I've been thinking about getting a high-quality condenser mic for stage and recording, and the Neumann KMS 105 was a strong possibility. I did some research on it last night, and saw that it's a $600 mic that sells for $500. Mmmmm, a little too dear for me. I was thinking I could spend maybe $300 for a good mic. So I said, "Well, maybe something else." So today I bopped on over to GC to pick up a few cords, and while I was there, I asked Ron, my main man in pro audio, if they had the KMS 105. His buddy standing next to him says, "Hey ... did you see that used one we just got?" Sure enough, right there in the case, is a Neumann KMS 105, just like new. The price? $299. So I asked to hear it and we plugged it in, and it sounded like it would sound fantastic if some one who could sing sang through it. So I got him down to $275 (less than half of list), and bought the danged thing. Of course, since I didn't have permission from the finance department, I had to do some selling at home. You know, "I was going to get one of these eventually, and there was no way I'd ever see it at that price again, so I just sped up the process. It was an omen from god, the god of Catholics in this case." I think it worked. It's the nickel one.