There is a lot of exchange in this post, and I haven't read the full thread. But fearing that this may have been covered already, B&H in NYC have an excellent selection of mics and offer returns/refunds. I was there trying out 414s, U87s, all sorts of stuff.
I had this same concern before I found out about B&H in NYC. I hope it helps. If it doesn't sorry, to bug ya!