Useful in tough room
I never give five stars because nothing is perfect. For the price, though, you can't beat one of these. I have been using it as one of two room mics in a very tough room. The other room mic is a LDC, which has a very different sound. Using them next to each other to get two different sounds and record different aspects of the music is working very well to tame a rattly, harsh room. The whole setup is very low tech and old style, with minimal direct micing, which makes it even more challenging and more fun to figure out. The CR-14 has been an integral part of that process, and I have used it for other purposes over the last couple of years as well. It darkens up the voice of a specific female vocalist who didn't sound good through the LDC. The LDC is a beautiful sounding mic, but her voice needed the ribbon to tame some nasal qualities. It has also been used to record double bass, electric guitar, clarinet, and probably some other things I'm forgetting. It isn't a vintage RCA, but so what. I couldn't use one of those to its full effect anyway, and if we are honest, most of us who are not professional sound engineers and musicians would be hard pressed to take full advantage of this microphone.
The only reason I wouldn't buy another one is to experiment with different sounds and capabilities. If anything happened to it, I would replace it. You don't see them come up used very often. There's probably a good reason for that - they have the somewhat dark sound you would expect from a ribbon, their response is good, they are quiet, and they seem to be indestructible. I don't recommend this, but I accidentally turned on phantom power and sent 48 volts into my CR-14. I turned it back off immediately and expected the worst. There was no apparent harm to the mic. It still sounds the same as it did before my mistake. Add in the box and durable shock mount, and you have a workhorse that's affordable enough to use for all kinds of things.