Originally Posted by endofall
I have always been very DIY driven anyways, so thats not a problem! Im going to look into the Apex 205! Thanks for the comments, is there any other modifications/adjustments that would need to be made to the apex to stack up to the Cascade? Thanks
Sadly, yes... all the chinese ribbon mics (including the Cascade mics) have ribbons that are too thick. They will certainly work, but they will have less fidelity, less apparent volume/ output and are generally less sensitive than if the ribbon material were thinner. They say they are 2.5 microns thick, but they are actually more like 6 micron thick. So to optimize the mics, you need to form your own ribbon.
But take heart, there is guy on here who has gone through the trouble to make it happen. Here is his web site and all the info you need: DIY Ribbon Microphone Design - Ribbon Replacement Techniques
And no, it is not me!
You can also consider ripping out the one layer of inner mesh from the mic body. It really does make a difference that is noticeable and better, IMO.
Okay, transformer, inner mesh, new ribbon... you are pretty much buying a mic body and an empty ribbon motor. But it is still way cheaper than any other thing out there, and it will be a very useful recording tool.