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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2011, 05:41:19 PM »
Some good suggestions on this thread.  If the balcony rail is curved I don't know how much I'd trust that speed clamp to get a firm grip; I'd think you'd be better off with a super clamp.

In regards to the Windtech clamp, I used to regularly hang a pair of 414's on a T-bar off one from a balcony railing (with a safety cable attached :)) and never had any issues.  Held tight and never gave me concern it was going to fall and crack somebody's skull.

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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2011, 09:14:26 PM »
I've picked up a Super Clamp (yet to receive it) and a Manfrotto 099b in the yard ...which way is more secure way to mount the superclamp...with handle that tightens above or below?

AND WHERE ARE ALL OF THE SAFETY CABLES?



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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2011, 09:25:26 PM »
I've picked up a Super Clamp (yet to receive it) and a Manfrotto 099b in the yard ...which way is more secure way to mount the superclamp...with handle that tightens above or below?

AND WHERE ARE ALL OF THE SAFETY CABLES?

yeah, you'd be surprised the number of people I've seen not use a safety cable... That more hasn't gone wrong is a small miracle.

Two things I've noticed with the super; the more convenient the handle is, the more likely it is that I can get it cranked on and the more accessible it is to be knocked loose. I've also found the opposite holds true as well (again, ymmv, just my experience). I opt for the later (less accessible, so underneath in your example) usually when possible as I generally don't worry about getting it on tight enough so much as an accident happening and the handle getting knocked loose.
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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2011, 10:53:50 PM »
I think only one of us was using security cables at those shows this weekend (that's me in the pic).  That's the first time i've taped from a balcony rail using the superclamp and manfrotto pole.  I didn't have my mics clamped too far out on the pole (my mics are farthest right).  Held up very well I thought even with the entire building shaking all night. 
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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #19 on: November 01, 2011, 02:38:14 AM »
^^^ yeah, a series of bold moves depicted there.  Though I wish I had the option to run the arm out like that at shows 'round here.
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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2011, 03:10:12 AM »
in that pick i had a safety cable on my mics/extension arm. you cant really see it as it is a thin piece of cabling with a small carebiner(sp) on one end. nothing fancy, but it works perfect. i also had a shorter and lighter arm than most there. i ran the full body busmans about 1/2 way out on the arm with 2 sets of actives further out on the arm. my arm was rock solid both nights. also that night due to some issues 2 of those booms dont have mics on them as the tapers that put them up ended up running from the floor.
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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2011, 10:36:31 AM »
Looking at the equipment on hand...I have the Manfrotto 649 Clamp and a 154 Triple Microphone bar...




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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2011, 05:43:29 PM »
The missing Gefells in that photo should be back soon.  ;)
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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2011, 05:43:34 PM »
Chuck...that is the MAN CAVE

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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2011, 05:44:30 PM »
Chuck...that is the MAN CAVE

 ;D

FYI...that same setup worked wonderful at a Dance Tent...the floor was bouncing crazy so I found a 3" Tent Pole Dead center...it was leaned back about 7 degrees....no problem getting back vertica...wish I had taken a photo...

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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2011, 05:47:21 PM »
Chuck...that is the MAN CAVE

 ;D

FYI...that same setup worked wonderful at a Dance Tent...the floor was bouncing crazy so I found a 3" Tent Pole Dead center...it was leaned back about 7 degrees....no problem getting back vertica...wish I had taken a photo...

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Re: Clamping to Balcony Handrail
« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2011, 10:07:51 AM »
Chuck...that is the MAN CAVE

 ;D

FYI...that same setup worked wonderful at a Dance Tent...the floor was bouncing crazy so I found a 3" Tent Pole Dead center...it was leaned back about 7 degrees....no problem getting back vertica...wish I had taken a photo...

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