Mic Clip Thread Standards

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Codemonkey, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    No idea where to put this thread... :/

    I'd like to see some discussion/point of reference about those screw threads on the end of mic stands which you attach mic clips to.

    What are they known as?
    What sizes do they come in?
    Are there standards?
    What about the history?

    I'm asking because I have a stand with what appears to be a 11mm thread with no suitable adaptors. The clips I have use what appears to be 15mm and 18mm.
  2. ahavill

    ahavill Guest

    Huh... I thought standard threading on a mic clip was 5/8", 27 turns per inch. Many stands have a 3/8" top, which requires an adapter to work with a std mic clip, like this:
    Dunno if this is old news to you. Never seen metric clips. A lot of new mics (esp Sennheiser) come with one of these adapters, so if thats what you need it might be sitting in your shop or in a mic box somewhere.
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    5/8"-27 is the US standard. Euro standard used to be 3/8". Light stands have a different size/pitch yet. Camera mounts could be 1/4", 3/8" or custom BS. I do have some ancient metal stands that have crazy sizes with original reducers to 5/8". I think these are Atlas but god help me if I lose the top piece because unless I get better at a lathe than I currently am, I'll just be chucking those in the bin. Regardless of size and thread pitch, the worst are the plastic mic clips. So easy for these to get AFU. I don't even bother to use 'em in order to prevent inevitable slaughter and mutilation.
  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    We have plastic mic clips :( oh well. Dynamics can survive a 5' fall onto carpet, I'm sure.

    OK it seems that these are actually 3/8" and 5/8" and not some wildly inaccurate number of mm.

    I've just had to use tape to attach a larger clip onto this tiny little annoying stand - the stand itself is good with a heavy base, and has like a compressed gas lift on it. It's cool, but with no adapter, grr.

    Score 1 for ductape!
  5. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    AKG and Sennheiser, being European companies, almost always include the 3/8" - 5/8" threaded adaptor bushing. If you lived closer I'd send you a crate full of them.
  6. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    i live in buffalo...

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