Great choice for my first mic stand. Strong metal construction-- nothing bends or breaks with tightening. This stand confidently supports my AKG C414s at full arm extension, no problem. For an entry-level tripod-and-boom mic stand, you absolutely get what you pay for, possibly more. Much better to spend a few dollars more on this K&M and have it last a long time than to replace something cheap. There are probably many stands for the same price that are not as sturdy and well-built. I'd like to have an overhead stand with even more reach than a boom, but at this price I am satisfied! Have fun with this one.