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Offline Brian Skalinder

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clamps
« on: April 29, 2003, 05:06:42 PM »

CLAMPS



IMO, no taper should ever be without a clamp.  I get just as much use out of my clamp as I do out of my stand, maybe more.  Here are some commonly used clamps:

Signal Flex MH-10 - this is the one I use and I think it's great (aka Windtech Multi-Position C-Type Clamp)
Rowi ENG
Rowi 76
Rowi 103
Bogen / Manfrotto SuperClamp
Sabrasom SMC
Guitar Center has some plastic clamps that'll work in a fix

or

Check your local musician's store - they often have cheapies and even some of the above on-hand.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2006, 10:48:22 PM by Brian Skalinder »
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Re:clamps
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2003, 11:15:58 PM »
another clamp that's great for clamping to a rail is the cardellini clamp. it's jaws open wider than any other clamp I've seen. a bit pricey but the thing is built like a tank.

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my complete clamping setup
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2006, 10:53:39 PM »
Emailed a version of this off to a local taper recently and thought I'd add it here.  My full clamp setup:

I use a variety of clamping gear depending on the situation.  All in all, I use my clamping gear more often than my mic stand.  Here's what I use (almost all available at B&H Photo - www.bhphotovideo.com - best source I've found, though not always super cheap for little stuff like thread adapters):

Windtech Multi-Position "C" Clamp
Mfr # MPC10 | B&H # WIMPC10
I use this one for clamping to other tapers' stands.  Compact, lightweight, flexible with 2 different orientations for the mic thread stud.  I couldn't get by without one.  I have several, and always carry them with me.

Bogen SuperClamp
Mfr # 2900 | B&H # BO2900
This is the clamp I use for latching on to railings, posts, tables, chairs, shelves, pipes, ceiling beams, light fixtures...damn near anything other than a mic stand.  Bigger and heavier than the MPC above, uber-robust, wide jaws.  Comes with standard 1/4"-20 male threaded stud (see below).  For short rises or adjusting orientation (the stud mounts in only one orientation, unlike the MPC above), I use either the Heavy Duty Flex Arm  or Mini-Extension arm (see below).

Bogen SuperClamp Standard Stud (with 1/4"-20 male thread)
Mfr # 2908 | B&H # BO2908
Comes with the Bogen SuperClamp above.  Requires a 1/4"-20 female > 3/8"-16 thread adapter and a 3/8"-20 female > 5/8"-27 male thread adapter before using with standard 5/8"-27 female microphone / stereo bar threads.  See below for adapters.

Bogen Extension Arm for Mini Clamp (works with SuperClamp, too)
Mfr # 203 | B&H # BO203
Great for extending short distances from the SuperClamp, and for adjusting orientation.  I went without one for a looooong time, using only a (non-Bogen) gooseneck extension.  Now, I have both.  I think one or the other will suffice for most purposes.

Bogen Heavy-Duty Flex Arm
Mfr# 237HD | B&H# BO237HD
Basically just a robust gooseneck extension (like the kind available at a local musicians' store - which I originally used - but beefier).  Includes the appropriate bottom end needed to slot it into the SuperClamp.  The mic end of the extension has a 1/4"-20 male thread, just like the SuperClamp's standard stud above, so it, too, requires adapters in order to attach a standard 5/8"-27 mic thread.  I use this mainly with my Schoeps actives, not sure if it's beefy enough to run full-size mics & shockmounts.

Arca-Swiss Thread Adapter (1/4"-20 female > 3/8"-16 male )
Mfr # 809011 | B&H # ARB.2538
This isn't the exact one I bought, but I can't remember the manufacturer / model / retailer of mine.

Windtech Thread Adapter (3/8"-16 female > 5/8"-27 male)
Mfr # M3 | B&H # WIM3C
This isn't the exact one I bought, but I can't remember the manufacturer / model / shop of mine.

A.P.I.C. Custom 3-Section Extension Pole (28"-78", 5/8"-27 male/female threads on appropriate ends)
The piece de resistance.  I use this in conjunction with the SuperClamp all the time.  I use it regularly at at least half a dozen or so local venues to run my mics up/down/out/beside my clamping space in order to achieve a more optimal mic location.  Custom, though, so it's not cheap - ran me around $75 if I recall (had it for years).  Gets more use than my Bogen 3373 mic stand.  Bogen makes a couple extensions like this, but none as long, and I've found them difficult to track down online.  A.P.I.C's phone #:  201-261-2160.  They also make mic stands, but I prefer the Bogen mic stands.  If you order a custom extension from these guys, they'll want specs on number of sections, closed length, open length, and make sure you tell 'em you want 5/8"-27 adapters on each end - female on the bottom, male on the top.  I'm ordering a new 4-section extension soon, so I still get the ~80" of reach but can close it more compactly to fit on my motorcycle.  And I already have 3 people in line for my old one when I sell!

