My father's gear - Spend the money once!
My father had a Big Band back in the 40's. He bought the best gear available as he only wanted to buy it once. I inherited a few pieces of gear that had survived the trials of time. None of his mic stands made it to me as they just didn't cut it. Over the decades I have gone through 6 of the ubiquitous stands we have all bought. You know the one whose design has not changed, has a wheel bolt that won't stay tight, a boom that requires a rebuild every few years and a counterweight that won't support the old heavy RCA mics.
The Latch Lake arrived this week and I must say it i the stand my dad would have bought if it was available. Strong, tight and everything stays where you set it. And my RCA mic are happy and secure. One feature they don't advertise widely, and should, is cable management. The clamps double to rout cable out of the way.