If you post a pic of the internals, chances are the circuit looks familiar and someone might point you to one of the familiar China-mic schematics. Lots of cheapo mics use very similar circuits.
It looks a lot like the Studio Projects B1
Looks like a 797 capsule to me - e.g. Røde.
> ...lighting tends to be lazy and typically finds a shorter path (such as my microwave oven).
If it's really bad, maybe something is faulty?Are those two big electrolytics in the signal path? If so it may be worth swapping them in case they've gone bad.Be careful - the board will probably melt!
punchy fat bastard chip
K87 filters have been discussed here before. I agree about the Chinese high-end - it's pretty nasty, although I've just gone the route of not using those capsules.
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