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the t.bone RB 500

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Ribbon Microphone

  • Very warm, natural sound
  • Figure 8 characteristic
  • 2” Aluminium ribbon (strength: 2 µm)
  • Frequency range: 30 - 18.000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: -60 dB /1mV/PA (0dB = 1V/PA @ 1 kHz)
  • Maximum SPL: 148 dB
  • Delivery incl. U bracket and padded carrying bag
  • XLR cable attached to the microphone
Condenser Microphone No
Clip-On Microphone No
Incl. Clamp Yes
Stereo Pair No
Polar Pattern Figure Eight
available since October 2004
Item number 172090
£81
Including VAT; Excluding £8 shipping
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Unbelievable
Nkeman 24.12.2020
I was told so many great things about this mic and it totally did not disappoint me!!
I own really good mics for my drum studio, including a Neumann Tlm 107 that I use as room mic. While that mic is amazing, I wanted to also add a Ribbon mic to the mix for tunes in which I needed a darker sound and less cymbals in the mix. Look no further. This mic sounds fantastic even with no processing, just sometimes the low mids need a bit of control with an eq but nothing crazy, it just sounds good for drums, you get a lot of the body and fatness of the drums. The only con is the cable that's attached to the mic directly, not always ideal, but it really is a minor thing. The look of it is fantastic as well which kinda adds to it.
Do yourself a favour and get this, at this price it's a no brainer
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The t.bone RB 500 My new favorite
Banditman 12.10.2021
I have tried and tested both of the mics. Delivered today. Including the two Thomann FetAmps. Included in the Kit. First quick delivery as usual. Packaging undamaged as usual. Well Packed as usual. I must admit these Microphones are much better performers than I expected. Sound quality is amazing. With or without the FetAmp. I can not hear any unwanted noise at all. Less gain is needed using the Microphones with the FetAmp which is to be expected. You would think they where a matched pair in my sound tests. Running into a Behringer XAir XR18 for all my tests. I use my Fifty or so mixed collection of affordable microphones for Human voices, not instruments for disclosure. I must say I only have four other microphones near the quality of these. In conclusion Thank You t-bone. Thank you Thomann for great price and free postage and great service as usual. Mr D Parsons. Northeast of England.
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Great character
Anonymous 31.03.2015
As usual, t.bone delivers fantastic mics at an affordable price. This one is quite extraordinary, it renders a warm, rounded-off sound with a lot of character. Picks upp the slightest tone changes for high-volume things lika a valve guitar amp. Been using it together with a t.bone MB 75 on a Fender Blues Junior which I found is a fantastic combo for a rich, detailed and big guitar sound.

Also recorded some vocals with this and sure, it is not the brightest, but a perfect fit for more mellow/vintage-y styles of music.

Do be aware of how ribbon mics work before you consider buying one - they are very sensitive to the surrounding room due to their pickup patter. If you want to try out the ribbon sound - do like me and start with this one, it is impossible to be disappointed given its price.

If I would point out one flaw is the arrangement of the included, non replaceable mic cable - since it cannot be replaced I would have liked a more sturdy one. Also, it makes it a bit difficult to fit the mic in the included case.
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I love the sound, but the stock transformer was noisy
loneliboy 15.11.2021
I mainly use it for acoustic guitar. The strumming parts are very usable, but for picking it's just too noisy. On all the tracks there was a very audible background hiss.

I ordered a Lundahl LL2915 ribbon mic transformer. After a couple hours of soldering and a couple of burnt fingers the noise is gone and it sounds divine. Not sure if it was the tranny or the sloppy soldering. Can't say that my own soldering is top notch either. Pretty sure the warranty is void now :)

BTW the LL2915 was to big to fit inside the original tranny shield. I bet LL2912 would fit though. If a mu metal core is a must I recommend LL2914 or a different shielded tranny.
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