I've owned and used a ton of ribbons.... there are better ones than the fat head but not for this kinda scratch. If you have a little more money find an old Naked Eye or the Shure equivalent. Or pony up for a Royer LOL. They're great if you can afford them. But the fat head gets the job done. Very neutral in the vintage to modern spectrum of ribbon tone. A good all arounder though in my world it mostly gets use on guitar speakers. So far its held up well too, even with some serious close micing it hasn't needed a retension in years.