Shure's 14-ft high aluminum mic stand
The Shure S15A stands are special use. As a classical music producer, I use tall stands both for orchestral and choral main mics as well as ambient mic placement in nicely reverberent venues. I have owned this model for well over a decade, so my experience with them is not new, but my owning them is a must with multiple setups to have backups for the much more reliable (and heavier) German-made stands I've owned for nearly 30 years. The Shure S15A is hard to raise/lower, the rubber feet come off easily, making the legs hard to expand out of the legs, and the aluminum is so soft, the top mic thread can easily be bent or its threads ruined. I have actually had the segment threads come apart after long-term use when tightening them into position. That is why I've owned something like 10 of these over the last couple of decades. The design needs work, but for me, in my music niche, they're a must-have since there are few other options, and the German stands are no longer made.