Telefunken Elektroakustik CU-29 Copperhead by thelowcrow
Telefunken describes this mic as "present but not harsh", and as marketing-speak goes, they're right on the money.
The CU-29 is a large diaphragm, cardiod-only, tube mic utilizing a NOS EF-95 tube and a Lundahl output transformer. If you crack open the mic body, you'll see one of the most spartan circuit layouts I've ever seen in a microphone. It comes with a shock-mount, 7-pin cable, power supply and mic box. There is no carrying case, no HPF, no pad, and did I mention it was cardiod-only? For a mic at this price, I would have liked to see at least the carrying case, but I'll trade a pretty box for a solid mic any day.
This is a quiet, well-built microphone that sounds great on a variety of sources, but it has some caveats. This mic is very present. I have used it to great effect on upright bass, acoustic guitar, female BGV, drum overhead and the M of an MS setup on a group of BGVs. Sonically, it wants to make whatever it's on "poke through", which is great for any instrument that you would normally boost upper mids on. I love it for jazzy upright bass, or a relatively dark mahogany-body acoustic guitar. Contrarily and unsurprisingly, it sounded awful on fiddle (over-emphasizing the bow-to-string noise) and banjo, and can hype sibilance on many singers.
This is not an all-around, workhorse mic, but it generally gets used on nearly every session. You have to think your way around this mic a bit, but if you're looking for a "forward" mic that's not brittle like so many of the budget LDCs, then reach for the Copperhead.