Also, MS1s. I bought them used after reading posts for months. Not worth the price. I happily traded mine for a switchbox. SR-60s are cheaper and, to my ears, as good for that sound. I'll probably pick up another pair one day as my boss made me sell him mine.
No, seriously I understand your approach. While the MS1 remains the can I love most, I give in that it has a very ...pronounced and unsilky...way to present its mids, which some might regard as "cheap & screamy". A matter of taste & genre.