Hey there RO! I just joined this forum. I'll make this easy. I'd like to have a large diaphragm condenser mic. My budget is under $500 ($300 would be perfect). I'd also like to have a ribbon mic but I'm not sure there are any in my budget range. I'd like a mic that will do well for a variety of tasks such as vocals and instruments. One reason I'd like to have a ribbon mic is that I've heard some great examples of mic'd guitar cabs. However, they are using mics costing over a grand. Here's what I have: AKG c 1000s> ART pro channel> focusrite saffire pro14> PC> ableton live. I see that in another post someone recommended a mic from Welcome to KEL Audio -- Be your own sound!. Of course I don't know anything about this company but I know enough about gear to trust the "consensus" on a forum like this.... So, four questions: 1. Is there a ribbon mic that is good for under $500 or should I stick with a large diaphragm condenser? 2. At what price point will I see an improvement over my AKG C 1000s? 2. Is there a "hands down" leader in this price range? 3. Where is the sweet spot from a price stand point for a purchase like this? Thanks!