hard on equipment
I'm pretty hard on mic stands I guess, I've been through many so I spend a little extra in hope I end one that doesn't wind up held together with duct-tape, or drilling out holes and bolting together.
The base is nice and solid, I like a heavy base and this one is over-kill which is just what I wanted. The base gasket is a nice feature and seems well made. The hand clutch is good, although I have to suspect if you adjust it often will eventually wear out. It makes me wonder if you are able to replace the shim gasket at reasonable cost ?
threads and locking mechanism is fine, as with any mic stand you should consider loc-tite and tightening this good right away so your mic clip is secured for life.
The tilt adjustment on the boom is nice, comfortable easy to grap adjuster which locks down tight.
I would prefer a weighted counter-balance to the plastic end which does not unthread on the boom, and the weak link is without a doubt the set screw !
I'm not too disappointed as it is basically a bonus that it even comes with a boom, it would be nice if there was an upgrade available for boom with removable counterweight and perhaps a clutch or some better option for the set screw.
If you are able to set it once lock down and forget it, this set screw may be just fine for you, the base is heavy enough it will probably be secure without a decent counterweight. So these are not deal-breakers. For someone who plans to adjust the boom often, plan on upgrading or modifying this boom in short order.