Those in the know will recognize this amazing microphone. For the rest, let me clarify: Sennheiser...say it with me...ahh...isn't that better? This microphone is the top of the line. Yes, it's expensive, and worth every penny. Not as durable as a Shure 58, but then again, it's not meant to be. The signal/noise ratio is astonishing, separation outside the pattern is excellent, isolating just what's in front of it, and if looks are important, you're not going to be disappointed. This is an excellent choice for so many applications. The build is what we've all come to expect from German engineering and manufacturing - there is nothing better. Take good care of it, and you will only need to buy one, ever. Simply one of the most elegant and functionally perfect pieces of equipment I've ever owned.