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    I saw this on ebay. Didn't know if any one would be interested.

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...ne?sku=277401X

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    ...this one's better (same price):
    http://www.cascademicrophones.com/ca...AT%20HEAD.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidvybes View Post
    These Cascade mics look very interesting and surprisingly cheap. Have you tried any of those? How good are they? Do you need any special preamp for them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by _DK View Post
    These Cascade mics look very interesting and surprisingly cheap. Have you tried any of those? How good are they? Do you need any special preamp for them?
    ...haven't used this mic, although I've had a few different models of the Chinese (Nady, Apex, etc.) ribbon mics...they are actually quite good for the price, but this Cascade model has been getting consistantly good reviews in some of the diehard audio publications...looks like an excellent opportunity to give a ribbon mic a try...they do require ample preamp gain to get the most out of them (60-65 dB), although Cascade does offer the Rode D-Power Plug adaptor which boosts gain inline (never used that so I can't comment on it's effectiveness)...at this price point, I'd give the "Fathead" a try...
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    I had a Nady RSM-2 ribbon, which I recently sold here and a Karma K-6 ribbon and I definitely preferred the Karma ribbon-- it's phantom powered, which seems to give more gain, and I got very good results with it on acoustic, electric amps, and as part of a composite sound for vocals. The Nady sounded good as well, so YMMV.
    I haven't used the Fathead, but a good friend of mine does on his amps and he gets a great sound. I guess there's a number of good values right now-- particularly all of the ribbons that are part of Chance's group buy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidvybes View Post
    they do require ample preamp gain to get the most out of them (60-65 dB),

    If you are recording guitar amps, drums, etc., I wouldn't worry about this at all. Finger picked acoustic guitar, perhaps. I personally am dying to get my hands on the group buy ribbons to start tweaking transformers. I have a feeling the lollipop ribbons from Chance's buy are nearly identical to the Fatheads but the Fatheads have some transformer love.
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    Right now, Karma k6 ribbon mics are on sale for $200 each and $400 for a matched pair.

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    I have a Nady RSM-4, which is the exact same mic as the Cascade Fathead, only no shockmount. I regret not picking up the cascade instead for only nine bucks more, but whatever.

    The Nady has worked well on tenor sax, but I haven't gotten around to picking up a pop filter to try vocals. The pre I'm using is either input 1 or 2 on a firepod.

    You can't go wrong having a ribbon around, anything in that one to two hundred dollar range is going to be useful.

    I would jump on that K6 if they're really going for two bills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obi-Wan zenabI View Post
    I have a Nady RSM-4, which is the exact same mic as the Cascade Fathead, only no shockmount. I regret not picking up the cascade instead for only nine bucks more, but whatever.

    The Nady has worked well on tenor sax, but I haven't gotten around to picking up a pop filter to try vocals. The pre I'm using is either input 1 or 2 on a firepod.

    You can't go wrong having a ribbon around, anything in that one to two hundred dollar range is going to be useful.

    I would jump on that K6 if they're really going for two bills.
    Using the Firepod's pres for a ribbon? Good to know - I'm thinkin about gettin one a these Cascades, and Im picking up the Firepod at GC today
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paj View Post
    Right now, Karma k6 ribbon mics are on sale for $200 each and $400 for a matched pair.

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    ...once I bought my Karma K6 I sold all my other Chinese (Nady, Apex, Stellar, etc.) ribbon mics...no comparison...the phantom-powered K6 is noticeably superior (IMHO) to the OEM Chinese ribbons that are all over the market...at $199 it's a steal...best-bang-for-the-buck!...

    link here: http://karmaaudio.com/products.html

    ...on a side note, anyone looking for a great set of drum mics should check out Karma's clearance site...the Phoenix 7pc. mic kit is killer for the price...works great on live gigs and is surprisingly good in the studio...built like a tank too...$99 for 7 mics including two overhead SD condensers...

    link here: http://karmaaudio.com/clearance.html
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