...this is the first Heil I have owned. I figured..."well Heil why not, it's on sale." Little bugger ended up wrestling with my SM7B for top shelf status. Kidding aside this is a wonderful mic that works. Like all my dynamic and ribbon mics I run it through Crimson Audio's Mogaines ribbon preamp so the sound thru this mic seems so full you would think you are hearing the signal from a large studio condenser. For my money this mic deserves 5 stars and a pinata to beat up on...buy it.