Please post pics when you get this straightened out.
I'm a visual-learner. The text dialog is doing nothing for me even though I've read it numerous times...
I used to do some rigging/lighting and a visual cue might jar something loose...
finally got around to taking pictures earlier this week:
adjustable arm (396-AB) with heavy duty bendable/flex arm (237HD)
superclamp > 396-ab > rapid adaptor > 237HD > rapid adaptor > rycote shockmount.
Arm at a slow curve and the adjustable bendy arm upright:
Closeup of the bendy arm with the shockmount and mic caps.
the bendy arm and the adjustable arm horizontal sort of wigged me out so I didn't extend the 396 all the way, and I wouldn't do this at a show (maybe with a lighter bendable arm, but not the heavy duty one). Something about the adjustable arm seems fragile to me whenever I use it, but it seems to hold enough weight (at least without heavy bass vibration) to load the heavy duty bendable arm and a shockmount so.... yeah....
Felt much better about the upright version, so I think it's truly a load issue. I debated trying to go 237 > 396 but I had other stuff to do and walked away at that point. I may have to do some more research on >6' extensions and see what I can pull off.