Topic: The Most Important Piece of Equipment - Brilliant Demonstration
It's the room you're in.
Check out the quite awesome video of a simple drum pattern played in a variety of different acoustic spaces. These are recorded dry. No 'verb, no EQ, no coloration at all. Just the mic and the kit and the space.
So the next time you're wondering about what to use to record, spend some time thinking about *where* you record, too. It will make more difference than anything else you can buy.