Couldn't help not chiming on this one older thread. But why not.
I have a locker of mics and they all sound like crap through mid and low end converters with many micpre's and bad gain staging.
I have both the Classic and one of the last Classic II made. I love the Classic II. It sounds rich and silky through a Millennia M-2b and SPL Premium> UA 1176 >LA2A > AD Lavry or Prism. And not too hot either.
But so do a lot of other mics I have
Cheap chain, wrong gear and bad gain staging are the cause a lot of misinformation around here.