The Electro-Harmonix EH-R1 definitely comes from an unlikely source, as Electro-Harmonix doesn't make too many microphones, let alone ribbon mics. I've used the EH-R1 at a studio where I've done some freelance work, so I don't own the microphone myself. I haven't used the EH-R1 as extensively as I would like, but I have used it for recording acoustic guitar and a vocal. It's a really warm sounding microphone for the most part, although it does lack the clarity that you'd get with a higher quality condenser microphone. I liked it better for the vocal, as it didn't cover enough of the high end sparkle that I like for acoustic instrument. In the last couple of years there have been a lot of inexpensive ribbon microphones to come out, and this is one of the better ones that I've tried. I'm not sure that I'd buy it for myself, but for the price there isn't much risk involved at all. Don't be fooled by EH making something that might be out of their element a bit, as the EH-R1 is a very nice ribbon microphone for the price and definitely worth looking into if you're shooting out inexpensive ribbon mics.