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Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« on: November 20, 2011, 10:46:44 PM »
Admin alert: feel free to move this thread anywhere you like, but I feel as though this thread deserves it's own sticky here, on this board.

When I first started taping 10+ years ago with my first rig I had mics, "t-bar", shockmounts, a recorder, and a stand. I had decent rig, but pulled shitty tapes for a while because I couldn't position my mics in the sweet spot due to venue restrictions. As I've become more aware of where the sweet spots are in the venues I typically haunt, I've become more savvy as to how to get my mics in the sweet spot.

I'm hoping this becomes the ts.com de facto clamping/rigging info thread. I'm trying to consolidate all clamping and rigging threads into 1 handy go-to spot. Inspired by a convo between fellow clamp-aholic F.O.Bean and I on a yard-sale thread.

I own 4 superclamps (2 are the real-deal the others are knock-offs), 2 Rowi 76's, 1 Cardellini Mic clamp (beaster), 1 Windtech, 12 or so Windtech knock-offs (from a site remediation. they were going to get thrown in the dumpster).  And I ain't done yet. :o

I'm going to start perusing ts.com and posting links to other relevant ts.com threads, photos, and other tidbits here as time and motivation allows.

My first contribution is a Railroad Earth show from October 6, '11. Clamped to balcony rail DFC, 2-3' extender pole.

Photos: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/114775014104918758740/albums/5667528821496032545  <- let me know if the link works. Google photos still baffles me at times.
Results: http://www.archive.org/details/rre2011-10-06.mk4v.din.flac16

Have fun, reply, and share your wisdom.

ETA: added links so they appear on 1st post...

clamp cap screw replacement
Best clamp for theater seat arms
Clamping to Balcony Handrail
Need help with Clamp and extension pole
Innovative Set-Ups
My Versatile Extension Pole - With Pics
Balcony Clamp Question
Clamps - weights
clamps for a thick beam?
POLL: How many clamps do you own?
newbie to clamps needs assistance please
Help With Balcony Clamping
clamps
ISO stand accessory-- do you know of one?
Rowi Ballheads for clamps
Homemade clamps and hangers
Clamping at Red Rocks' FOH rail
Photos of Safety Cable in use <-- Links back to this thread, but thought I'd add it anyhow...
Clamp help!
First time clamping from a balcony (sorry pictures are kind of dark)
Windtech clamp question
super clamp handle threading?
Using an endless ratchet strap for securing a stand
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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2011, 10:51:30 PM »
Im not done either. I scour ebay constantly :)
Schoeps MK4's | MK41's ->
Schoeps | NBob 250/05 KCY's ->
Schoeps VMS 02IB | Naiant +60v/Low Noise PFA's ->
DarkTrain Right Angle Stubby | GakCable XLR's ->
Sound Devices MixPre-6 | Tascam DR-70D ->
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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2011, 11:00:16 PM »
Hey Bean.

I think it was you that first suggested that a tire valve cap was the best replacement for the plastic thingy on the threaded shaft of a windtech clamp that we all lose eventually. Good advice. Been on my windtech for years now...

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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2011, 12:08:36 AM »
Hey Bean.

I think it was you that first suggested that a tire valve cap was the best replacement for the plastic thingy on the threaded shaft of a windtech clamp that we all lose eventually. Good advice. Been on my windtech for years now...

Yep, that was me! Im  glad its worked well for so many peo[ple :)
Schoeps MK4's | MK41's ->
Schoeps | NBob 250/05 KCY's ->
Schoeps VMS 02IB | Naiant +60v/Low Noise PFA's ->
DarkTrain Right Angle Stubby | GakCable XLR's ->
Sound Devices MixPre-6 | Tascam DR-70D ->
128gb | 64gb SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC-I

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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2011, 12:30:01 AM »
I'm addicted to getting my mics in the "spot"... :laugh:

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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2011, 04:48:56 AM »
I'm addicted to getting my mics in the "spot"... :laugh:

......... unfortunately the "spot" usually isn't in the designated tapers' section. 

