I've been using mostly cheap mic stands my whole life (I'm 55 as I write this). I've used some K&M stands in studios and they were nice, but I couldn't warrant spending the money on them. When I got my hands on this soft-touch by K&M I was so impressed I replaced all my old boom stands with these soft-touch stands. No fussing around trying to adjust the height, just a SOFT TOUCH like they advertise. I have to tell my friends that use them to relax when they adjust them. They are accustomed to the typical wrestling match that occurs when raising height or adjusting boom angle on many stands. Super construction. When you pop the legs out, they stay firmly in place instead of flopping around loosely. The powder coating is heavy duty. I've banged them around a few times and the finish holds up like new. Fantastic mic stand and Sam Ash has the best deal on them currently.