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Want to throw my hat in for these as well - the studio I run has probably something to close to 100k worth of really top flight mics at this point, both modern and vintage (usual suspects as far as the old stuff plus over a dozen Josephsons, custom shop stuff from both Dimitri Wolfwood and Shannon Rhoades, etc) but I still have half a dozen M179s, and they'll end up on toms just as often as the e22s. For the price there's really nothing to complain about - they're pretty quiet, they can handle a crapload of level, having infinitely variable polar pattern is a really unusual feature on a mic at this price point and importantly they really sound pretty good on almost anything you put them in front of (but toms, actually toms, I know it's almost a cliche at this point but they slay on toms). Only other large capsule condenser I can really think of around this price point I like better is the Aston Origin, and it's a different beast (fixed cardioid, won't take quite as much SPL). $150 is a decent price too. I think you'd be hard pressed to buy a better all-around microphone for that kind of money.