Boom for a PR 781?

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I got myself a PR 781 mike to use with my 6500 and am now looking for a boom arm to use with it.  The prices range from 20 to over 100!  Any specific recommendations\thoughts?  Would I need or find any advantage from a shock mount?  What is it supposed to do?
Thanks and 73,
Bob, WK2Y


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Bob Gerzoff, WK2Y

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Tim - G7GFW / F4VQP

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Have a look on Amazon or Ebay - lots of them about from about $7 upwards
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Bob Gerzoff, WK2Y

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That's my dilemma.  I am wondering if the extra $ for some of them is worth it.  I'm just a casual operator, ragchewer. 
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WW1SS - Steve

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I got a Heil HB-1 to go with the 781. Nice finish and works nice . . . No squeaks when you move it. Was like $65
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Ted VE3TRQ

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I bought a cheap “Newer” boom, and regretted it almost right away - too short, poor mechanism to control the bends, weak spring, etc. I found unless you pay over $100 (in Canada, everything is more expensive - maybe $65 at Amazon.com:-), you don’t get a great arm.
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Bob Gerzoff, WK2Y

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Thanks.  Good to know.

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Neil N4FN

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The boom I use is made by RHODE, it is less than the Heil unit but not a cheapie
Neil  N4FN
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Ted VE3TRQ

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That was the “more expensive” one I was referring to above. Solid quality, but C$150 now :-(
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Bob Gerzoff, WK2Y

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At that price, it should also be sturdy enough to use as a weapon :-O
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Scott Russell - N1SER

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Don't waste your money on the cheap fleabay or Amazon booms or Heil. The Rode PSA1 is excellent quality but not overpriced.  https://www.bswusa.com/Microphone-Booms-Rode-PSA1-Boom-Arm-P9631.aspx 

Shock mount is to prevent desk noise or vibrations from getting into the mic through the arm. Depending where you mount the boom may determine if you really need a shock mount. Not bad to have either way though.
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The Rode PSA-1 boom is very good and appears to used by a lot of bloggers (100 dollar range). 

 I chose a cheaper boom made by Sampson (MBA38), which appears to be a copy of the Rode unit..  I have been using the Sampson for two years, no problems.   There are two versons a short 28 inch and a longer 38 inch. 

I would not buy a boom with external coil springs, they appear to be nothing more than one of the adjustable arm desk lights with the Mic hardware in place of the light fixture.  I have a very  old one with external springs, it is noisy when you adjust  it.

I would spend at least $50 on a boom.

Gayle K0FLY
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Nice find... doing a quick look on Amazon and found another similar. Both look like great options to the Rode but not quite a copy. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DHLSTLV/ref=psdc_11974591_t1_B06XY9B3BK
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I bought the Hell SB 1, it's 65.00 new, I had a friend of mine that wasn't using his and sold it to me for 35.00, it was new too. Good boom, no squeaks, hell attaches right to it. Didn't buy the shock mount, you don't need it.
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I think you mean the SB-2 and if Hell attaches right to it, it must be a hell of a boom!
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Your correct! My apologies, it is the SB 2
Wrong again, after getting home and looking, it's the HB 1
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