I bought one of these back in late August/received it in early September. It has been worth every penny, especially in the loud band I'm in live. It does well as a recording mic too, with the caveat that due to mic positioning being where it is, the upper register can be a whole lot louder than the lower. I've thought about maybe pairing it with another mic off the bell and trying that to get a mix, but haven't yet. I will also say the other thing going for it as a recording mic is the isolation it achieves. Don't have a good room to record in? No problem, this mic takes the room completely out of the equation.