I am currently looking for a really nice mic to invest in. I would like to keep the price low but for nice I know that really isn't a option. I used a mic at a friends studio a while back for synths and vocals called the Neumann u47. It was made somewhere around the 50's. I am trying to find something of similar variety. Does anyone happen to know anything about Rode mics? I have been looking at them and they definitely seem to be pretty nice. I also would like to know what exactly is a Valve mic. I have also been looking at the Soundelux u195 ( i think that is the model) has anyone heard about that company? Please let me know.