I used a d190 on a really low tuned snare for this session once. Sounded like the snare sound off of the old Al Green records, mind you it was going through a tube pre to tape. It has its place. A mic doesn't have to be hifi to be useful.
We had one years and years ago (me and my 'band' from back in the days) when we were kids.. We lost it somehow at the end.. I never got upset about that.. So if I didn't upset back then - we only had this mic and sure sm58... I don't know what I could think of it now
About a year ago I had to record a full band for a TV show with the gear they had available in that local TV station. It was four D190s and four C460s and just four input channels. I obviously went for the 460s pack but one was dead, so I had to use a D190. Given the chance and the loooooong wait until the TV team was ready to start, I experimented a bit with them.
The D190 was intended as an affordable multipurpose mic but mainly intended for reporters and it was used a lot for this particular purpose in the past.
For vocals it's amazingly noisy if hand held. It picks everything from its body. Better put it in a good suspension. Even if set in a clip it picks any vibration from the stand worse than most condensers. It's extremely sensitive to handling noises. Crazy!
Placed on-axis it's extremely sensitive to plosives. Expect a damn big bunch of pops in your vocal track. This is biggest pop catcher mic I ever used. Truly unusable for this duty. Off-axis it behaves better. It has a very low rejection and coloration so it's good for reporters having the mics placed like a feet away (or so) off the speaker mouth and usually pointing to anywhere else. Think of that typical scene of a reporters crowd around an elusive guy trying to runaway from the mob. A very good mic for that purpose. You'll get the speech flawlessly.
It's said it works good for percussions. So I tried it that way too. It's somewhat in-between an SM57 and a M201. It sounds clearer and more open and upfront than a 201 and not as harsh or piercing as a 57 can be. The bottom end is tight and nice. 57s do it duller of flabbier in the low end register. IMO a good drum mic. It's very small and easy to setup almost anywhere even in a very crowded drum kit, but keep in mind the high noise picking up tendencies. It may need a suspension. Check for low end bursts before tracking your drums.
I got a D190 in 1973 when I started playing in bands- my Dad knew the distributor and got one cheap. I used it on vocals for about 8 years and then went for a newer AKG dynamic. I sometimes used the 190 for snare which it did nicely, but recently I pulled the mic out of retirement and tried it out, but dropped it on its head and it lost all bottom end, so I need a new capsule one of these days!
I have a AKG 190 E mic...the round transducer portion inside the head has twisted off the two wire connections. I can see that a soldering would reconnect the wire and leads but does the microphone come apart more so I can reach the components better?