Wish I would've found you guys sooner. Excellent responses and advice from the moderators; nice to have such a supply of recording veterans out there. I've played a lot more than I've recorded and for some reason, I've always been lucky with friends with good mics, and didn't have to invest in much till now. I've spent the last 6 months trying to find a very specific mic for a really in your face, but smooth vocal sound. A little like the old Bing recordings where he is just so close and the music is just background. I've heard what I want but can't afford it (I got to record a couple of songs on a U47 (a real one), and it was like opening your mouth and having your soul sucked out through your throat. Since that's out of the question, I've been entertaining the C414 (I've used a ULS, but it looks like they don't sell it anymore; replaced by the xls?). Funny thing is that I was just listening to some comparisons of the RE20 and the SM7b with deep male lounge singer vocals and either of those mics would probably cut it. Both have earned their street credit to be sure. The unmixed Re20 is a little more in your face than the SM7b which is good, and I'm worried that the SM7b is not going to be clear enough. The SM7B is forgiving however, and my recording situation isn't perfect (just a portable vocal booth and carpet). Got some recordings of what turned out to be my neighbor two houses down using his table saw added to my background vocals the other day. That was on my much loathed mxl 990 (I still haven't found anything I like it for...maybe second mic on an acoustic guitar to mix in string action when using a transducer under the bridge). Which is a good example as a comparison mic. The mxl 990 is a sibilant, tinny, over-picky, good for recording the neighbors cat meowing a block away but not the natural bass tone in anything microphone; when you go looking for the information in the mix it just isn't there. I admit that my skill as a producer and sound engineer is lacking, and that I want to focus on being creative and recording tracks, so I am looking for something a little forgiving. Matching vocalists to microphones is like picking out a car, noone can do it for you because there are just too many factors involved. In this case I don't have many opportunities for a test drive. An engineer buddy from the states reccomended the Geffel 92.1s to me, and he knows my voice, but without singing into it I just can't make a decision at that price. I know the Rodes NT-1 and I don't get along and the Neumann 103 is so clear that it sounds like I have a lisp with it (maybe I do have a lisp, but with that mic I can hear my teeth falling out thirty years from now). Your inputs are much appreciated. Hope I was specific enough, but as you've all said you just need to try them out to see what sound each vocalist and mic acheive together. Think Michael Buble. Anyone know what he's using? I don't really care Dynamic, condenser, Ribbon, but I doubt I well spend over a thousand unless one of you become insane and want to sell me your Dads U47.