Great stand! Terrible Packaging!
5 stars for the stand. 0 stars for the packaging = 3.0 stars average.
This is a fantastic stand if you don't mind working around something that is pretty dominating. It's exactly what I was looking for: heavy base (very heavy), counterweighted boom, articulated mic support, super tall, huge range, moves quietly and freely on wheels that lock easily with a single press of the toe, and release by pulling up with same. In a crowded room it might be overwhelming, though its design actually makes it easier to use where there is little room to maneuver, because the counterweighted boom and heavy base enable reaching over a fairly large distance with stability, and the wheeled base is not as spread out as far as most 3-legged stands.
All in all, this is a 5+ star stand. I knocked it down a two stars in my rating because of the packaging. I'm not an activist or anything, but when I get a package with that kind of styrofoam that crumbles into a million little pills, I just don't like it. I spent more time cleaning up the mess it made than I did assembling and learning to use the mic stand. There are STILL bits of styrofoam in that room, in floor cracks, static-clinging to everything imaginable. And I was being CAREFUL not to let it get away from me or make a mess. This is the stuff that fell out of the box, which, once you've removed the huge, sharp, brass staples, really has no substance and can no longer contain that busted-up styrofoam.
By the time it gets to you, it's been in several trains, a ship, maybe some airplanes, and a number of trucks and warehouses, and that styrofoam does not hold up well. The box would be plenty strong if it were redesigned, and they could stuff it with paper, cloth, cotton, or just heavy cardboard strips, and it could all be recycled in some meaningful way, plus it wouldn't leave a mess in your studio. But this thing brings a terrible substance not just into your studio, but into the environment, left to blow in the wind when it finally arrives at the dump.
This is not OK, Sweetwater. I do not like being a part of this chain of environmental damage.
That said, the stand is superb. You can't get a better one anywhere that I know of without moving up to the high-end movie production gear, not appropriate for a sound studio. Just be sure you need something this substantial. It's large and heavy, and merely adjusting the boom can take some strength until you get it balanced. But I would not trade it for anything. VERY HAPPY to have it.
I'll gradually forget about the trauma of the packaging, and I'll just think about what a great stand that is, but next time I buy something — including another of these stands — I'll ask about the packaging. I simply won't do that again, not even for one made of solid gold.