Introduction: Build an Adjustable Rock Band Microphone Stand

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Need a mic stand for all your rock band needs? Don't want to spend a bunch of money for a real one? In this instructable, I will show you how to build one out of materials found at your local Home Depot/Lowe's/Elliots/whatever for under $10.

Step 1: Materials

These materials can easily be found at any hardware store, or maybe even in your garage.

You need:
(All fittings are non-threaded)
(Make sure your 3/4" will fit into your 1", if you get SCH40 1", the walls will be too thick. Look for the thin walled pipe)
-10 ft of 1" PVC pipe (the pipes are sold in 10' segments at my Home Depot, so I just bought one pipe)
-10 ft of 3/4" PVC pipe
-3 1" T Joints
-4 1" 90' elbow joints
-1 1" hose clamp
-1 1" 1" 3/4" Reducer T Joint (it has 1" connections on the 2 linear sides and 3/4" on the perpendicular side
-Hack Saw
-Flathead screwdriver (or whatever you need to tighten the hose clamp, the one I used required a flathead)
-Vise (optional)

Step 2: Build the Base

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Assemble the base as shown in the picture. Use 2 inch long sections of 1" pipe to make the connections flush against each other where shown.

Step 3: Cut the Pipes

Place the 1" PVC into the base standing upright. Cut to the height of your belly button. This is merely preference here, depending on how much variation you want in your stand. This is what I did in my case. The 1" needs to be about 4 inches lower than you want the lowest possible stand height to be.

The 3/4" PVC should slide into it. Now cut the 3/4" PVC to slightly longer the 1" piece so that it will not get lost inside it.

Step 4: Make the Connection

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First you need to cut the 1" piece as shown in the picture. This is difficult. BE VERY CAREFUL! The saw is likely to slip out. Lost fingers will make it rather hard to properly rock out.

The best way to do it is to make slow upwards cuts only, making one pass, then reinserting it and making another upward pass until the desired depth is achieved. Shoot for about 1" down the pipe. You need to cut out 4 segments to make the pipe have 4 roughly equidistant intact sections. This will allow us to squeeze the 3/4" pipe.

Be sure to rub off all the little PVC shavings.

Next, loosen the hose clamp and place it around the top of the pipe as shown. By tightening this clamp, you have an adjustable stand!

Step 5: Make the Mic Holder

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Place your reducing T Joint into the vise (if you have one, I highly recommend it) by the perpendicular side. We need to cut along the linear side as shown in the picture.

Use your hacksaw to cut the piece. If done correctly, the mic should snap into place and be held in place. If you don't get it just right, it may or may not work. If it doesn't hold it tight enough, you can either use rubber bands or get a new reducing T joint. I recommend getting a new T joint.

Step 6: Final Assembly

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Almost done!

Attach the mic holder onto the 3/4" piece. Next, insert the 3/4" pipe into the 1" pipe. Now, use your screw driver to tighten the hose clamp. You want it tight enough that the 3/4" pipe won't slide down, but loose enough that you can adjust it without unscrewing the clamp. I recommend tightening it in half turns, but this part is entirely personal preference and trial and error.

Now, just snap the mic into the mic holder and adjust the stand to your height and you're ready to rock.


kangaroosong made it! (author)2015-05-15

$8.50 for all the parts at menards. 15 minutes to cut and assemble. My only addition was black spray paint.

korahn (author)2010-06-07

This sounds like a great setup. If only i had the tools to cut the pipe.

Marigaux (author)korahn2011-03-28

All you need is a hacksaw. You can probably get one from Home Depot for less than $10 or $15. It will be a great addition to your work shop beyond this project alone

korahn (author)Marigaux2011-03-28

This is true. Unfortunately, living in an apartment makes my workshop basically a few drawers of essential tools, lol.

Marigaux (author)korahn2011-03-28

Something like that might work.

mbarrett96 (author)2011-03-04

useless. i can get a real 1 for around 12 bucks

greenkid1313 (author)2011-01-09

thank you i actually use this for my real microphone it is great. thanks man

asdfghjkl1234567890 (author)2009-06-04

where do you get these poles from and how much are they cos if theyre more than £15 i might aswell buy a real one

Not sure what you mean by "poles," but if you are referring to the PVC pipe, they cost about $2 per 10 foot section (sold in 10 ft sections)

Kindhamster (author)Marigaux2010-09-10

In case you're wondering, that's about 1.29 pounds

rgrockr (author)2010-09-05

Nice instructable, I just finished building one myself! Except to make it adjustable I used a simpler method of just drilling holes in both pipes and sticking a peg through it. I play guitar but I can't sing very well, so when I needed to do backup vocals I couldn't justify spending a lot on a mic stand. Your tutorial is exactly what I was looking for.

Black_Havoc (author)2010-02-09

 this does look pretty good, i hope that with this i will be finally able to do drumvox, thx man

ScienceWiz (author)2009-08-18

Great instructable! I made one a while ago from your instructions, I could post a pic if you wanted I had all the parts at home except for the 3/4" to 1" adapter... So all together, I got a custom mic stand for like $1.67!!!! I spray painted my stand bright red and deep purple with some custom logos and band stickers, looks awsum!!! Thanks for the idea and such great instructions!!! Now I can rock out on guitar and sing at the same time!!

Sterling88 (author)2009-08-02

cool!! I've been looking for a way to make one!! I"m off to get the stuff now! :)

M1 Monty (author)2009-01-02

This is just what i was looking for! I'll start building it soon. Thanks, Marigaux!

Expat (author)2008-11-28

I have the 3/4" and 1" pipe but the 3/4" doesn't want to go into the 1" (it is a *really* tight fit and too tight to be able to operate afterwards). Are there different thicknesses of pipe (i.e. is the 1" too think perhaps making it to small a hole for the 3/4"? Other than that I am going great guns.

Marigaux (author)Expat2008-11-28

Yeah, thats the tricky part. It should slide in pretty easily, hence the need for the clamp assembly. There are two thicknesses of the 1 inch pipe. Thickness meaning thickness of the actual wall, not the diameter. Look for the thinner stuff. The way I did it was just test it out in Home Depot, looking to see which thickness would allow the 3/4" pipe to slide in easily. Good luck!

Kuhan (author)2008-09-30

i actually have a real mic stand which i sometimes use to play guitar and vocals at the same time (100% on vocals and 75% on guitar on Blitzkrieg Bop)

Xander da gr8 (author)2008-09-14

I built it!!! That is really well done,I had a few mix ups at the hardware store about how thin the pipe was but they gave it to us free so its still fine.

Viral Death521 (author)2008-07-21

Thank you! I've been looking for a decent mike stand that doesn't cost a fortune, and this is exactly what I needed! Now I can do guitar and vocals! Woot! -521-

Marigaux (author)2008-07-07

Well, like the intro says, less than $10. If I were to estimate it... 3/4" pvc - $1.50 1" pvc - $2 3 T joints - 50c each, $1.50 4 elbow joints - 50c each, $2 Reducer T - 50-60c Hose clamp - $1 Obviously not exact prices, but theyre all pretty darn cheap. All easily available from Home Depot or Lowes or something in the plumbing section.

stolee (author)2008-07-07

Nice instructable! How much did all of your materials cost you?

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