- Feb 10, 2001
I have the opportunity to buy an Altec "Birdcage" ribbon mic for around $800. I really know nothing about this mic, other than the fact it looks incredibly cool. Looks a little like Darth Vader - about the size of a squared-off softball. My question is: does anyone know about this mic? Is it worth the price, or might I be better off spending a few bucks more and just get a Royer? (This would be my first ribbon mic). I'm assuming it's probably delicate as hell (and yeah, I'll try and remember to turn of the phantom on my preamp), but if the ribbon breaks, will I be able to find anyone to fix/replace it? Anything else I should know?