I just used the AT4040 on solo violin this evening (just finished 20 minutes ago and wasted no time telling the story...) With it directly over the neck and aimed towards the bridge, the sound is absolutely stunning. Realistic, lifelike and quite warm and friendly. I used this as my main and the MG M296 omnis out about 2 meters in my small/intimate studio. With just a touch of Warm Cathedral (2.8ms) patched into the aux bus, it sounds quite nice. You must try this mic on violin. Next, I'll try it on cello. Oh, and of course, Rich has twisted my arm enough, I'll also be buying the DPA 4061s soon enough too. But for the mean time, this will be my go to mic for strings! J.