Further to a rant I made on a previous posting about condenser microphones, whereby I voiced my suspicions that many are virtually the same item with only minor differences, I came across a page on the recordinghacks website with regard to the now discontinued Soundeluxe U195, also known as the Elux195. According to the article, this microphone retailed at $995 (I presume US$).http://recordinghacks.com/microphones/Soundelux/U195
Now here's the rub. The 1 inch cartridge that appears on that webpage appears to be exactly the same one that is inside my Behringer B-1, which would suggest that if there is any difference, it's only in the circuitry. Like the Behringer B-1, that U195 also has -10dB pad and rumble filter.
My Behringer B-1's 25mm cartridge has failed, in that it bangs and cuts out when sound hits it. After extensive searching, I can only find 32mm ones at higher prices. However, I've now found a cheap condenser mic that's being sold for much less than the Behringers, and that's the Fame CM2, which ( also has a 25mm cartridge, and may very well be the same Chinese component. Anyway, if the circuitry is inferior but the cartridge is the same, it will be a cost-effective transplant donor.
The plot thickens.