Kind of an oddball question, but I’ve seen things like this in various people’s gear photos over the years and have never really known what to google/search for to find exactly what I need.
Basically I want a short/flexible gooseneck thing that I can mount on my snare to hold a microphone in place when I’m not holding it.
Something roughly like this:
I’d be 3d printing the part that holds it to the snare, so not worried about any kind of mount/clamping stuff. I was hoping to find something “standard”-ish (ala GoPro-style mounting/connection points) but most of the GoPro-y things are waay too husky.
I’ve ordered a couple different types off eBay and neither is what I’m after.
The GoPro-style one is a perfect length, but like waaay too thick (and a bit “clicky” when I adjust it). The other one is waay too long, and probably a bit flimsy.
An ideal thing would be something like that segmented joint but that is thinner and/or more easily adjustable.
Anyone have any suggestions and/or have anything similar to these kinds of things?
might check out these “gorillapods” I think they have different sizes
Premium grade ABS GorillaPod plus precision engineered ball head with quick release clip and bubble level. Can be configured for still photography, videography, vlogging or live streaming in 3 modes: grip, wrap or stand. Supports DSLR/mirrorless...
Price: USD 39.95
I have one that i mount my iPhone to to do short video recordings
Actually I think
@Angela and I have an aaancient gorilla thing like this. It would be idea if it was just one leg though. Or something along that kind of thickness/mobility.
IIRC - There’s 3d printed versions of the segmented type (like gorillapod) on thingiverse
I’ve not tried printing anything that mechanical or interlocking. Would be nice to be able to have as much or as little as I want, though perhaps not as sturdy as the injection-molded (?) ABS stuff.
broken parts are easily replaceable (re-printed).
In the machining world we call that stuff Loc-Line. You can buy individual segments, tees, etc, of many different diameters to make your own flex mount. We use it to shoot cutting fluid at parts
Aha - this is the magic keyword! Thanks!! Makes searching for models on thingiverse MUCH easier.
Try searching for “gooseneck” or “snake clamp” mic or photography stands.
I have also found that visiting a larger camera/film store that is aimed at professionals always has a section of inexpensive bits and bobs that are used for rigging up sets that can be used to piece together this kind of thing. I wouldn’t have a clue what to call those products either but they are usually strong and cheap.
https://www.smallrig.com have lots of good stuff. I use one of their things to mount my camera on a mic stand.
I’ve searched extensively for this exact same kind of thing. The best luck I had was to look for iPhone, iPad, and tablet holders for cars. I eventually got what I needed just from sheer brute force of clicking through ALL the pages resulting from Google searches…
Ooooh! Super useful!
From the looks of it, correct me if I’m wrong, you can pop off/on segments to make it shorter or longer as needed?
I also googled “loc-line gopro” and found some hardware connection bits too, which would be nice to base things off of.
Yes, there’s a special tool to snap segments together.
It might be overkill, but there is the Manfrotto 237HD.
I can say that I like it.
link to 237HD page on the Manfrotto website
They also have a lighter version, which I would not use to hold a mic, but YMMV.
link to 237 page on the Manfrotto website
And they have a lot of compatible clamps / accessories that I use all the time.
edit : Unfortunately they’re not what I would call “short”.
But you could attach it to the snare stand.
I’ll post some more pics/info in the
3D Printing / Digital Fabrication thread, but I finally got around to making something with the Loc-Line hoses I ordered a while back: