Whatever mic I do go with, it will be going straight into a Steinberg MR816x to pt9 for awhile. (sold a mackie onyx1220i and got this, and the mic pre's have a noticeably better overall sound). The only ldc I currently own is a rode nt1a. No big surprise here, but I'm not very happy with this mic for male lead vocals. I want to keep the mic, just to have it for future applications if need be (plus it isn't worth me trying to sell it). For the past two months I've been thinking about the Avantone CV12, I've yet to get to listen to the mic, but it has been reviewed well and recommended to me by several different folks. Since I just bought way too much stuff, my next recording gear purchase wont be for a long while, so I want to make a good decision based on that. I'm needing to stay in the $500-$800 range on this too (I know this can limit me greatly...). I would like to have a tube mic, because I really like how tube mics sound and since I have the nt1a now I figured it would be good to go with a tube mic to increase my flexibility to get different tones. This could be very stupid reasoning though, which is why I'm here. Avantone cv12 has been on the top of my list. I've also looked into the Rode ntk, but a little apprehensive to go with this after not being super happy with what the nt1a gives me. Sure KSM32, which isn't a tube mic, has also been suggested a lot, along with some at mics. I have a mp of at4041's, so right now I'd like to have a ldc mainly for vocals and something that would work well with acoustic instruments or guitar cabs. I'm a big fan of clean natural tones for both vocals and instruments. I do like the "tube sound", but not a huge fan of this odd tone that the nt1a is giving me (I've tried using it in several different rooms, with and without sound treatment). Any suggestions for my situation?