Clear, Crisp, and Relatively Inexpensive
I purchased one of these about two years ago, and (stupidly) used it as a hi-hat mic for about ten months. One session I decided to switch it to a middle-overhead position and I was amazed. The mic I used before was okay, but the clarity and crispness I received from the C430 just blew it out of the water. I immediately bought another one so I could use them as a stereo pair, and I haven't regretted it since.
This summer I recorded using my old set up at a buddy's farm house in Afton. Great room, awesome vaulted ceilings, all wood. I loved the sounds I was able to capture there. But mainly I record in my basement studio, and recently I my Afton friend came up to do some tracking. We compared the drum sounds from his house to the ones I just did in my basement, and he said that as much as he liked the sounds we got at his place he really liked the sounds I got in my basement. He commented specifically on the overhead/cymbal sounds. All from the C430.
Best of all is the price. I can't really afford the super high-end stuff, but I can save for between $100-$250 for a mic. $230.00 is nothing to pay for a good quality mic like this.