Some of you might have noticed Marshall had a newer mic out not long ago named the MXL V69, a tube mic listing at $399 and being sold by some for under $300. The official Marshall web site had some incredible (literally) specs for the thing, include single digit self noise. Such incredulity was bluntly expressed on RAP not long ago. I kept asking around to see who had heard it, including Harvey, but no one new diddly. After a short while, the Marshall web site no longer showed any specs for the V69. I finally got more info on this mic. Marshall decided to redesign the mic's preamp board at the last minute (even recalling those that were shipped) due to something that they didn't notice at first and which *might* bother some folks, but which ultimately wasn't necessarily a major problem. I won't go into details, as they are irrelevant for everyone except those folks who bought one of the original mics (some of whom refused to send theirs back in the recall). Suffice it to say that the redesigned version has slightly higher noise floor (in line with other tube mics) and a bolder midrange. But none of us heard the first one, so who cares about what they changed? On to my point: they just got their first shipment out last week (export) and we all should be able to get them in another 2 weeks or so. I'm not sure if this is a new price barrier breakthrough on a tube mic, but it sure is cheap. The V77 costs more, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is a better mic for any particular application. Why am I telling you this? Well, first of all, I am considering buying one, but perhaps someone out there reading this will want one even more than me, get it before me, try it, and tell us all how it compares. And if I get one before you, well, you all have no reason to trust anything I would say about it, right? I would normally discuss this on RAP, but at the moment I'm feeling this is a more suitable forum since Harvey did a full review of the original MXL mics, and this is Harvey's forum. And besides, Harvey, you should be getting one from Brent to try out. You might want to ask him about the details I didn't reveal above, as it is a mildly interesting story. But if you do get one, Harvey, please let us know as soon as you can manage it how this mic compares. You're still the pope, even if you can't qualify as a "bottom feeder" anymore. If anybody else gets to try these out, please let us know what you think.