I recorded an album last Saturday in a studio I had never visited before. The engineer put me in a booth with a mic I had never used before: an AKG C12. I’ve always been a little doubtful about the apocryphal stories I’ve heard about some of the vintage mics, tending to think that the quality of the recordings is more likely due to the fact that only the top artists likely get a chance to record in the studios that can afford these mics. In other words, that the player makes the mic and not the other way around. But we just got the roughs of the session back a few days ago, and I have to say that this mic captured the best bass sound I’ve ever gotten in any studio. Wow! It’s too expensive for me to consider buying, but it will make me more inclined to go back to record in this studio again, and to ask studios on future sessions if they have one. What are some of your favorite high end mics that you’ve recorded with in the studio?