The 195 is an excellent mic. It's very rich and very detailed. The thing has that U87, real life but a little better type sound, with a little rise to the high end when compared to an 87. Put up a cheapo chinese condenser like an SE or SP, then replace it with a 195 immediately after and you will be floored by the difference. The thing about the high end on the 195 is that its rather hyped. It can be a little harsh up top. Not in the grainy, brittle, under detailed cheap mic way, but in the just a tad sibilant way. The type that can be fixed by a de-esser, good eq, or a nice smooth preamp. It does require a bit of gain. Quiet sources should avoid it without a good preamp. Also, the thing has some weight(physical) due to the transformer in it. It really does have the feel of being a sturdy and well made piece of equipment as well.
This all being said, the 195 is an extremely versitile, and all around good sounding mic. There is no doubting it status as a true piece of professional equipment. Also, it is a beaut. It really is one of those things that make a person say "Ooo, that's a nice mic. How much did that run you?".
If you do get it, the foam in its case grips it real tight. A good way to deal with this is to put a ribbon under the center of it and leave the 2 ends on top of the mic. This way when you take it out, you just grab the ribbon ends and pull up and it will come out easier.
Last edited by DJBlueDrink; 15th May 2009 at 07:33 PM..