Tonight I finally got to use the Avantone on some tracks. Lead female vocals and backing vocals. I used it with an ADK TT tube mic both through an ISA 428 mic pre into ProTools. The outs on the pres were sent through the line ins on the Soundcraft so I could add some verb for the vibe for her vocal parts without printing the verbs. Its a huge, thick, detailed sound, without a bunch of hyped unnatural upper end. This ribbon is a bit brighter than some though not overly. A bit more natural would be my assessment as a lot of ribbons I've been able to use in the past were all a bit dark for my tastes.....other than the Royers.....This one is smooth and silky and combined with the tube-i-ness of the ADK TT, it meshed perfectly for this singer. She has a voice with a lot of chracter in it and these songs demand that to stand out. I attained excellent levels with around a 45 db gain setting on the pre and the HP filter was engaged. The ribbon seemed to sound best on the 'medium' impedance setting, which is 2400 ohms in this case. Its a quiet mic despite the gain required. Its a sturdy well built piece and the suspension mount is quite industrial and heavy. I have it in an ATUS stand right now but when I take delivery of a new roller boom, it will be the stand of choice for this as its quite substantial in weight. I'll be tracking more over the spring break, including some acoustic and electric guitars and will let you know what I think as well as posting some pieces for listening. So far, this is a bargain for the quality vs. price point. Having heard some of the other inexpensive ribbon offerings, I will say that this one is better in every way. The sound is excellent, the build is quality, and the price is within most studios budgets. Nice aluminum travel kit is included as well as the suspension and a very nice wood box for the mic.