Having toyed with various manufacturers, both well known and otherwise, I can say that I keep coming back to K&M thanks to total reliability and value. They are not the cheapest out there but it is easy to make that mistake the first few times, thinking mic stands are much the same. Not true. Joints, hinges, fasteners - all are of superior build here and as a result they are not only more reliable (not slipping, folding or collapsing when a vocalist is mid-chorus) but also far more durable, ultimately costing less in the long run. Cheap mic stands are a false economy. K&M is the real deal.
This small stand is fantastic. The quality is fantastic and the weight means I can relax knowing that my microphones are safe and not due to fall over.
Primarily using this to hold kick drum mics (going through a live engineering phase at the moment) so its always good to know if the singer decides to accidentally kick this stand he will likely break his foot before moving the mic out of position.
The Boom arm is another great feature as it allows the stand to be compact on the stage without the arm sticking out.
I did think about buying the slightly cheap alternative but Im glad i stretched a little more as this stand is really the best quality.