Well, Blue Microphones is offering a $200 rebate on their Woodpecker ribbon mic. Tom Bethel and others have given this mic good reviews. I've been thinking about getting a better ribbon lately since my Cascade Fat Head II ribbons have been doing working out surprisingly well on acoustic instruments. I'd like to see if I can get that "ribbony" smoothness in a more precise mic. I expect so from the recordings I hear with better ribbons. So here is the middle of the ribbon landscape as I see it sorted by rounded off street price. Beyer 130/160 - $700 AEA R92 - $800 Blue Woodpecker - $1000-$200 rebate AEA R84 - $1000 Royer R-121 - $1300 Royer R-SF-1 - $1400 Am I missing anything obvious? I see that Groove tubes is offering ribbons in this range but have not heard anything about them. So I'd like comparisons of these mics from people who have tried more than one of them. Clips would be nice if you have them. If I really am going to do this I probably have to figure a way to audition them all at the same time. (Or at lease those I settle on.) Anyone know where I can rent several of these?