Comments about On-Stage SM7650 Hex-Base Microphone Stand:
I was looking for an alternative tall stand to my George Starbird booms that I carry to remote gigs. The object was to find a stand cheap enough to leave at a venue I commonly record in, but tall and sturdy enough to carry a Jecklin Disk rig to 12 or 13 feet in height.
The OnStage boom stand is considerably lighter in build than the Starbirds, with thin walled aluminum tubing for the stand, and narrower diameter tubing for the boom. The base is both smaller in footprint and lighter as well.
At the end of the boom is a fairly long stem which can be rotated to accommodate any desired angle independent of the angle of the boom. Rather than mere clutches, the angles of both the stud and the boom itself have serrations to prevent slippage, although at the expense of infinite adjustment.
The boom breaks down in the middle with what may prove long term to be its achilles heel ... a simple 5/8 x 27 mic stand stud to join the two parts. That seems like a lot of sheer stress to ask a mic stand stud to take. I typically use it to achieve maximum height without reaching off of the centerline, so stress on that connection is not likely to be a problem for me.
This stand earns 3 stars for performance, construction, and design; there are sturdier stands available if that's what you require. I give it the fourth star for price point, as it really is a pretty good value.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend