I just picked up a Manfrotto 124
to use my 099B
extension as a boom arm. What I'm looking for is a boom counterweight in the 3-6 lb area that is relatively small and doesn't draw attention to itself. (As in not, blaring orange or yellow as they typically are.)
My stand is typically directly in the line of sight of the audience positioned behind a conductor, so that is why I care about appearance. I suppose I could get a Manfrotto 172
and paint it black or cover it with gaff tape, but I was wondering if anyone else knew of something that is black already or otherwise better suited. The challenge I'm finding is something that will fit around the bottom tube of the 099B (1 in diameter). The closest thing so far is the On-Stage CW3
, but its opening is only 7/8".
Another idea I'm knocking around is possibly some kind of threaded cylinder weights that thread onto a 1/4" or 3/8" rod, which then attach to a 5/8" stud with the appropriate female threaded socked (Loctite all around for safety), which of course can attach to the receptacle on the 099B. The only thing I can find like that are small weights made as archery stabilizers, but they are far too light and quite expensive.
Any thoughts? Should I just paint a 172 black and call it a day?