Alternative extension pole:

Bogen / Manfrotto 3-Section Extension Pole (35" - ~92")
Mfr# 099B | B&H# BO099B (thanks to macdaddy for the heads up that the previous referenced mode, 3019, was discontinued and replaced with this one)
Looks like it has a 5/8"-27 female thread on the bottom, according to the specs on B&H.  Has a combination 5/8" stud and 3/8"-16 male thread tip on the top.  Much less expensive than the custom APIC extension (by about half!).  Wish I could fit a 3' pole on my motorcycle more easily, I'd save myself a few bucks.
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Re: my complete clamping setup
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2006, 07:34:47 PM »

Windtech Multi-Position "C" Clamp
Mfr # MPC10 | B&H # WIMPC10
I use this one for clamping to other tapers' stands.  Compact, lightweight, flexible with 2 different orientations for the mic thread stud.  I couldn't get by without one.  I have several, and always carry them with me.


When you lose or break the bumper piece that is on the end of the threaded part of this clamp, buy some of those screw-on plastic valve stem covers. I like using them better than the original piece that comes with the clamp. (Bean originally turned me on to this)
« Last Edit: March 06, 2006, 12:01:32 PM by Chuck »
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Re: clamps
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2006, 08:10:26 PM »


Yep, this is one clamp to have if you are looking for bang for your buck (and weight considerations).  I like the Manfrotto Superclamp alot....it is a piece of art but if you carry two (if you want all configuations you gotta have two) it is a back breaker.

If you can't see why you'd need two superclamps to do anything....look here:
http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=29789.0


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Re: clamps
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2006, 08:49:27 PM »
If you can't see why you'd need two superclamps to do anything....look here:
http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=29789.0


or here, http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=40368.0
2 superclamps and some accesories is al little heavy but i can still fit em in my rm-multi and run anywhere

In addition to a clamp I also never leave home w/o this, get any angle of clamp off anything and get the right angle w/ this

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=221096&is=REG&addedTroughType=search



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Re: clamps
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2006, 10:11:45 PM »
I've been witing for this thread for a while.  thanks for all the pointers everybody!  now to go spend more money...
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Re: clamps
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2006, 11:18:26 AM »
I didn't see this one mentioned. It's my personal favorite.

ATS/Pedco Ultraclamp
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Re: clamps
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2006, 11:39:07 AM »
I am looking for a 1/4 to 5/8 for the top of a clamp and am having problems finding one.  Maybe I am just not getting myself understood when asking.  Any help
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Re: clamps
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2006, 11:56:58 AM »
I am looking for a 1/4 to 5/8 for the top of a clamp and am having problems finding one.  Maybe I am just not getting myself understood when asking.  Any help

not the best way but this is what I use and then I have a 3/8 > 5/8 adapter

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=5596&is=REG&addedTroughType=search
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Re: clamps
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2006, 01:03:01 PM »
ATS/Pedco Ultraclamp

I used a pair of these for a while, but found they did not attach very securely to mic stands - even when I tightened as much as physically possible, the weight of a single LD mic caused the clamp to split.  But, if it works for you, great!  Especially since the thing is so versatile.  Wish it had worked for me.
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Re: clamps
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2006, 02:27:15 PM »
I am looking for a 1/4 to 5/8 for the top of a clamp and am having problems finding one.  Maybe I am just not getting myself understood when asking.  Any help
These two sources may have what you are looking for.
http://www.micsupply.com/standaccessories.htm
Check the bottom of the page

http://www.wesdooley.com/aea/Modular_Microphone_Stands.html
This is a link to a pdf price list.
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Re: clamps
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2006, 01:24:27 PM »
ATS/Pedco Ultraclamp

I used a pair of these for a while, but found they did not attach very securely to mic stands - even when I tightened as much as physically possible, the weight of a single LD mic caused the clamp to split.  But, if it works for you, great!  Especially since the thing is so versatile.  Wish it had worked for me.

Oh - definitely not meant for LD mics - sorry about that. But these work great with my SD AKGs.
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Re: clamps
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2008, 02:31:35 PM »
probably the most versatile clamp made.  This thing works at any angle you need. 
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