As I've been getting asked this question a lot recently, what the heck, I'll post up the 1st thread... Several guys have been asking me about getting a C414, and whether it's a good investment, or a decent mic. My response has been, that every good mic locker has at least a pair of them. I find the C414 as one of the best overall bang for the buck mic's there is, besides the SM57. The multi-pattern capabilities means that with a pair of these mic's, you can record any of the popular stereo techniques. While not the be all/end all of sonic quality, these mic's are certainly capable of producing professional level recordings. Discuss?