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Moosevoice
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:36 pm    Post subject: desktop boom for mic Reply with quote

Any recommendations on a desktop, spring-loaded, mic boom that can accommodate a heavier (2 pound) microphone?
I like the Blue Compass but the Sweetwater guy said the screw/part that holds the shockmount/mic upright wears out.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought 3 Luxo boom arms about 18 years ago and they're still working great. They're still noise free (virtually) and handle everything from a lightweight 416 shotgun to some fairly heavy large diaphragm mics. They have a variety of mounting hardware too.



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rode PSA1. Heil makes a good one too.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a problem with spring loaded-mic arms; I can't stand it when they rattle, vibrate and hum.

Went for MIKA mic arms here. Rock solid and you could suspend a very heavy mic. Buy once and forget it.



https://www.yellowtec.com/mika.html
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dayo wrote:
I have a problem with spring loaded-mic arms; I can't stand it when they rattle, vibrate and hum.

Went for MIKA mic arms here. Rock solid and you could suspend a very heavy mic. Buy once and forget it.


Couldn't agree more. Spring-loaded arms always cause problems, and there's nothing better than the Mika Yellowtec arms. They are beautiful in form and function. I actually have a couple of Heil arms in the booth, and they are serviceable; but when I can justify it, or when The Lust overtakes me, it'll be Mika all the way.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ordered a Blue Compass. We'll see.
Contacted Townsend Labs and they had some recommendations like the Ride, Blue and Mika. They seemed to think the Blue and the Yellowtec are made in the same Chinese factory.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moosevoice wrote:
Ordered a Blue Compass. [...] They seemed to think the Blue and the Yellowtec are made in the same Chinese factory.


Hmmm, they look mighty similar! Interesting.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OC White makes some great booms. They're Luxo on steroids and somewhat of an industry standard in the broadcast biz. And from my experience with them they don't rattle, vibrate, or hum. I've been using one of their more recent models for the past decade and prior to this one I had an older one that served well for 30 years. Only reason I replaced it was to color match to the last studio remodel. Expect to spend approx a couple $$ for the boom and table riser if you go that route. It will last you the rest of your career.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i wrapped my upper & lower spring arms in pipe insulation & fixed the rattle & hum problem. looks cool too.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luxo has been mentioned a couple of times in this thread. I purchased one several years ago based on a recommendation by someone here on this board.

It looks attractive as it has a couple of concealed coils that provide tension rather than the springs that "twang" in some stands.

This style might cost a bit more but it's quiet and reliable in that it stays where placed.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the Blue Compass mic stand. It's pretty awesome so far.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely curious about the Blue Compass, let us know what you think of it. Totally a knock-off of the Mika arm...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

soundgun wrote:
Definitely curious about the Blue Compass, let us know what you think of it. Totally a knock-off of the Mika arm...


I actually thought it might be a rebranding, so close is the appearance.
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