I normally don't go out of my way to say anything negative about retailers... If I see something that is priced too high, I figure the best line of defense is to simply not purchase anything from them... But this one? This one I couldn't help commenting on - and it's from a supplier that I would normally respect, and who usually carries some pretty cool gear, both used and new; but after seeing this, I'm now beginning to wonder what other gear that they sell is also inflated in price: http://vintageking.com/audio-technica-at2020-usb $145? And that's a reduced price in their "clearance" section? Sweetwater, Amazon and other outlets regularly sell this mic for anywhere between $129 and $144. I won't lie ... I'm not a fan of the AT 2020 in any form; I've had experience with this mic at various home studios and my personal opinion is that it's your basic, run of the mill, budget condenser. The sound leaves much to be desired - although I'd add the caveat that for me, or any other experienced cooker, we're spoiled by nice mics, so we'd hear things that your average home recordist would not. Be that as it may, I had to laugh at Vintage King's description of this mic: "The new Audio-Technica AT2020 USB offers studio-quality articulation and intelligibility. It plugs right into your computer’s USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. Equipped with a USB digital output, the AT2020 USB is perfect for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting, and voiceover use. Based on the renowned AT2020 The AT2020 USB is based on the design of Audio-Technica’s critically acclaimed AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone. Like the AT2020, it features a low-mass diaphragm, custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With low self-noise, the AT2020 USB is perfectly suited for sophisticated digital recording equipment. Audio-Technica’s state-of-the-art design and manufacturing techniques ensure that the microphone complies with the company’s renowned consistency and reliability standards." "Critically acclaimed"? The "renowned" AT 2020? Renowned for what? Frumpy lows, Harsh mids and Brittle Highs? I'm a fan of AKG mics... I love several of the 40 Series, the various 414's over the years have become pro studio standards... the C12 is one of the Holy Grails of mics. Renowned mics - at least to me - would be Neumann U87's, 89's, 47's, 67's....Telefunken ELAMs, older 414's, Coles, RCA's, Royers... But to claim that this $50 condenser mic - which you can even buy at some Sears stores - is "renowned" is, well, laughingly questionable. Sorry for the rant. This just hit me wrong today, I guess.