Thank you for clarifying, Michael, I see your point. I'm keeping it narrow, that is, we are not judging the sound of the mic, only the marketplace distortion cause by false information. As I stated earlier, there are NO Neumann parts in it, and yes the bodies are new as well.
I did have the occasion to evaluate a 251 they had refurbed, and it in fact did have many original parts in it, but it's the only "refurb" I've seen from them that wasn't all new (outside of the Neumann capsules in their M50 refurbs). I understand the logic- from an assembly line point of view, you can't have anything irregular gumming up the conveyor belt, let alone the stripped threads of an old mic body. Vintage mic repair can be a black hole of time, so they skipped that part and built new mics and called them old, to gain 100% reliability.