The Ball is amazing. Period. LOVE it. Everyone was freaking out about it. Used the ball with a Manley VTL tube reference mic pre,Pultec EQP1 (creative custom) and a neve 33609 limiter for a room mic. Simply amazing. I think I need to get another one soon, as I am in love with this mic. They “listen like a fan” is what I described the response as… Really great. There was an Acoustic bass in the room playing with the drums, and the Bova just “took down the glass” between us. Really, really great! I have not had a chance to get the pre’s rolling yet, I will today, and I am betting that the people that make the ball are going to really knock my socks off with a mic pre!