Today a SP B1 mic was brought by the postman. It came in a carton box, with a nice clip and a foam windscreen. The mic in a sealed plastic bag with a sachet of silica gel, very well done! I have a pair of MXL tubes from the dealer. The V69 tube and the V77 tube. The 69 comes in a nice suitcase, with a solid PSU, a shockmount, foam windscreen, all necessary cabling and it's also in a plastic bag with a sachet of silica gel. The 77 is more expensive, but comes in a carton box, also with all the things like the 69. The SP manual says: "Studio Projects was designed with German engineering in mind. We offer German quality and sound for a fraction of the cost". That must be a typical way of American advertising IMHO, but we Europeans don't like that very much, and IMO it's a little besides reality. I have a Neumann M149. It came in a carton box with a shockmount, a little wooden box for the mic, a dustbag and a special cable. The PSU is a little metal box with a wallwart. Nothing special, a little cheap looking though. The mic sounds very good, but it costs 12 times a V77, some 23 times a V69 and 50 times a B1. The sound of the V77 though is very German IMHO. I wonder, are the days of Neumann limited? They raised the prices of the M149 some 30% in april. I would very much like to have 20 Neumann tubes, but on the other hand, how many great other mics would I have for the same amount of money? Thoughts?