Okay, so I know there's nothing new about the NT4, but it's new to me. My first "REAL" experience with Rode Mics was the K2 (which some here have recently expressed issues with). I still own the K2 and I am infinitely pleased with it. It is not all mics to all people, but it is a warm, full, non-hyped and non-rolled-off mic that, to me, works in a LOT of situations. I then began exploring many of the other RODE large diaphragm mics. Though I don't own any other than the K2, I've used (with great results and pleasure) almost every other Rode LDC. So...just on a whim, I bought an NT4. I got it as an open boxed special which helped lower the already bargain-basement price. I first used it today on acoustic guitar and more recently (about 15 minutes ago...okay, maybe an hour ago) on woodwind quintet. All I can say is..."WOW!!!" This is one very nice stereo mic! It has a full sound, a tad bit of sheen on the top end (not bad in any way) and a very realistic depth and width! Dare I say, I enjoy this mic (so far) more than the Neumann KM184 (which I've gone on record as bashing in the past anyway, but still...the price difference is staggering!) Granted, there are limited applications for the NT4. Realisticly, it didn't blow wind up my skirt on the WW quintet, but it certainly sounded good! (I just don't dig XY on quintet but everyone else in the group commented on how real it sounded!). On the guitar, however, it's a no brainer! The stereo field is simply amazing as is the depth! If you're in the market for a stereo mic or a stereo pair of inexpensive mics, you owe it to yourself to consider this mic!!! I'll try it on drums later today or tomorrow and band (wind ensemble) this weekend. I don't usually use XY overheads, so it will have to really rock my world to get me to use it there but the wind ensemble ought to come out nicely! My only beef with it is the cable. The stereo mic cable that it comes with kinda sucks. I'll be building a new one (stereo Mogami) in the next couple days. I just have to wait on the 5 pin XLR. Cheers- J.