Classic Microphone and stand

The Starbird mic stand was one of the largest microphone boom stands. It was a labor of love fully built in our own machine shop at the Manley Labs factory. Sadly, it became too expensive to manufacture.

We purchased the seminal design by George Starbird plus the associated tooling and made some important refinements: a heavier, wider-spread base which dismantles conveniently for transportation, plus a variable-weight counterbalance which can be filled as needed with sand or lead-shot enabling the Starbird® to be used with very heavy older ribbon microphones or cameras.

Vertical rise and fall is managed by air-damped compression valves making the boom gentle for precious microphones. Silent mobility is provided by the heavy duty solid rubber wheeled Darnell casters.

The problem with these Starbird booms is that they last forever! Thousands have been manufactured since World War II and most of them are still in use in every major music and film scoring stage.

Features & Specifications
  • Extends:
  • horizontal 4 ft to 8 ft
  • vertical 5' 1 1/2" to 8' 8" ft
  • and fully vertical up to 15 ft.
  • The counterweight weighs 6.5 lbs empty.
  • It will hold a half gallon volume of sand or lead shot if needed.
  • Total shipping weight: 45+9 lbs. (2 boxes) Assembly Instructions
  • 1) Insert the three (3) chrome leg and wheel assemblies into the side of the black cast base, with the flat end of the chrome leg facing DOWN towards the set screws.
  • 2) Using a 3/16" Allen key, tighten the three (3) set screws under the base to lock the legs.
  • 3) Flip this base assembly over so that the set screws are on the bottom and the wheels are rolling on the floor.
  • 4) Insert the end of the largest tube into the center hole of the base.
  • 5) Using a 3/16" Allen key, tighten the two recessed set screws found on the side of the base to lock the vertical tube.
  • 6) Slide the horizontal tube through the quadrant and tighten.
  • 7) Extend the smallest inner horizontal tube so that the 1/4" hole at the end of the larger tube is clear for the counterweight set screw.
  • 8) UNSCREW the counterweight set screw so that you can line up the hole in the counterweight with the hole in the horizontal tube.
  • 9) Slide the counterweight onto the exposed horizontal tube screw end first
  • 10) Using a 3/16" Allen key screw the counterweight set screw all the way in to secure the counterweight.

The MANLEY-STARBIRD counterweight can be filled with sand or lead-shot should you desire a heavier counterweight. Use a screwing motion to remove or replace the fill-plug. This plug is easily available at the hardware stores should you need another.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
  • Manley Starbird® Microphone Boom Stand: was $1000

Singer should have a good microphone

by Oydman

Shure SM58 is a classic, and takes a fair amount of abuse. Also a 20-30' XLR (3-pin) cable and a quality microphone stand. I've cheapened out on the stand and it's not worth the few bucks you'll save. If the microphone doesn't come bundled with one, you'll need a clip to hold the mic to the top of the stand.
A self-powered monitor speaker would be handy for practices, if you have the money. One of those wedge-style speakers that sits on the floor in front of the microphone stand. I specify self-powered -- which means it has an amplifier built in -- because that gives you (effectively) a mini-PA for use in practices


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