current tall stands that are not too much $$$ ?

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by Exsultavit, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. Exsultavit

    Exsultavit Active Member

    Jan 5, 2005
    I kinda wish the Calumet 053B was still available, but it's discontinued, isn't it? Anyway, I need 2 or 3 stands that are at least 17 feet tall, maybe 18 feet (choir loft issue). They can be lightweight. Any thoughts?

  2. DavidSpearritt

    DavidSpearritt Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
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    I use a Manfrotto giant stand (015B?). I have seen nothing that comes close to these for design quality. They are very light, stable and beautifully made. Not expensive when you consider their importance.
  3. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    Our local camera shop, Loomis Camera, carries some "made in China" light stands that are nicely constructed and very stable and they range in price from about 50 to 75 dollars and are extentable to the heights you need. I am sure there are other stores that carry these imported stands. We just bought two stands from HGR in Cleveland that go to 20 feet, were new in boxes and even had the correct microphone connectors (5/8" 27 threads) on them for approximately $50.00 each. The box said they were made for a company that does acoustical measurements. They look like expensive stands but they were surplus and sold below cost. Some times you just have to look around and see what is available. Hope this helps....
  4. aracu

    aracu Active Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Shure makes a 15´ stand which is economical,
    lightweight, and folds up to a smaller length than
    most. The downside is that it is awkward to fold
    up and down, and can break if you use it with
    a long horizontal extension which wieghs it down
    too much on one side, such as a long middle
    extension of a decca tree.
  5. Sonarerec

    Sonarerec Guest

    Used to own an S15 (actually made by PIC) and it was unusable after a few years-- everything was loose, and the thumb screws stripped out.

    Avoid it.

    The Bogen/Manfrotto 3076 extends to 17ft and can handle a pair of SDC.

  6. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    The new Shure S15's are much better- they don't use those stupid little screws. Rather, they use a twist collar.

    That said, I still use photographic light stands (Bogen, Talon, etc...)

  7. Exsultavit

    Exsultavit Active Member

    Jan 5, 2005

    Thanks for your thoughts! I find that my client will actually require stands of at least 21 feet-- and four of them.

    I will probably go the rental; route, as I don't usually need that height. But still- any folks own stands that tall that work well for you? I am probably going to rent some 'Mombo Combo"s- these are lighting stands that happen to go up to 26 feet- probably too expensive to buy without excellent reason...
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    JTL makes some inexpensive (~$120 stands which go to 19'. Add a boom or a gooseneck and you can easily get to 21') stands which are quite sturdy and light. (They're rated at 50lbs max load. I don't know if I'd trust that, but I've easily put two large/heavy mics on them without issue.)
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