I'll keep this brief... I lost a Beyer M130 and 1 of 2 M160's I have owned for several years. It happened in a bizarre way that makes me sick to even think about. Now I want a figure-8 ribbon to go with the lonely M160. I COULD just buy another M130, I have about $1K to play with for a new mic. However, I have been reading that Beyer no longer services these mics, and I don't want to pour $600 down the drain on one if the manufacturer doesn't back them. I have been looking at the new active ribbon from A-T (4081), or, there's a used Royer 121 on my local CL for $1K /w. the shock mount. And maybe I should simply scrap the ribbon thang altogether (for M-S) and go with my pair of A-T 4050's (1 in cardioid, 1 set to "8")...any suggestions? Related to this is the fact that I have my heart set on a True P2a pre, and in the M-S mode "locks" the gain settings of the 2 channels together. I lost the original pre/M-S decoder a friend built long ago when I lost the Beyers. I had a P2a 6 years ago or so and miss it terribly, but that M-S feature may preclude my using 2 dissimilar mics. This was not a problem with my original pre/decoder. Feedback?