I wrote a review in Tape Op #44 about the Peluso 22 251 vacuum tube condenser. I was very impressed. So impressed that I wanted to check out the whole line. John Peluso, the great guy that he is, sent me a 22 47 multi-pattern, large-diaphragm, vacuum-tube condenser and a pair of CEMC-6 small-diaphragm condensers.
The 22 47 is loosely modeled after the Neumann U 47 and the CEMC-6 after the Schoeps CMC line. Using big names is a great marketing ploy, but my concern was not so much how they stacked up as clones, but rather how they stacked up as microphones in general. And of course, if they at least bore any sonic characteristics to the models they aspired to emulate.
Since I didn’t get the CEMC-6’s for a while, the first thing I did was borrow John Baccigaluppi’s Neumann CMV 563 “Bottle” with a Neumann M 7 capsule. It was the closet thing I could gather for a comparison (similar to my last test with the 22 251 against a Telefunken [USA] 251). In short, I love this mic! The 22 47 is very rich and round sounding. Nice fat mids and clear highs. It compared very favorably to the Neumann while mic’ing my beautiful Taylor XXV-DR Anniversary acoustic guitar. I also tested it on some vocals, both mine and a friend’s. I put both mics through a Millennia HV-3D with no compression. The Bottle with the U 47 capsule edged it out, but the 22 47 was still remarkable.
It has become, without a doubt, the favorite mic in my own collection.
I’ve now used the 22 47 extensively. It has become, without a doubt, the favorite mic in my own collection. I used to use an AEA R84 ribbon on my tenor player. He has a dark sound, so the AEA, even while applying EQ, was just a little too dark. On the other hand, the 22 47 is perfect. It captured the lows as well as the sparking highs. Very warm and radiant, for lack of better terms. I have yet to find something this mic doesn’t sound great on.
I'd call it the best camera for that price. I'd go for it.
FYI, Downsides are:
* Limited lens compatibility (no autofocus motor, so many Nikon lenses won't work)
* Autofocus is slow enough to be completely useless in live view mode (try it in a store)
* Video mode isn't up to par with Canon and friends. You get limited resolution, awkward frame rate, horrible audio (11kHz with low quality built-in microphone, and no microphone input, and the kit lens will give you lots of image stabilizer noise).
Stepping up, Canon 550D is an amazing camera (albeit without the pivot LCD)