Originally Posted by Claude G.
many of the low cost ribbon mics, Nady, etc. - I run them through Great River M1NV, Ward-Beck 460D, HCL Affinity 2, and other good pres.....the sound? Not that great. The only lower cost ribbons I use a lot, particularly on harmon-muted trumpet, are the Beyerdynamics....real good!
they are all just colors in the palette...just gotta find where they work.
I have some cheap ribbons too...the Stephen Sank mods take them to a whole new level. Pro Audio Heaven! Vintage Ribbon Microphones, RCA, Shure, Neumann, Neve, B&O and more... - Home Service by Stephen Sank in the manner of RCA
Send mics to:
336 E. Ft Lowell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705
Prices are as follows:
Most single ribbon mics w/NOS RCA upgrade : $200
Most double ribbon mics w/ RCA upgrade : $250
Transformer upgrades : $75
Behringer T1953 Burr Brown upgrade : $ 200
Full Cosmetic Restorations may vary : $150-$500+
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Please inquire for your specific mic. While there may be others that service these for a little less, we are the only shop in the world using 'real' NOS RCA ribbon material and
the actual corrugation tool that Harry Olsen had the engineering shop make at RCA. This combined with the highly skilled knowledge and technique of Stephen Sank, son of Jon Sank, means that your microphone's sound is greatly improved and has a greater value when serviced by our world famous mic shop.
All of our ribbons are cut, corrugated, installed and tuned by hand with genuine RCA tools and NOS RCA ribbon material, in the exact manner of RCA. Many other shops use improper weighted ribbons that are corrugated differently, some even make their ribbons with a machine instead of by hand. We insist on providing only the highest quality service.
There is a limited supply of the original RCA ribbon stock, this is the best sounding material for ribbon microphones and makes a huge differnce in the sound. This is true for RCA mics as well as upgrading the sound of others such as the B&O's, Shures, and Beyers. Feel free to ask questions below, THANKS!