I've been using the Sennheiser MD 421 N for about two years. Those who know about the 421 know it is great in a number of different applications. I love using this microphone for tom tom drums, electric guitars, and bass guitar cabinets. It seems to have a slightly warmer tone than the modern 421, and is around a similar price as well. I would describe this microphone as a slightly fatter Shure SM57. The price is about the same price as a new 421 which is quite reasonable for such a great sounding microphone. The MD 421 is an industry standard in recording tom drums and has been known as a great all around dynamic mic. While I can't say this is better than any other version of the MD 421, as they are all great, this has its own look to it and if you looking into getting a used 421 this is just as good as any 421.