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    I've been looking for any 'deployable' mic booms that may be out there. What I want is to push a button, which will cause the boom part which connects the mic to the stand to become flexible, then release the button and the mic stays put. Sort of a gooseneck which you could flex and twist at will, yet would remain in whatever position at the release of a button. I have no way of describing it that brings up anything remotely like this. In the usage of lubricants and cutting fluids there are 'lock joint' tubes which you can push and pull to whatever position, where they remain- what I'm looking for is a way to 'soften' the gooseneck at the push of a button or squeeze of a handle. Release and it becomes rigid. Is there anything like this that any of you know about?
    I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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    If you want to cook your own, a series of ball/cup joints (Like LocLine coolant pipe but in metal) with a Bowden cable core, fixed at one end and the other "Locked" by the use of lever operated eccentric.

    Regards Ian
    You might not like what I say,but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.

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    • #3
      I don't think I've seen mic booms like that but it sounds like you are describing a larger version of those goosneck flex indicator holders like these:

      https://www.ebay.com/i/252415601618?chn=ps&dispItem=1

      You looking to buy something or make something?

      -Edit: Ian beat me to it...
      Last edited by alanganes; 04-02-2018, 07:14 AM.

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      • #4
        There Ya go, grab one quick.

        Must stop the Yanks reading my brain cells, congrats Alan.
        You might not like what I say,but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.

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        • #5
          How long does it have to be? Like just for a gooseneck on a podium or the end of a short stand? Or for a long reach boom?
          Chilliwack BC, Canada

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          • #6
            We use the standard floor stands with the tightening knobs for height, angle, and reach. On jam nights, the mic is constantly being readjusted for different performers. Everybody seems to just accept that you have to fiddle with 3 or 4 adjustments to get it right for themselves. So what- 20 or 30 seconds go by while this is being done. Not a long time, but it has to be done each time.

            I'd rather see a more elegant system in use, that's all.
            I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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            • #7
              Originally posted by darryl View Post
              We use the standard floor stands with the tightening knobs for height, angle, and reach. On jam nights, the mic is constantly being readjusted for different performers. Everybody seems to just accept that you have to fiddle with 3 or 4 adjustments to get it right for themselves. So what- 20 or 30 seconds go by while this is being done. Not a long time, but it has to be done each time.

              I'd rather see a more elegant system in use, that's all.
              Use one of the giant Noga arms, one knob to tighten. https://www.adorama.com/zonmg6145ca....20Manufacturer
              North Central Arkansas

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              • #8
                Time to go back to hanging mics, Inthink they were on a hose reel type setup..

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                • #9
                  I have one of those gooseneck arms on a magnetic base intended for a dti and it's a pain in the butt. It only gets used for a small plastic chip guard as it is prone to doing its own thing when I would like it to stay still.

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                  • #10
                    I didn't see one like you want on their site, but you might give these people a call. If it exists, they probably know about it.

                    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/brows...3/N/3681064854
                    Paul A.
                    SE Texas

                    And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
                    You will find that it has discrete steps.

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                    • #11
                      Those goosenecks in Paul's link are the way to go, I have something similar holding up a led light for the mill and it is very good.

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