So lately it's become my go-to snare pre (SC-1mk500). They would probably also make a pretty good drum overhead preamp as they seem to be fast and clean (less colored - but still big sounding). - posted on Gearslutz.com
And after another round of trials, my SC-1's were used by the touring engineer for John Doe (from the seminal LA punk band "X")...this was an acoustic show at the Great American Music Hall, and the pres were used on the vocals. Big, warm and detailed - that's how i would describe the sound and feel. No noise issues whatsoever - very, very nice.