I've been using this microphone for about six months. Its got a very clear and full sound to me, although it does color it a bit. I went with the thinking that you really can't go wrong with a Shure, and I was not disappointed. The price is very reasonable for a great sounding condenser mic. The shock mount it comes with is a great feature as well, as it makes it extremely easy to place. I also have a MXL 990 and an Audio Technica and I would have to say that this is my favorite of the three even though it is the most expensive. While it doesn't have the craftsmanship or sound of a Neumann, it doesn't claim to and for the price you shouldn't expect it. To me it is worth the price to have a great sounding condenser built with the quality that I am assured of with Shure products. Overall, if I were to break mine I would certainly get a new one.