Okay, so I was in Guitar Center the other day...you know...just talking to friends...I wouldn't *buy* things there, right? :wink: Anyway, my usual sales guy always tells me of the good deals they have in the store that he knows I'd be interested in. So, they had this mic. It was $230 (regularly $350 new) because it was a floor sample and they didn't have the accessories to go with it. Knowing the company that makes it and knowing their usual quality, I bought it without hesitation. The mic in question is normally $350 (recently reduced). It used to come as a bundle with other gear that was well below the quality of the mic and what it deserves. The sound is very nice - here are my observations: Advertised as "cardioid" but a little tight for cardioid - I'd call it hypercardioid for most things. Great proximity effect - warm and rich when up close, slightly rolled off far away. Crystal clear, smooth top end with a noticable but very pleasing (not grating or annoying) top end bump around 8k (similar sounding bump to classic u87). BIG sound..."you are there" kind of feeling. Perfect for up front vocals...male country and rock and VERY good on hip-hop. Great on sax! Great on trumpet and bone! Very high sensitivity and wonderfully low self-noise. Built like a tank and gorgeous to boot. Low output impedence - due to the resistance, noise, and sensitivity, this mic will pair well with even moderate quality pres. It will do wonders with high end pres and will work on loads as low as 300 Ohms without a problem. I would pay $1000 for this microphone, much less get 3 of them for that price. Anybody care to guess?