Little by little, I'm discarding some of my more budget brands of mic stands and replacing them. I own one Hercules stand (tall boom), and two Atlas booms. The eazy adjustment of the Hercules is nice, as is the Atlas counterweight for my 414s, Bluebird, and other heavy/oversized mics. While I like these features, equally important to me is the durability of the threading (really any moving part) of stands, and especially booms. This is where others have failed. Having only owned the Atlas booms for a month or so and the Hercules for a year, I can't make a fair judgement. Also, looking at Ultimate Support brand as an alternative. I'm willing to spend up to $100 per stand/boom combo, provided I can count on them to last me a good ten years. Otherwise, I'd prefer something in the $50-$75 per range (like the US). Any thoughts? <edit> It seems that the Hercules stands "combos" don't necessarily have the same counterweight as the MB series booms. Is it a different boom/counterweight?