I think I might surprise you Mr. Crowley!
I can inspect the ribbon, it does not look ideal.
I suspect the magnets are not as strong as they used to be.
maybe I get some pizza after the mic is fixed, nothing like special delivery.
the way i see it, if the mic already does not work as it should, I have nothing to lose by repairing it myself, at the end of the day I might end up with a mic that needs to be sent for repair, or I might end up with a fine working mic. Too many people feel themselves incapable, probably from being told for so long that they cant accomplish things that they set their minds too. Everything is a learning experience, the man (or woman
who can profit from his experiences is a wealthy man indeed. The only thing of real value that we have is our time, and it is up to each one of us to decide how best to spend it. Personally, I like spending some of my free time fixing broken things and creating solutions... seems like there are problems all abound these days.