"Great value here"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
I purchased this for my home studio. I have a lady who writes her own songs and records them with me. It allows placement of the microphone in a better position in front of her and away from the music stand than my normal floor stands and adjustable booms.
I think the next best feature is because it is so big and the metal sort of "gives" in the horizontal boom, it offers better mechanical isolation from floor rumble and the performer. They are well away from the vertical boom so there are no accidental bumps. With full horizontal extension, the microphone bobs a bit but I haven't had the opportunity to compare it to an Atlas. I would imagine the Atlas would be a bit sturdier but at three times the costs.
Ease of Use:
It is simple to set up and has toothed disks at the swivels that are spring loaded. When you loosen them, the teeth disengage, adjust and tighten to secure with the teeth engaged. Simple and secure. The height adjustments work well, but I definably wouldn't over tighten them! They are identical to what is used on other On Stage products.
It is shipped in two cartons and thanks for Same Day selling with free shipping! Everything arrived in perfect shape. One has to assemble the casters on the base but a simple wrench is provided. I did however find that moving it by grasping the vertical tube loosened it from the heavy base. I thought of adding a wagon type handle to move it around but actually don't have to move it that much.
Never had to contact them in any regards but own more than a few of their floor stands and music stands. The best part is, on the web you can find a parts list and drawing so that you can order replacement parts for their products. Never had to but if they do sell parts, it would be fantastic. That is of course if the prices are reasonable.
I have to give this a 10 because there is nothing I have found comparable to this studio boom except an Atlas which is definitely out of my budget.
The Wow Factor:
Sex appeal? This is a piece of hardware. Nothing more or less. It is something I could use but necessarily didn't need and definitely could live without. But the price and capability made it "desirable". The quality is certainly adequate for my use. It is not cheap junk nor is it rock steady. It is simple and economical answer for a studio boom and well thought out and designed to be reasonable in price.
I'll wear it out and if possible and still available will order replacement parts. I did purchase it based on my experience with On Stage products and the fact that it appears you can purchase replacement parts though I haven't priced them because the need hasn't arisen. I would prefer it didn't bobble so much fully extended but no one will be touch it when in use and it is on a concrete floor.