I’ve been using a 242C in the studio for years; it’s ok for signals that don’t need much high or low end. It’s pretty boing-y and a little bit noisy. It does have a cool dense, gritty texture that give backing vocals a nice old-school character. At this point, i have learned to always use it in the following way: usually I pre-delay the input 10 or 20 ms; then run the input signal through a gentle compressor (usually DBX 160); and cut the highs and lows on the return to remove hiss and hum that the spring pickups introduce. Oh yeah and the 242C is not really intended for +4 studio use; so i also use a Peavey stereo +4/-10 converter in order to best gain-stage it. So yeah… a lot of support equipment around this humble box. It does get a lot of use tho. Hey at least it has overload LEDs and and a very-useful ‘input mix’ switch with combines both inputs – great for creating pseudo-stereo from a mono source.