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    Ribbon Mics - Which One Then??!

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    Anybody got any thoughts on & recommendations as to what RIBBON mic I should buy? I recently had the good fortune to sing through an old RCA 44D & I tell ya - there's no going back! Well there is in reality I'm afraid - there's NO way I could ever afford (nor justify) a microphone of this calibre plus even if I could they're as rare as hens teeth around these parts! What I do know however is that I now definitely want a DECENT ribbon mic for vocal & acoustic recording duties in my home studio environment. I'm looking for that 'retro' vibe (a la sixties style sonics, Dylan, Byrds, etc) & was wondering what folks recommend. I don't have much money to throw at this but I do want a 'keeper' & I'm prepared to throw what little I do have at it plus sell a few things in order to get the right mic for me. Just to give you an idea I've been using a RODE NTK valve condenser which I used for all the vocals/acoustics on my last home produced album (visit: www.myspace.com/super8musicuk). It seemed to do an admirable job BUT I've got it into my head that the next albums are gonna feature a quality ribbon mic & the NTK can be used as my room mic (or even get sold to raise ribbon funds!) So .... anybody got any thoughts/recommendations then? Vintage or new? Large or small diaphragms? Perhaps the best of the bunch in each price bracket? All I can find to date is a small Reslo mic in a local pawn shop that I've heard aren't really that great (even though the guy wants 100 GBP and is trying to sell it as 'The original Beatles' Mic!' Any thoughts much appreciated. How best can I spend what little shekels I have on a microphone of calibre that's gonna last me a long time - no more swapping about? THANKS IN ADVANCE! TRiP

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    Oops!

    Sorry, obviously picked the wrong forum category! Let's try that again shall we? I'm off to the 'Microphone Vault'. Ciao!

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    If you find what you're looking for, don't forget to drop a line here, thanks

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    I've been wanting to try a ribbon mic. Never heard one. Let us know what you find. I know there are some not too expensive ones out there. Nady? Not sure how good they are.

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    Isn't Oktava making some good but inexpensive ones ?

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    Oktava ribbon mics (good ones...not fakes, that is) are $300 and over.
    There's also very cheap Apex and Nady.
    Never tried those.

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    Yup, definitely not fakes. I'm just reading some great reviews on the Oktava ML52. Judging by the comments and price, it seems a good pick.

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    I've once seen this one in use:
    http://www.oktavausa.com/Graphics/53.jpg

    ML-53 gives a very open and more natural sound comparing to the sterile Akg c3000b for instance. Those are $400 w/t shipping if you buy from an authorized distributor. ML-52 are a bit cheaper than that.

    You've mentioned ribbon mics and now I want one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by _DK
    ...and now I want one!
    Me too!!

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    In case you can ever afford something expensive, check out AEA electronics:

    www.wesdooley.com

    He does RCA 44 recreations and other less expensive ribbon mikes.

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