical instruments. I want to record YouTube videos at home on my laptop. Having done one recording and posted it here in USMB, I don't feel like it did the instrument (an all solid wood $600 mandolin) justice. My laptop's microphone is OK for just talking, but recording music demands more. The recording I have here in USMB sounds a bit tinny, kind of like what you might expect from a cheap, laminated (plywood) mandolin, selling for about $100. The recording doesn't match up to the real sound of the instrument, which is very woody, deep, powerful, robust, especially on the double stop tremolos. So, what I want to do is get a microphone capable of plugging into my laptop's USB port. I know that a condenser mic is the kind for home/studio recording, but I don't know much about them, and I'm looking to spend less than $100.