This microphone has been an amazing investment. Compared to my recordings with my previous microphone I was using (Rode NT1-A) my vocals sound way more present without sounding shrill or harsh and fit in the mix way better. This microphone has a magic quality nothing else in the price range seems to have. This was the perfect tool I needed to finish my children's album! My only gripe is that the store was out of stock of the shockmount and I couldn't get one. The mic doesn't necessarily need one, but it's a little difficult to get the right positioning sometimes with the way the microphone mounts directly to the stand. You are kind of forced to use a straight stand for vocals which some people may find difficult or they will need to buy a straight stand specifically for this mic like I did. It would be useful if the microphone was on a mount similar to the Shure Sm7b where the mic could be on a boom mount but still be positioned so it is perpendicular to the vocalist. Overall though, great craftsmanship, built like a tank, looks unique, sounds amazing, what more could you ask for?