Fantasizing about building microphone(s). The Schoeps circuit seems to be the way to go. It's a simple circuit but it weirdly has a lot of stuff on it. And the kicker is that the kits are weirdly expensive.
DIY has a whole thread on it.
The Mouser BOM puts the price of everything other than the 2N3819 $23.91, but the 2N3819 is only a buck-fifty.
A two-layer board for a LDC is $16.40.
Pre-built boards fully populated with XLR's are just under $70.
That means that assembling it together from parts is about $40. If you were to just point-to-point it, then about $25.
Or, alternatively, buy a donor mic and party with it.
Mic-parts sells their kit for $129.
I think point-to-point in a wooden case is the best notion.