Originally Posted by Pasta4lnch
not to hijack but how do the avenson's sound on other sources like acooustics and such? i'm interested in getting them!
The Avensons excel with acoustic sources. They do not impart the glassy sheen that you get with other SDC. You have to drive them in close...really close...like within a few inches... to get that "nearfield" sound. However, the sound is very natural and pleasant. You can put a STO-2 between the tenth fret and body of a guitar, about three inches off the neck, and get a great sound with little low-end mud.
The thing with the Avensons, and microphones of their type, is that they are really great for capturing the small transients that larger diaphragm mics will smear.
Accordingly, i prefer my faster, non transformer balanced, preamps with the Avensons, as it lets those small transients through.