The H1 actually uses the same spec mics as the H2n so if you're not planning on using the extra features an H1 may be sufficient.
Plus the version 2.0 firmware update from Zoom allows the H1 to be used as a USB mic too.
I am not to keen of autogain though. You better do some experiments.
I set the input level very low between 15 or 20 and close mic about 4-6 inches from the horn pointing straight at the G# key. A mic stand helps.
I briefly listened to your tracks: Try to keep the H1 at 1 meter from you (little more than a yard, or 0.00053 nautical miles). It should get rid of some unnatural 2600Hz I hear on the recording.
Hi and many thanks for all the replies very informative. I like the idea of the condenser microphone but just wonder if the sound is acceptable. I am looking at the Tascam DR-05 PCM recorder as it seems to get great reviews, and comes in at around the same price as the Zoom H1. I didn't really want the expense of the H2n although it does get great reviews.
Again thanks to all who replied
I think I don't have any: alto is not my main instrument and once my new endorsed alto came in, SML went on holiday. Mostly due to its keywork.I'd love to hear it - do you post any recordings?
I use re-chargeable batteries.H1 does options for WAV or MP3 but no external power so battery drainage is very annoying.
I have to keep spares with me constantly.
A budget is a terrible thing .... ....