So after our discussion of recording marimba and a few other financial events in my life I decided to purchase a pair of Cascade Fat Head Ribbon mics. It turned out that they were out of the original Fat Heads in gold so they offered me a deal on the Fat Head IIs. They came late Wednesday, and I got around to trying them today. Some quick impressions: For $350 for two mic, a Blumlein bar, shock mounts, and a case it is a very impressive package. (I think the standard price on the FH II is more like $400) The fit and finish on the mics is excellent. Smooth, polished metal work. No burrs or obvious imperfections. Good heavy feel. Have not taken the screens off to look at the ribbons until I've tested them out a bit more. The Blumlein bar is solid and sturdy, I don't see any difference between the shock mounts and mounts that sell for $75. Unfortunately, all of the fittings on the case are junk. Makes me nervous just to carry the mics by the flimsy plastic handle. The foam inserts are nice. I've either got to get a new case that will fit the foam or at replace the fittings. I need to do a lot more experimenting to see how to best use them. The sound is very silky and smooth. Just for a start, I made a recording of Alice on alto sax with the Fat Head IIs in Blumlein and my AKG C414 B-ULX in Blumlein as well. Both pairs go to an API 3124+. No EQ or other adjustments to the tracks. While I think it's pretty obvious which track is which, I flipped a coin to see which of the two samples is presented first. Sample 1 Sample 2 Let me know what you think.