Elegant alternative to a microphone stand on cramped stages
For those of us playing in bands with several members and/or on smaller stages in pubs and clubs, stage space is at a premium and there's nothing more frustrating than being marooned to one spot on the stage for fear of knocking an adjacent microphone stand over!
After having been in this position for one gig too many I started looking at alternatives to the clumsy microphone stand that had been invading my stage space of the last few years and I stumbled across the Z-Bar.
The main strength of this product is its simplicity - attach a mic, place the other end under your amp handle and let gravity do the rest. Alternatively the stand can be slid underneath your cab/combo if it is placed on a suitable hard surface although personally I find this doesn't feel quite as stable as clamping it under the handle.
There is enough travel to allow you to experiment with positioning, both in terms of distance from the grill and on/off axis to the speaker itself.
If you partner this stand with a smaller dynamic mic - I use an Audix i5 - you are left with an incredibly small footprint which leaves you more room to move around in front of your amp. If you have an open back combo then there's a good chance you'll have enough room to store the stand in there after the gig which is a nice bonus!
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