Hi, James. Thanks for your nice comment!
For recording I use two MXL 606's (very cheap mics—I think I got the pair for under $150) into a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. The mics are probably...four feet (maybe a little less) away from me, about two feet off the ground, and spaced about a foot away from one another. I experimented with all sorts of different placements and this one gets the most natural sound of all of them in the room I record in. Believe it or not, I did two takes of this recording and my first take was by far the superior sound-quality-wise, but I liked the execution of this take a lot better so I went with this one.
"In music I think it's very, very dangerous if you start to compare and say, 'This is good, this is not good, this is only one possibility' . . . there are so many possibilities, but what is important is to be open to that." - Pavel Steidl