This is a great mic! I like the balance between coloration and transparency of sound. Quality case, cable and construction. I think the shock mount is a little less desirable because it holds the mic using tension clasps that seem cheap. Sounds great on a variety of sources: voice, guitar, piano, drums, upright bass, kazoo and jaw harp. The lack of hpf and dB pad seem out of place given the versatility of the pickup patterns but the mic is still a good bang for the buck. (and many mixers/interfaces come with this feature) I compared it to an SE z5600 mk2 and a sterling audio ST69 and found I liked it better than the st69 (too dark) and the 5600 (too bright). The volume seems to drop off somewhat in the fig8 pattern in comparison to the 5600. Final thoughts, I'm very happy with my purchase and would recommend to both professionals and home recordists. Great desert island mic!