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    Next purchase...ribbon or tube mic?

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    I have the following LD condensor mics already:
    AKG C414BLS
    Octava 319
    Neumann U87ai and TLM103
    Shure KSM 44
    Rode NT2000
    Also have 2 Avalon 737sp that can be driven to give the "tube" sound.
    Should the next addition to the locker be a tube or ribbon mic? I already have an adequate supply of SD mics. Sorry, meant to put this in the Mic forum.

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    Since I only have a few high quality mics, just looking at getting another for voice and general use (acoustic guitar, piano, brass, etc.) I often have 3-4 vocalists and 2 accoustic guitars and sometimes a banjo (7 tracks) and I'm trying to decide how to best meet the need with about $1000.

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    I'd say ribbon. Just my $0.02.
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    If you record guitar amps or brass from time to time, I wouild also say a ribbon (assuming a good ribbon like Royer, etc.) - since you already have a varied collection of large diaphragm condensers.

    You didn't really say what you have in small diaphragm condensers, but that would be another place to upgrade if, for instance, you don't have any good small diaphragm omnis, or if you aren't happy with the ones you have now.

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    ribbon is a good choice. they can actually handle a lot in the SPL, they have there very own sound quality

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    For a $1000 budget, I personally think that the ribbon mics available are much better than the tube mics you will get. As far as LD condensors go, it looks like you have a great atart. Are any of them pairs though? If I were looking for a new LD condensor, I would worry less about whether or not it is tubed... but maybe look for a mic with a lot of character
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    I've been looking at the AEA 84 as well as the 92. The 92 is supposed to be designed to be crisp and clean on 1 side and darker on the other side supposedly giving more versatility. Anyone tried it to see how well it works?

    I have eight or nine SDCs, 2 MXL 603, 1 604, 2 Sure KSM 109, and 2 Samson CO2s. They seem to work well. I've used them on Violin, Viola, and Acoustic Guitar with good results. Thinking about a matched pair of Royers SDCs though.

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