This is one solid mic stand. I got it because I needed a mic stand that I could set the boom to be nearly horizontal on (to get over my pedalboard while I play guitar) and not fall over. This was my answer. The only downside is that it's not the easiest thing to move, but if you need stability, it's a rock. It also has a cool pneumatic air-ride feature that keeps the upper shaft from slamming down if it comes loose (it will instead glide down into the base shaft; nice touch). I don't understand the silver round bit on the bottom; just for looks I guess. Primo quality.