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Completely helpful; we've been considering something like the Z-bar for a few months, and would love to have something smaller and less obtrusive than a mini-boom for both our tilt-stand-ed combo amps...
Of course, the fact that it doesn't get much praise above does not help much.
I don't think any of the permanently mounted options will pass muster either, but I appreciate seeing all the suggestions nonetheless. I may just see about making some sort of home-made but perfect for our particular application solution...
For cripe's sake, somebody buy that kid a freaking DICTIONARY already!
We have a couple of the Z bar mic holders. We use them about 20% of the time, otherwise we use a shorty boom for better placment. One of the options is, we have couple of short (like 8") goosnecks that we can extend from the Z bar.
If you're not worried about the cosmetics of your amp, I've seen guys attach a goosneck flange (like you'd see on a podium) to the side of their cabinet and use a mic on a goosneck for the job. This approach does devalue your amp cabinet slightly (having something protrude from the side can make it a little harder to pack sometimes as well) and also provides zero isolation from the box it's self (a similar drawback to the Z bar).
I know this thread is old, just adding some more info to the mix.
I made one using a 2" spring clamp from Harbor Freight (cheap). Drilled a whole in the bottom to fit a 6" gooseneck extension and screwed on a mic holder. I glued cork to the clamp so it wouldn't mar the tolex on my amp. Works great.
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