Avantone Pro CK-40 by KdPyke
This thing is awesome!
Where to start? This thing does it all. I first bought this mic to use on acoustic guitars, for which it does a fantastic job. The high end isn't brittle, tinny, or overpowering. The mid-range is warm without being too boomy, and the low end is sweet and round. I've also used this mic to record marimba, and the transient response is fantastic. Not the most responsive mic I've ever heard, but still pretty good, especially considering it's 35mm diaphragms.
The switchable polar pattern is a great feature allowing for multiple recording techniques- M/S and X/Y. Because the mics are housed in the same body, all you have to do to get the perfect setup, is turn the top mic the desired amount of degrees. This means no fussing with multiple mic stands or guestimating the angle of the two mics together.
The roll-off is useful for recording percussion, but to be completely honest, I've never found a use for the -10db pad.
For all of it's great qualities, it does have a couple of things working against it-
Namely, I'd like to point out that the stereo 5-pin XLR cable it comes with is a piece of crap. Mine hasn't broken yet, although I expect it might at some point. The splitter box it comes with seems a little on the cheapo side as well- why couldn't they have just included a Y-cable instead of a box requiring additional connections? It is a tad bulky, although I guess it's hard not to be when you've got to house two LDs. The carrying case is really quite nice, and has a spot to keep everything nice and tidy, while remaining exceptionally protective.
At around $600, it's pretty hard to beat. I've used this thing without a preamp going direct to my console, and it still sounds fantastic.