I just picked up a cool D12E. When I A/B it with my D112, the D12E sounds ever so slightly less "bassy" and "warm" then the D112. I've even tried putting them both in front of a B-15R and recording both tracks at the same time. When I compare, the D112 is slightly more "full", but maybe slightly "scooped", and makes the D12E sound slightly thinner in comparison. BUT, the D12E seems to capture almost exactly what the amp is blasting. I can record, hit playback, and it sounds exactly like if I was just playing the amp in the room. (I am recording with the amp EQ flat. Noon for everything.) 1. Am I hearing this correctly? Is the D12E supposed to be not as "bassy" as the D112? 2. Should these 2 mics be placed differently in front of an amp? I've only tried with both of them about 1" away from the speaker grill, and dead center on the speaker. 3. Could there be damage to the D12E? The top on the chrome part has just the slightest indentation, and the black plastic center strip piece is cracked in 2 places. Otherwise it looks in great shape. If so, could there be slight damage that would slightly "cut" the bass but leave the rest at full volume and still sounding really good? Perhaps the "bass chamber" is slightly damaged? Hopefully not, of course. Bass Chamber mentioned here: AKG D 12 E I'm trying to provide as many details to get the most accurate answers. Also, when I look at the graph of 2 tracks recorded at the same time with both mics, they do look very similar. The D12E requires slightly less gain on the mbox to equal the D112. To me, that shows that the D12E is slightly hotter, so I don't think there is a volume issue. Hopefully I am hearing exactly the way these 2 mics are supposed to sound when compared to each other. Thank you.