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Recording by computer is another option without paying theprice for a fancy digital recorder with an LCD screen. Depending on the audio level, computers tend to be very sound-manipulative. From my experience, computers are very particular about the impedance they get.
Thoughcomputers are one of the poorest methods for acquiring good sound via analog mic input, the line level option might be the way to go for the best unaltered sound. My advice would be to find a good preamp in the $30-$60 range, use it for boosting the mic signal, and feed it into a computer – also make sure that the sound input setting is switched to “Line In”.