Gee, I don't really know these two particularly well, but I hate to see your question languish like this...
I would think these are both good mics vs. competition at this price range. You also might want to check out the SE 5000, a c-12 imitation from China. It sounds pretty good for $300.
Is "good sounding" the main or only consideration? Certainly the Blue is a handsome mic that will impress clients. I wish I could be more help- don't worry, people will jump on this one soon. I could always offer the advice to try them both and send one back. Cheers, Doc.
I own a Rode NTV and a BLUE Dragonfly. While obviously not the exact mics you're considering, they do have the characteristics that both companies are know for.
Rode large condensor mics are very good sounding mics that are fairly neutral until you start giving them more SPL. Once you start pushing them they have much more bite to them, by that I mean they really can develop a nice full sound. BLUE on the other hand makes mics that typically have a mildly sculpted midrange along with great detail on the bottom and top, quite different from the Rode mics.
So much depends on the rest of the chain, but if that remains fairly neutral and offers good headroom, you can get great vocal and acoustic guitar sound from either mic. The Rode will be the most neutral until the playing or singing gets agressive, the BLUE will offer more detail.
It's a tough call, both companies offer great value in their mics.
I own a pair of NTK's and a Blueberry.
I use the Blue on Acoustic Guitar and Male
vocals and sax. I is a stellar mic. The pair of NTK's are an awsome value as well: Trumpets, Bones, Sax, Vocals, Electric guitar, Drum OVH's. I trust both manufacturers quality...you can't go wrong with either mic for the money.
The baby bottle is rather unusual mic with very high output, so it's generally recommended that you run it in to a pre with at least a -10db (or even -20 db) pad or it will tend to clip at the input on loud sources.
The NTK seems to be a pretty universally loved mic these days, whereas the Baby Bottle is rather unique, as it is either loved or hated, depending on which user you talk to. Most seem to agree that, strangely enough, it sounds awesome on kick drum.
Anybody ever used any of the two (NTK and Baby Bottle) as a stereo pair? I can get both for a reasonably good price, but my mind isn't made up: one is a tube mic (mmmhh..sweet tubes), the other is a well respected mic from a cutting edge new manufacturer and is receiving raving results; I'd like to use the pair I'd get as ensemble or orchestra stereo OHs.
I use 'em both. Between the two, I'd start off with the Baby Bottle. It has a very forward mid-range, and lacks to harsh or hyped high-end of other LD's in the price-range. It has a kind of "ribbon" flavah to it, but with tons of output.
NTK through an MP2-NV was absolutely killer on the singer we tracked a few weeks ago.