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Cheapo ribbon Ribbon Microphones
Old 1 week ago
Gear Nut

Cheapo ribbon

Hi fellow slutz,

My son is starting to record his own music and keeps on nagging me to borrow my good mics. He absolutely wants a ribbon for his acoustic and guitar amp and there is no way that I am risking he or one of his little friends killing my royer with phantom power so I wanna BUY him a super cheap ribbon mic.

Here are the contenders:

marantz mpm 3500 r

mxl r 144

superlux r 102

the t bone RB 100

the t bone RM 700

the t bone RB 500

He already has a cloud lifter so sensitivity is not an issue but the ability to take high spl and general durability/robustness are a concern, they are kids you see... :-)

There are very few if no reviews at all about these mics so I thought I'd ask ly fellow slutz what they can recommend.

Thanks in advance!
Old 1 week ago
Gear Maniac
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Buy him a RM BIV-1. I like it way better than the ones you listed. Its € 130. ( I tried most of the sub 500 ones and this one just sounds great.
Buy one for you too, its very good!

And btw, phantom power will not kill your Royer.
Old 1 week ago
Gear Nut

Thanks a lot, I will give it a shot!

Maybe not phantom, but teenage rock'n roll carelessness might! :-)
Old 1 week ago
Gear Nut

Just a question, does it work on guitar amps? That's half the intended use...
Old 1 week ago
Gear Maniac
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Originally Posted by Fantomaz View Post
Maybe not phantom, but teenage rock'n roll carelessness might! :-)
Thats true!

Didn't used it on amps yet (I'm more a 57 guy) but it might work good since it's got less mud and a more controlled proximity effect than the usual cheapo chinese ones.
Old 1 week ago
Gear Nut

I ordered a pair, will let you know how they work out! If they are that great I might be borrowing them from him in the end! :-)
Old 1 week ago
Gear Maniac
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Cool, enjoy!
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