Peluso 22 251 Switchable Pattern Tube Microphone Demo/Open Box  From Peluso

Switchable Pattern Tube Microphone (9 Patterns) based off the ELAM 251 vintage microphone

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What We Think

Born out of decades of experience with vintage microphones, John Peluso brings us this recreation of a classic that is as faithful as it is functional.  The 22 251 was crafted with the old vintage Telefunken ELA M 251 in mind and presents itself with a similar boldness, top-end, and openness that lovers of the original have come to expect. The 22 251 bears a clean and pleasantly detailed top-end while simultaneously maintaining robust and full-sounding low/low-mids. The magic of the vintage 251s lie in their ability to accentuate those low-mids when utilizing the proximity effect. The 22 251 reproduces this magic with the added ability to further increase proximity effect by pushing the polar pattern into a more hyper-cardioid position. This microphone comes complete with 9 switchable polar patterns that range from Omni to Cardioid to Bi-Directional. Unlike the original which only has 3 polar patterns and a switch built directly into the body of the microphone itself, the 22 251 features its polar pattern switching on the power supply unit that comes with the microphone. With careful construction and attention to detail, this finely contrived ode to a classic is well worthy of becoming a staple in studios everywhere. 

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Manufacturer's Description from Peluso

The Peluso 22 251 is styled after one of the world's rarest and most coveted microphones. It captures the nuances of the vintage "251" sound. The Peluso 22 251 employs a dual sided edge-terminated 34mm gold-coated Mylar capsule and a 6072A glass triode tube. The circuitry and transformer have been designed to match the vintage "251". Whether you're micing snare drums or steel guitars, violins or vocals, the 22 251 will provide great results.
The 22 251 is paired with the Peluso MX-56 power supply. The dual sided capsule in the 22 251 enables the power supply to feature 9 polar patterns in an array from omni-directional to cardioid to figure eight.
The 22 251 features our heavy-duty 8-pin screw on cable connector. The large diameter pins in the screw on connector give a tight and secure cable connection designed to perform for a lifetime of use.
Acoustically matched pairs available upon special request.
Microphone kit comes as a complete system including: 22 251 Microphone in a Wood Box, MX-56 Power Supply, New-style 8-Pin Screw on Cable Assembly, and a Shock Mount all packed in a Flight Case.
Peluso Microphones

About Manufacturer

High-quality, yet surprisingly affordable microphones hand-built at Peluso Labs in Virgina, USA. Peluso Microphone Lab, featuring the new and exciting line of Tube and Solid State Peluso microphones, hand-made in the USA. Peluso has a full service repair lab, twenty-six years experience repairing and restoring all brands of vintage and modern microphones.


Type: Condenser Pressure Gradient w/ 34mm edge-terminated capsule
Frequency Range: 20Hz/24Khz
Polar Pattern: 9 - Switchable from omni- to bi-directional
Sensitivity: 14mv/pa
Impedance: 50/200 ohms
SPL: 142 dB
Equivalent Noise:12 dB (A-weighted)
Tube Type: 5744WB
Power Requirements: Dedicated Power Supply, 115V or 230V AC
Size: 52mm x 225 mm
Weight: 620 g

Sound Clips






Thunderous Steinway D Piano and Sax in Concert Hall - Peluso 22 251 Pair into Pacifica then Apogee Rosetta UV22HR 16-bit


Quiet High Sax Accompanied by Piano in Concert Hall, Peluso 22 251 Pair into Pacifica then Apogee Rosetta UV22HR 16-bit