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Microphone Stand Cost


How Much Does a Microphone Stand Cost?

 
low costDesk Stand: $10-$25average costRound or Hex Base: $20-$80high costBoom Combo: $20-$120

A microphone stand holds a microphone for hands-free use on stage or in a studio.

Typical costs:

  • Desk stands cost $10 to $25 and are suitable for microphones used on a pulpit, lectern or desk, for podcasting, voiceover recording or seated guitar players, for example. Expect a stand with a fixed or adjustable height of between 4 and 16 inches. The On Stage DS7200B[1] costs $12 to $24 and features a 6-inch diameter base with adjustable height ranging from 9.5 to 15.5 inches.
  • A round or hex (hexagonal) base stand is best suited for use on a small stage. It has a smaller footprint than a tripod base stand, meaning there is less chance of tripping over it in tight spaces. Expect a sturdy microphone stand with a base made of cast iron, costing $20 to $80. The Atlas Sound MS-10C[2] all-purpose mic stand, for example, has a round base, weighs 10 pounds and offers a height extension of 35 to 63 inches at a cost of about $42
  • Tripod base stands are lighter than round base stands, making them easier to transport and easier to move around a larger stage. Expect to pay $20 to $100 for this type of mic stand. The Atlas Sound TE-E[3] costs about $32 and weighs just 5.5-pounds.
  • Boom combo stands offer more flexibility than standard microphone stands. The horizontal boom arm attachment makes them suitable for singing while simultaneously playing an instrument such as a guitar or drums. Expect a round, hex or tripod base and quick release clutch for making one-handed adjustments to the height and angle. These cost $20 to $120. The On Stage MS7701[4] costs $20 to $51 and offers a variable height from 36 to 63 inches with a 36-inch long boom.
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What should be included:
  • All mic stands should come with a base, an adjustable pole and a microphone holder or clamp.
  • Look for a mic stand with a secure lock that keeps the stand steady when adjusted to the desired height.
  • Some microphone stands include cable clips to secure the microphone cable and prevent it from tripping the performer.
Additional costs:
  • A basic microphone clip costs $2 to $25. A shock mount that isolates the microphone from physical vibration and stand noise costs from $15 to $95.
  • A multiple microphone adapter enables a mic stand to hold two or more microphones and costs about $20.
  • A gooseneck is a flexible stand attachment that makes it easier to angle a microphone to just the right position and costs about $7 to $12.
  • A tray or drink holder that hangs from a microphone stand costs about $15.
Discounts:
  • B&H[5] provides used microphone stands at a discount.
  • Sweetwater's Trading Post[6] offers customers the opportunity to buy and sell used music and audio equipment, including microphone stands.
  • Some manufacturers such as OnStage Stands[7] sell discounted packs that include a mic stand as well as a microphone. The price of these kits represents a discount over buying the items separately but make sure every piece in the outfit is required.
Shopping for a microphone stand:
  • GuitarCenter.com[8] offers reviews of microphone stands.
  • Compare online prices from sites such as Amazon[9] or Sweetwater.com[10] with those from national retails chains such as Best Buy[11] .
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External Resources:
  1.  onstagestands.com/products/view/DS7200B
  2.  www.atlassound.com/pn/MS-10C
  3.  www.atlassound.com/pn/TE-E
  4.  onstagestands.com/products/browserCheck
  5.  www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Stands-Furniture/ci/4150/N/4294246759
  6.  tradingpost.sweetwater.com
  7.  onstagestands.com/products/publication
  8.  www.guitarcenter.com/Microphone-Stands-Microphone-Stands---Booms.gc
  9.  www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_n_9?rh=n%3A11091801%2Cn%3A%2111965861%2Cn%3A119...
  10.  www.sweetwater.com/c396--Mic_Stands?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=...
  11.  www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?id=pcat17080&type=page&qp=crootcategory...
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