Last week, my friend told me, how he recorded his worldwide million selling hit single "Lemon Tree" of his band "Fool's Garden":
He had a Fostex 1/2", a soundcraft 16/4/2, an atari, a bedroom in his parents house and ONE fu**ing 409.
He recorded everything with it, Live-Hihat (drums out of the box), guitars, and vocals. Vocal sound was a little muddy, so he "fixed" it with his "conrad electronic" (germanys radio shack) parametric EQ.
Yeah, and he put a dustbin over the 409, when recording guitar, he wanted something weird.
If you get a chance to hear that song - it's real 409 magic.
I'm crazy for mics, old ones, tubemics etc.
Own a 509 for years along with other great mics, never liked it anywhere, thought it was poo, a bad joke. Now that lemon tree thing really ****ed me up.