This mic is the vintage version of C 451 B small-diaphragm condenser and yes it sounds even better. Year: 70th. It's a classic used a lot on overheads or as a spot mic for cymbals. Also fantastic on acoustic instruments. It is crips, clear, open and handy for placement. It's small in size, versatile, well built and has few capsules you can use with the same pre-amp. Best known are CK1 and CK2 (omni). Comes in black or silver.