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Old 4th April 2016
Lives for gear

Originally Posted by fndrbndr View Post
The Fathead 2 with the Lundahl transformer sounds brighter with more clarity than the stock transformer to me. I guess I'm leaning towards this one, unless something higher-end that would come in under $500 used would be an improvement.
If you're on a tight budget and you really want a ribbon mic I'd buy a stock fathead and not worry about any mods or "upgrades". Even cheap ribbon mics are great for certain things, and have a naturalness and smoothness to them that's harder to come by in other types of mics. And they usually respond well to EQ, so you can brighten and "open" them up a bit fairly easily. That said, I think the overall best microphone you could get in the $500 or under range is a used 441 , at least that I've heard.