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Brent Lumkin July 17th, 2005 08:15 PM

What is the cheapest stand for this boom mic setup?

I won that recently, and I need a stand for it now. What would be the best (and cheapest) stand to use with it? Thanks a lot guys!

Steve House July 18th, 2005 02:31 AM

Stand to hold it between takes or stand to hold it instead of a boom operator *during* a take?

Brent Lumkin July 18th, 2005 07:44 AM

A stand to hold it instead of a boom operator during a take. Our current project is a documentary with a lot of sitdown interviews, so there wont be much need to move it around most of the time.

Jay Massengill July 18th, 2005 08:15 AM

Investing in a pair of 3 to 5-pound sandbags will help a lot in this situation. Use one bag on the short end of the boom to counterbalance the mic. Use the other bag on the base of the stand. Mount the boom at the balance point and you will be much more secure than just using a heavy stand on its own.
There are several different clamps available that work well. The key is that the less expensive ones are less flexible and slower to use. With sit down interviews this isn't much of a problem. For example a Bogen SuperClamp can mount on the top of a lightstand and will hold the boom horizontal only. You must also turn the handle several revolutions to clamp or release the pole, but it will hold the pole at the balance point without being tightened while you make the last tweaks. It won't sag during the interview either because it can't adjust, it's horizontal only. If you want to angle up or down or remove the pole quickly, then you need a different set of clamps like a fishing pole "fork and hook" style holder and a clamp that will secure it without slipping.
A well-made medium duty lightstand with a tripod leg-spread diameter of 48-inches or more will work. If I'm worried about someone tripping over a leg then I tape each one to the floor.

Brent Lumkin July 18th, 2005 02:20 PM

Thanks for the adivce. Could you link me to one that would work with what I have here? I'm having a hard time finding what I need on eBay.

Kevin Triplett July 20th, 2005 11:48 PM

There's a fishpole (real fishpole, not a boompole) holder that works well in a grip head and lightstand. Here's a link to the thingy: http://www.equipmentemporium.com/boompoles.htm -- scroll down to the picture of the boompole holder. You can't see it in the photo, but there's a post that extends down that fits nicely inside a grip head.

I also use a c-stand with arm and shockmount in a grip head for sitdown interviews. VERY sturdy -- but like Jay said, make sure you sandbag everything for safety and make sure everything is tight.

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