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Stand weights - another solution
« on: February 07, 2021, 05:18:40 PM »
I have been searching for years to find easily-transportable weights for mic stands, especially for my small-footprint setups built on the Impact Back Light Stand base.

Sandbags are hard to use with these kinds of setups; barbell weight plates are expensive and I'm not sure they have a large enough center opening to go over the 5/8" socket tightening knob. I also don't want to deal with filling anything with water onsite. I had been looking for something with a C-shaped opening like the stackable mic stands sold by various companies, but until now have come up empty.


What I have just come across are weight plates for tent canopies. These fit all the requirements I had been looking for.

This style of cement-filled weights are sold by various brands and typically come in a set of four 5-pound plates.

If you need a lot of weight for a very tall and/or outdoor setup, these plates are 21 lb each and rubber-coated.
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Re: Stand weights - another solution
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2021, 05:46:55 PM »
Good catch!
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Re: Stand weights - another solution
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2021, 04:54:57 PM »
This thread makes me think that you are in a lucky place, taper-wise, if weight is of no concern! As I frequently take trains, plus local public transport and/or a lot of walking, to get to the shows I record, the very thought of twenty or more pounds of additional load makes my back and knees ache! I have actually gone to a lot of effort to minimize the weight of my gear. You guys that can load up the trunk as you see fit are definitely fortunate...
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Re: Stand weights - another solution
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2021, 01:59:09 AM »
You could also use some wrist or ankle weights to weigh your tripod down. But then I'm more or less in the same boat as aaronji: You would have to carry these in public transport or on longer walks.

Another option would be some Molle (tactical) bottle holders that you could attach to your stand. So, you could buy a bottle on-site or fill your bottle with water. On the other hand, as Voltronic has already mentioned, water and electricity do not get together well. So, you would have to be very careful.

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Re: Stand weights - another solution
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2021, 06:43:53 AM »
Another option would be some Molle (tactical) bottle holders that you could attach to your stand. So, you could buy a bottle on-site or fill your bottle with water. On the other hand, as Voltronic has already mentioned, water and electricity do not get together well. So, you would have to be very careful.

It's not really that I'm concerned about spills and electrical damage as it is I typically need to get in and out very fast (as I am often performing) so I don't have time to mess around with filling water weights.
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Re: Stand weights - another solution
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2021, 01:44:35 PM »
I sometimes hang my recording recording bag from the stand itself, such that it is low and as centered as possible, ideally centered within the tripod legs if it will fit. As such the bag with recorder, external battery, and whatever else in there (couple water bottles?) serves as stand stabilizing weight. Also keeps the cable run up the stand as short and protected as possible.

I started doing this years ago with compact rig I'd run way FOB in the middle of the intensity zone, as it both helped stabilise the small stand and I allowed me to simply grab the central upright of the stand to shift or bolt as needed. Can be a good option where appropriate as it uses the weight already being carried.
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2021, 02:13:29 PM »
^ I always have a loop of paracord and a small carabiner on hand that I sometimes use like that. I can also run the cord through the D-rings on the corners of the bag to hang it from some structures (like the soundboard enclosures at several venues I frequent). I prefer not to have any electronics sitting on the floor if I can avoid it!
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