I found a pair of MC-012's on ebay the other day.. they had the plastic clip and everything consistant with the chineese version of the mics... so I sent the seller an email.. just to let him know that he may have a pair of bogus mic's on his hands.
"It looks like those mic's you have are fakes. Guitar Center has been unknowingly selling chineese made knockoffs for the past year (because the distributor is a crook). I urge you to look at this: http://oktava.tula.net/fake/ this is a link to the russian factory's website, and explains how to spot a fake."
Hi! Thanks for your concern,and don't take it personal but I kinda like to believe more Guitar Center then some guy from the internet. Even IF,one more time: IF you are right, they are as good as Russians, I did check every one of them( I have a bunch) I'd say China is probably more reliable then Russian quality anyway. Both chip labor so I don't see the point of making "fake" $100 mics. It's not like it is Neumans or AKG etc.
Personally.. I don't see how lower quality parts would equal a lower quality mic, would you??