Here we have a large diaphragm tube condenser with 9 polar patterns selectable on the power supply. It's more or less inspired by the world famous Telefunken ELA M251. Low noise for a tube mic, 138db max SPL, custom wound Cinemag transformer, 6072 valve, stunning chromey-platinumy finish. Handmade in the USA, it comes in a heavy duty flight case which holds a wood box for the mic itself, power supply, quality shockmount, and 7 pin cable.
Not exactly a full on CLONE of the ELA M251, the Peluso 22 251 certainly has some of the main traits of the Telefunken. A very open and detailed high end which is not at all harsh or brittle, great presence, and a rather "sexy" tone. The first words I thought of when I initially fired it up were "full, flattering, sparkling". Great choice for male and female vocals, acoustic guitars, room mic or overhead (add another one for great stereo recording), amps, percussion, pretty much anything you'd ever want to listen to.
The great thing about this mic is that it's very easy to work with. Doesn't require much playing around with positioning, and I'll go right ahead and say I can't remember ever having to do any EQ other than some bass rolloffs when a singer got right up against it.
Another awesome detail: upon ordering any Peluso microphone, it is tested and "burned in" at the factory to make sure that it is in perfect working order and is exactly to spec. Isn't it nice when someone goes the extra mile?
Can't preach about this mic enough. It hasn't come off the stand in quite some time. Buying one for yourself certainly wouldn't hurt. It would be quite the opposite, actually.