What a refreshing post! Anything sounds good in a vaccuum. Without a point of reference, there is no point. It's so nice to read a post where the OP isn't just arguing from buying preference, which is why so many discussions on audio forums aren't worth a flip. If someone wants to shout me down about how "correct" strings and brass and horns and cymbals and snares and such sound on a recording (tape vs. CD vs. vinyl vs. high res vs. this or that pressing/release, tubes, solid state, whatever), they better have spent enough time in a practice room with the instrument, actually playing it and/or in the studio listening to/recording these instruments... at least more than me. I don't have that kind of time in with vintage ribbon mics; but, I have that kind of time in with the actual instruments. But, as soon as you say something like this, along comes the tag of arrogance and the need to duck because someone's gonna throw a theorem at you, again. Sheesh. I'll stop there. Bravo, Steve! Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Tell it like it is.