Joemeek JM27 by NorseHorse
The JM27 is one of the few mics I ever sold. It was colored, but not in a good way. It was not clean, clear, detailed, or vibey in a way that inspires you when you turn up the fader. Instead, the sound is veiled.
Having owned and used affordable cardioid condensers like MXL 990s, MXL 993s, Rode NT5s, and Sontronics STC-1s, I can confidently recommend them all above the JM27s.
The Joe Meek JM27 is the AKG C1000 of England. tutt
In the interest of reaching two hundred words, I would like to add that they came in a case (nice), with a stereo bar (nice), and with shockmounts (nice). These are cheap, but are still a better deal than the actual mics themselves. At the very least, you could sell the JM27s but keep the accessories for other mics. I repurposed the box to send two pieces of wood in the mail. The mics themselves seem decently built, so I guess that goes in their favor. The elastic on the shockmounts isn't that great. One positive experience – I recorded a bell choir with these mics. It sounded very interesting and since most people don't really listen to bell choirs, they couldn't tell that it was a poor representation of the ensemble.