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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2011, 06:51:26 AM »
Related clamp-repair topic.... on one of my ultraclamps I seem to have lost the disc connected to the screw that holds the clamp to a stand.  Luckily it still worked on the flat wood surface I had to clamp to the other day, but no way will it stay on a stand like this.  Any thoughts on a replacement?  The clamp is inexpensive, so I could buy a new one, but...

I own 2 superclamps, one of the manfrotto table clamps, and 2 ultraclamps.  Plus a Manfrotto 099B, a Matthews extension pole, a Manfrotto single articulated arm, and a Manfrotto double articulated arm.  The arms in particular are key.
Mics: Schoeps MK4V, MK41V, MK5, MK22> CMC6, KCY 250/5, KC5, NBob; MBHO MBP603/KA200N, AT 3031, DPA 4061 w/ d:vice, Naiant X-X, AT 853c, shotgun, Nak300
Pres/Power: Aerco MP2, tinybox v2  [KCY], CA-UBB
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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2011, 07:00:43 AM »
Great thread!

At one of our local venues, the only practical way to be in the sweet spot is to hang down from the balcony over it. Thanks to hoppedup I learned this technique using:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/252212-REG/Manfrotto_649_649_Quick_Action_Release.html
and a:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/33185-REG/Matthews_429499_Telescopic_Baby_Stand_Extension.html
along with safety straps of course:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/195824-REG/Altman_SC_36_BK_Steel_Safety_Cable_Black.html

I also use a Windtech and a K&M for pole and stand clamping:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/232847-REG/K_M_23800_500_55_Microphone_Mount.html
Mics: 3 Zigma Chi HA-FX (COL-251, c, h, o-d, o-f) / Avenson STO-2 / Countryman B3s
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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2011, 07:41:51 AM »
I'm addicted to getting my mics in the "spot"... :laugh:

......... unfortunately the "spot" usually isn't in the designated tapers' section.

There are ways, as you probably know.  ;)

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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2011, 08:01:49 AM »
Pictures and product links would be fantastic, nice work timme ...see ya this weekend ?
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Decks: R-44 (OCM), Fostex FR2LE (OWM), Microtacker (semi-retired), D8 (retired), D7 (retired)
Pre-amps: Apogee Minime (semi-retired), Sonosax SX-M2 (semi-retired), Oade mod SBM-1 (retired)
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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2011, 08:03:50 AM »
Pictures and product links would be fantastic, nice work timme ...see ya this weekend ?

Yeah, I figure I'm due for a case of w00k flu.

Bring a clamp.  ;)

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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2011, 08:07:55 AM »
I'll be working on pics and links eventually, BTW.

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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2011, 11:24:31 AM »
The Manfrotto double articulated arm (http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-396B-Section-Articulated-Bracket/dp/B000MWWXJ2) is a real lifesaver for me in a local venue here where the only taping spots of any kind are on either side of the board, and therefore off-center. I get closer to center - and avoid running a sightline-blocking stand - by running the mics at the height of the engineers' heads on the double articulated arm. DPAs in this pic, but the arm can easily hold fullsize SDCs in this config as well.

(Sorry that the photo is oriented wrong... not really fixable on work computer)
Mics: Schoeps MK4V, MK41V, MK5, MK22> CMC6, KCY 250/5, KC5, NBob; MBHO MBP603/KA200N, AT 3031, DPA 4061 w/ d:vice, Naiant X-X, AT 853c, shotgun, Nak300
Pres/Power: Aerco MP2, tinybox v2  [KCY], CA-UBB
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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2011, 11:34:50 AM »
What venue is that?

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Re: Clamp-aholics. The ultimate clamping and rigging team thread
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2011, 12:04:18 PM »
Link to the Superclamp knock-off I like. I like the fact that the handle is a lever style as opposed to a T-handle. You can get more leverage. And the real kicker here is the handle is ratcheting. I know I've had situations where I needed .5 or .75 more of a turn to get a good "bite" but the handle was obstructed. Not an issue with the ratcheting handle.


http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/690391-REG/Photek_SB_84GCS_Grip_Clamp_with_Stud.html

 

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