Pearlman Microphones TM 1 by Bill Hambone
The Pearlman TM-1 is a handmade, Neumann U47 style large diaphragm tube condenser. It uses a NOS EF80 metal tube, which is supposedly identical to the tube found in vintage U47s. For price and performance, this is my absolute favorite microphone. Literally everything I've recorded with this mic sounds wonderful. Vocals especially shine. This mic sounds great no matter what preamp you plug it into. Every engineer I've loaned this mic to has had a hard time giving it back! I have not heard an original U47, but I did shoot the TM-1 out against a vintage Neumann M50. Two different beasts to be sure, but I liked the Pearlman better. The only microphone that I have used that I might prefer to the TM-1 is the Brauner Valvet. However, you could buy a brand new pair of TM-1s for the price of one Brauner. Whenever someone asks me if they should get a Neumann U87 or some other overpriced/overhyped mic, I tell them "NO! Get a Pearlman!"
Dave Pearlman is a really nice guy as well. When my shockmount started falling apart, he sent me new elastics the next day, free of charge. It's nice to be able to call the guy who built your mic on the phone!