I’ve been wanting to try a ribbon mic for some time and finally took the plunge. I got the relatively low cost X1-R passive mic because it gets consistently good reviews. I also purchased a Klark Teknik CT1 mic booster (poor man’s Cloudlifter) to boost the low output of the ribbon. I’ve only used it on an acoustic tracks but I am pleased. It sounds smoother and more natural to me. It seems more forgiving as well. I was careful with mic positioning to avoid “proximity” effect. I am anxious to try it on my amp. I’m done with recording gear for a while. At some point I may consider an active load box/attenuator and cab sims but that’s down the road a bit.