I have a Golden Age R1 Mk II ribbon mic which performs very nicely at home. I would like
to try it out on stage with a local jazz band featuring a female vocalist. All the
standard advice is that ribbon mics are fragile and must be handled very carefully and are
not suited to use on stage; in addition pop shields must always, always be used.
So why do I see photos of jazz singers of the thirties and forties, like Billie Holiday
and Ella Fitzgerald, regularly using, what I assume to be, ribbon mics on stage with no
pop shield and no worries?