"excels in close miking and percussion of all kinds."
This mic sounds incredible on percussion and close-up miking.Because of its lower sensitivity,its also great for multi-miking.A good quad cable and a decent pre-amp will make this mic shine.However,if you want to record a quieter instrument,I suggest a more sensitive mic like a rode nt1a.
The -10 db pad and low-cut switch are priceless.Close-up vocals need a low freq cut on a cardioid mic.The -10 pad is great if you have some serious decibels (like a drum set or a loud amp)cranking thru your mixer.
Overall,not worried about the quality.Very sturdily built.
Havent needed support yet .
Considering the quality and the relatively low noise specs,this mic is a steal.I've seen some more expensive mics which are far noisier than this one.
The Wow Factor:
I also own 3 rode nt1a's and i added 3 more of this mic because of its lower sensitivity.I found the rodent1a better for far away mic placement and softer music passages.The MXL 770 Ive found works best closer up like a turbo-charged dynamic.Its very practical having several sensitivity options to your mics.
I wouldn't need to buy another one in a long time because i bought THREE,in case of a mishap.Im spoiled with my rodent1a so i guess i dont like the noise specs.But lets face it 80 db s/n ratio is still pretty good,A-weighted or not.Im overall very pleased with my purchase.