I've recently started writing classical-style piano and violin duets, and I've decided to start recording my work. As a newbie to the world of the home-recording-studio, I'm a bit overwhelmed by the wide variety of microphones and audio interfaces on the market.
I plan on recording the piano and violin parts for my pieces separately, but ideally I'd use the same microphone to stick to a low budget. I've heard that large-diaphragm condenser mics are all all-around, multipurpose microphones, but how will they capture the violin and piano sound specifically (I'm looking for a sort of rich, classical sound)? Also, what are the trade offs of buying, say, a $150 condenser versus a $40 one? Is the difference significant for the average listener?
I'm also curious whether my recording area is adequate for capturing a classical sound. I understand this is a very complex topic, but generally speaking, are larger rooms with more reverb preferable to smaller, dead rooms?