The M160 is the only ribbon mic I've ever used, so I can't compare it to Royer, RCA, etc- but here's what I CAN say...
Overall, very "smooth" sounding- large, but not out of control or tubby bottom end, slightly rolled off top (about what you'd expect, right?). Sounds GREAT on standup bass, nice zeppelin-y accoustic guitar sound when used with a truckload of compression. Sounded slightly nasally the one time I tried it on electric guitar (about two feet out, aimed dead center of the cone), but I didn't get to play with the placement as much as I'd have liked. I'm really looking forward to trying it as a drum overhead / room mic. I don't know what else is in your mic locker, but for my only ribbon mic (for now...), I'm pretty happy- it compliments my U87, 414s, 421s, RE20 etc very nicely.
They are ^#$%ing awesome guitar mics [don't take my word for it...it's one of Glynn John's favorites...and he's seemed to capture a decent guitar tone or two over the years], and one of my absolute 3 favorite conga/percussion mics.
Originally posted by Fletcher: They are ^#$%ing awesome guitar mics [don't take my word for it...it's one of Glynn John's favorites...and he's seemed to capture a decent guitar tone or two over the years]
Any tips on placement? I was a little hesitant to jam it on the grill like it was a '57.
I've had good luck placing them about 8-12" away, aimed halfway between the dust cap and the edge of the cone for a "close-miked" sound. That was on a 4x12 Marshall cab. On a 2x12 Marshall cab it sounded really good about 2 feet away aimed at the logo.