I also beg to differ about the praising of the NT1. In my opinion it has the most horrible sounding top end of any mics out the - no matter price. I have no clue as to why that mic has become so popular.
There are two versions. The original NT1 was the one that was regarded as being too bright. Since then it has been seriously re-engineered, and the new black NT1 is a very smooth and versatile. That's why it (not the roginal) has become so popular.