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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / Help me pick out a mic stand that won't fall apart

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Sep 14th, 2011 03:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have bought a few over the years that inevitably fail where the lower part meets the upper part. I don't know what all the parts are, but the threading seems to strip pretty easily on some of the cheaper boom mics I've bought.

I do like boom mikes for playing with sheet music.

Does anyone have a recommendation? Figure to spend up to $50 or so per stand.

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Sep 14th, 2011 07:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"but the threading seems to strip pretty easily on some of the cheaper boom mics I've bought."

bingo. don't buy cheap.

These are boom stands? I prefer either P&N or Tama. But, like anything else (including owning a Rolls Royce car), if it gets abused, it breaks.

when it comes to stripped threads within the boom arm (where it attaches to the straight stand section), I get a bit more life by gluing in adapter parts to make that join and survive the stripped threads. Bits like these:




effectively, what you're doing is creating a new join between the boom arm and straight stand.

NOTE: These adapter parts are also used in the photographic/camera world for camera tripod adapters. They use the same standards for shaft and thread size.

if it comes to the boom arm just sagging all the time, there's not a lot you can do. Adding a thin washer (just behind the tightening handle) will add a bit more pressure so when you tighten it, it bites in a bit more.

best I can suggest, I'm afraid

Good luck
(former P.A owner, and survivor of many mic stands abused by idiot wanna-be muso's "caught in the moment" and not caring that THEY don't own the gear)

(This message was last edited by barry.b at 07:22 PM, Sep 14th, 2011)



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Sep 24th, 2011 05:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an all metal Peavy Mic stand that at the time was more expensive but has lasted over a decade of really rough use. It has a large single plate bottom (not a tripod) that looks like it belongs on a weight bench and all the parts are metal. Dont know if you can even buy it new anymore. Weighs a ton but collapses small. I would never give this bad boy up. I dont even bring a back up to gigs- I am that confident in it



Oct 7th, 2011 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wish I had 4 of those Gman! I have the same issue jelly bones has. And what's frustrating is I would gladly pay more for a stand that would last a decade or more. But when I go to my local GC store, all they carry are the same exact one that just fell apart on me!

I will look into some of Barry's P&N or Tama suggestions. It's so irritating that something so simple won't take the regular gig use/abuse.

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Oct 10th, 2011 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One thing you can do to seriously extend the life of the boom-type mount (Pro Line, Onstage Stands, etc.):

Remove the "dog-bone" handle and through-bolt from the clamp. Lift out the boom holder and the two rubber washers. This leaves the boom adapter atop the telescoping part of the vertical stand.

Unscrew the adapter from the mic stand. Remove the little locking collar too. Use a cloth dampened with a few drops of mineral spirits to clean off the mic stand's top threads, as well as the internal threads in the adapter head. Dry off both parts.

Next, apply three or four drops of gel CA (super glue) to the inside threads on the adapter. Keep it sideways so the adhesive stays in the threads. Tip the mic stand to horizontal and quickly screw the adapter all the way onto the mic stand's shaft. Leave the locking collar off. Wipe off any adhesive squeeze-out and let it sit overnight before reassembling with the boom.

When you reassemble, make sure to insert the bolt through the square-hole side of the adapter.

Doing this takes care of the weakest point in the whole design. Your stand won't strip out like they usually do. I've been doing this for more than 20 years and have never had one break or wear out.

It also helps to transport and store your mic stands in their own bag. The On Stage Stands speaker stand bag is perfect for this. It's cheap ($20 on sale), very sturdily constructed, and will hold up to 8 mic stands. Beyond that--it's too heavy to carry anyway =o)

This bag.

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