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Gator Frameworks MIC 2020 Mic Stand 2-Pack Reviews

2.5 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • David Hakan
    from Kansas City, MO April 29, 2014Music Background:
    I've run sound at regular events for over 20 years.

    Best Stands I've Found in 10 Years

    Finally, a mic stand designed by people who set up, use, and pack up mic stands. The clutch knob works great, the height adjustment knob works great, the boom knobs work great. Feet at stable when extended. The use of matt black soft material is genius. I'll be surprised if these don't hold up exceptionally well.
    This kind of clutch is so important for performers who are wearing an acoustic guitar, because they can totally adjust the mic with one hand.
    NO ONE is making a mic stand this good now.

  • Customer
    from December 31, 2015

    Have many of these

    These hold any mic up and seem really good quality. sure K&M is the best, but those are expensive compared to this. I have no problems with it drooping, just tighten it with a good grip. In fact, I have a mix cube monitor sitting on a boom stand in my studio. If you use mic stands properly and loosen before adjusting boom, you should be fine. My favorite stands.

  • Customer
    from St. Paul, MN October 15, 2014Music Background:
    Recording & Live Engineer

    Poor Construction, doesn't hold up under use

    I was hoping that these would be solid stands, but unfortunately they haven't proven to be that. I've been using them regularly for a couple of months now, and after multiple times setting them up and taking them down, they are showing their shortcomings. The clutch knob on both stands is shot, and no longer tightens to any reasonable point. I can understand a budget stand being unable to handle a very heavy mic, like a Beta 52 or an RE20, but the clutch slips when it's holding an SM57! I should note that they haven't even left my studio at this point, I haven't taken them on the road or anything.

    If you want a stand that will continue to hold up under any reasonable use, take a pass on these. They may be cheaper than other brands, but if you're going to skimp anywhere, don't make my mistake, pay for solid stands!

  • Chris
    from Texas May 23, 2016

    Stripped Threads

    I ordered four of these and had to return the first shipment because the boom wouldn't screw on to the stand. It's like the diameter of the threaded portion of the stand was just a little bit too small. Sweetwater sent me a new shipment. One of those had the same problem. The other three seemed okay at first, but now, a year later, the three remaining stands are all doing the same thing. I won't be buying this brand again.

  • Brian
    from Nashville November 9, 2015Music Background:
    Bassist, Recording Engineer, Mastering Engineer

    Won't Hold A Candle

    These stands appear rock solid and aesthetically, are quite appealing. However, that's pretty much where the quality ends, unfortunately.

    1) The boom will not reliably hold the weight of an SM57 without drooping. The boom angle locking mechanism lacks friction when tightened. It takes very little weight to droop the boom, even with the boom angle adjustment knob tightened to almost break-point torque. I could not easily mount a U87 on this stand without it drooping. If you sand down the rubber disk gasket here with some 100 grit sandpaper, or cut some grooves into inside boom bracket where it contacts the rubber disks, it should hold much better.
    2) The tripod legs are attached via a type of rivet, which will loosen over time and no longer hold the legs out. If you leave the tripod legs extended indefinitely, this shouldn't be a problem for you.
    3) The knobs used for tightening the base height and the boom angle are a poor design and don't allow easy tightening or loosening of these adjustments. They're not unusable, but aren't the easiest on your fingers.

    If Gator would revisit the boom angle lock and replace the smooth rubber disk gaskets with higher friction disks, revert back to more traditional knobs or torque-bars, and attach the legs with hex bolts vs. rivets, these stands would provide a much longer life.

    Summary:
    Appealing to the eye, but simply cannot be used reliably, even for the most modest purposes. Some simple design changes, as I mention above would raise the value and service-level significantly.

  • James Dean
    from Yankton, SD August 10, 2015Music Background:
    Working Musician

    Not Road Worthy

    The worst mic stands I've ever used, period. I strongly urge other potential customers to look elsewhere.

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