Originally Posted by alistair
Thanks for all the info guys.
Also, the ribbon mic's are an avenue I haven't even though of. I will definitely have a look into. Generally, what are there advantages/disadvantages compared to condensors?
Basicly, ribbons tend to make things souns fat. Just like you want your guitar to be.
Ribbons are not work horses like a 57. You should take care of them. Never blow into it, never put it in front of a cabinet hole.... well, just take care of it.
Ribbon mics have a very low output. So you will need a pre amp that can give the mic what it needs. But there are also ribbons that have a hotter output Ie: royer 122. But such mic might be too hot for a drum over head.
This is my advice: If you go for a ribbon, go for a royer. You can use it, and abuse it. A royer has a 1 year warantee (wich is pretty cool), and if after a few years you need to re-ribbon it, it will cost only 120$. Not to mention that royers sound good as hell.