I first started hearing about the 414EB on these forums, (especially how favorably they compared to the new 414's) so when I saw a chance to buy a used one cheap, I grabbed it. Having had the opportunity to check it out a little in the studio, it has a lovely sound, but perhaps subjectively a little dark. (I don't have the test equipment to do an objective test.) Could be because i'm used to the hyped upper mids of the "modern" mics in my collection. I was just curious if this is "normal" for this mic, or if perhaps mine needs some work. I'm sure i will find plenty of uses for it - horn micing, guitar/bass amps or various drums certainly seem worth experimenting with. I just probably wouldn't try to get a sparkly pop vocal with it. (But then again, I have lots of stuff that will already do that). Any 414EB veterans out there want to weigh in?