Here are three more super-affordable accessories from Monoprice's Pro Audio Series.

The 602700 universal mic clip looks very much like any other "butterfly" clip that folds open to hold mics of various diameters. What makes this one unique is that it has significantly more clamping force than any other butterfly mic clip I've tried. For example, it has no difficulty holding my long and heavy Royer Labs SF-12 stereo ribbon mic [Tape Op #25] horizontally; with other butterfly clips, this task requires taping the mic to the clip to prevent the mic from leveraging itself out. A brass insert ensures long life for the mounting threads, and angle tension of the clip can be adjusted with two screwdrivers.

The 602710 mic clip, on the other hand, is designed for easy mic entry and release, with soft, rubbery material holding the mic, which means it's perfect for on-stage use with dynamic handheld mics. Not only will the clip survive if the mic stand is dropped, but the clip's easy-release design will minimize damage to an attached mic when mic and stand hit the stage. The rubbery clip is too big to hold a Shure SM57, but it deforms enough to hold thicker mics, like my AKG C 1000S [#35]. This clip too has brass threads, and angle tension on this one can be adjusted with an allen wrench.

Rounding out this review is the 602400 folding sheet-music stand. It's incredibly light - just over 2 lb - and very compact when folded and placed in its water-resistant carry bag. Height- wise, it works for sitting as well as standing musicians, and all of its clutches operate smoothly and effectively with positive clamping force. Spring-loaded wire "fingers" can be pivoted out to hold pages down. The tripod legs span out to an appreciable 13'' radius, which makes the stand fairly stable despite its negligible weight. This isn't a stand that will take years of on- the-road abuse, but if you need a lightweight stand that won't break your back (or your bank-account), it's easily worth twice its price.

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