Great, now I have mic-stand envy...
Heh! Another guy who loves studio hardware! I love you, man!
I found the Latch Lake MicKing stand (the large chrome one) online years ago, because I was very frustrated that my large Atlas boom kept drooping. Must have needed mic stand Viagra...
They carry it at Sweetwater and Vintage King, and probably elsewhere. It’s a stand with a heavy base that has wheels (you tilt the stand onto the wheels to move it).
The guy who owns Latch Lake demos the stand by doing chin-ups on the boom. I’ve seen the videos, and it’s true.
It’s a great mic stand, and oddly enough, it’s not much more than the old standby Atlas. They have three sizes. I have the medium one. The levers adjust the way high end bicycle levers adjust; there are adjustment screws, so that when you lock down the latches, they are truly locked down and don’t move. Or you can set them looser, for example, if you want the boom to swivel more easily. Sometimes that’s pretty cool.
The small stand is also good - it’s a Triad-Orbit stand. It’s got the best quick-release system I’ve found to date, and the stands are sturdy and heavy enough not to knock over, and will hold most mics without a problem, including fairly large ones like a U87. Once set, you don’t have to worry about the mic drooping, but you can adjust the position of the mic very easily because there are lots of rotating attachments, adjustment points, etc. These make the typical mic stand obsolete. If you like good hardware, the Latch Lake and Triad-Orbit are about as good as mic stands get. The Triad-Orbits use a ball and socket that can be tightened to adjust, and again, when it’s set, you’re set. No moving, no drooping, no knocking the thing over if you trip on a cable or are a klutz like me!
I also have another one with a dual boom! So easy to work with.
If you want to use a very heavy mic, like the ribbon mic pictured, or something like a U47, the Latch Lake is a godsend. Further, Latch Lake makes a variety of useful attachments for it, such as additional small booms that can be attached to the vertical pole, etc. You can mic up a whole drum kit with only one stand. Unfortunately, I rarely get that “mic up a kit” opportunity any more due to budgetary restraints on most projects. When real drums are needed (I always feel they are, but it’s not often I get the right budget), I use outside studios.
I’m obviously goofy for good recording tools that don’t affect the audio, but make my life a little simpler, so I can have more fun in the studio.