I've dragged another older mic out. I bought 2 C1000s - which I think were the silver ones that took over from the original black one from the late 80s - so the unofficial Mk2. They're long gone because they were so widely slated here in the UK, that owning them was tricky. I got this one when they swapped from 9v internal battery to 2 x 1.5V batts. I thought I'd see if I (and loads of others in the magazines) misjudged them? I think I really did - this one actually sounds fine, to be fair.