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sturdiest mic stand?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by jimbo_baby84, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. jimbo_baby84

    jimbo_baby84 Guest

    hi guys. i'm looking to get a bunch of mic stands that don't completely suck (like almost every mic stand i've ever used). i've had good luck with tama in the past, but is there much around that's a more...heavy duty? also, where's a good cheap place to buy stuff like stands, cables etc?

    thanks!
     
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    The best microphone stands are made by Atlas. They feature an extremely heavy base and chrome plated steel tubing. It's what all the professional studios use. Especially good at supporting heavy microphones and Decca tree configurations, etc. They also manufacture the best booms. Virtually indestructible.

    Big bottom, like my microphone stands
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Another good thing about Atlas: they can provide spare repair parts to KEEP their products in good working order. With many brands, they are really a "throw-away" product that is not repairable. Where's the value in that?
    Also, checkout Sabra-Som. They are a Brazilian company ( with US distributors) that manufactures booms and shock suspensions that will fit right onto your existing mic stands. I have a couple of their shock/boom assemblies that I mounted to Atlas MS12(?-the larger triangle-base) stands. These work great, they hold the weightiest mics in position securely, and have even been run over by some drunk in a Miata and survived! Check out their website.
     
  4. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    If you're looking for stage booms rather than studio booms, I like AKG / K&M / Beyer (Beyer and AKG are made by K&M). Sturdy, heavy enough to not fall over with a heavy mic on them, and a clutch you can trust.
     
  5. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    Try Hercules, I have the Hercules speakers monitor stands. They rule!!!
    http://www.herculesstands.com/mics/micstands.html
     
  6. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Photographic light stands are healthy enough. Just about anything you find up on B&H's site I'd recommend.

    Although a bit goofy... get some adapters and try heavy duty cymbal stands. Them suckers are going to hold just about anything you throw at em'... again, they'll look a bit odd, but they work... especially in an emergency!

    Atlas does rule the majority of the time.

    Fletcher seems to have gone ga-ga over the On-Stage Hex Base... at less than $275, it seems like a good deal. Don't have one, so can't say for sure.

    Max
     
  7. jimbo_baby84

    jimbo_baby84 Guest

    thanks everyone! those atlas stands look the business. anyone know any stores that might be able to work out a good deal with stands, cable and connectors?
     
  8. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Give Chuck Levin's Washington music Center a call at 301-946-8808 in Wheaton Maryland and ask for Gene or Carl in Pro audio and tell them Remy sent you. I've been dealing with them since 1978 and I know they can work you out a sweet deal.


    Happy customer
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  9. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    I've got talked into a pair of the StarBird boom mic stands from Manley years ago and they have meet my needs perfectly.

    http://www.manleylabs.com/containerpages/boom99.html
     
  10. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    I don't own one of these, but I always wanted to. (it's even got tilt-back wheels.) I see them every year at AES, and they're nice folks to boot......

    http://www.latchlakemusic.com/products/mk-accesories.asp

    Although I really don't like most products from this brand, I do have four of these Quicklok mic boom stands, with folding tripod base and wheels. (The wheels make all the difference. They lock in place when in use, and for getting these things to/from your vehicle, they're great.) The booms are long enough to get in wherever you need to reach, and the bases are heavy enough to support LD mics on big clips, if you need to.

    http://www.markertek.com/Product.asp?baseItem=QL-A50&cat=STANDMTS&subcat=&prodClass=MICBOOM&mfg=&search=0&off=
     
  11. anxious

    anxious Guest

    The K&M 21411B, with a 21231B Boom, is about the least expensive stand that I have found which will really hold up in a professional environment. Still not cheap, ~$400. K&M also has a number of much less expensive tripods, if you don't need something you can climb on.
     
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