I have a CAD GXL1200 with which I'm very pleased; did have a pair, but one went u/s on me
('twas an EBay second-user job). The self-noise is very respectable and, as I understand
it, they're fairly similar to the MXL 603.
Also have a look at the Superlux
S241; it's had some very positive comments over at "the other place".
isn't a factor you might want to consider a Rode M3 - very positive review by Hugh when it
first came out.
I couldn't get on with the SE1A m'self, but don't read too much
Oh; and if you decide to sell your NT55s AND they don't go to The