THE HOLY GRAIL OF MICROPHONES - Legendary tube sound for lead vocals, brass instruments and electric guitars. Sure this is not the vintage C12 but it doesn't matter it sounds amazing. Forget all the rubbish you hear on forums, AKG make high quality product and it this didn't live up to their high end spec it certainly wouldn't be in their collection. I know savvy professional engineers who have both and love them for different reasons. Make you own mind up. The C12 VR is the reference multi-pattern tube studio condenser microphone with nine polar patterns selectable by a remote control. Among sound engineers, the AKG C12 is considered the holy grail of microphones. This legendary microphone, first built in the 1950s, is one of the most famous tube microphones in history, and its successor is today's C12 VR. T he C12 VR is an enhanced version of the original C12, from the capsule sound to the original 6072A vacuum tube carefully handcrafted in Vienna, Austria.