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Good (cheap) stereo bars / blumlein bars?

Is Grace Designs the only manufacturer? I saw some DPA stuff also but its more expensive.
Ideally I'd like a stereo bar that's over 1 meter long and can accommodate up to 4 mics.
Also interested in blumlein holders!
Any tips?
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The cascade blumlein bar isnt that expensive. Heres a link.

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I have this cascade bar and it works fine. I've sucessfully used it with fatheads and 4050s.

I also have the short and long grace spacebars which i think are fantastic. Dont have a meter long bar.....yet.

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I am using Manfrotto 154b. It is 67cm long and you can replace the tube with a longer one as needed. If you need 4 microphone holders, buy 2 of them. Not the cheapest option but reliable and flexible enough for any main pair configuration.
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I'm about to pick up a sabra-som 4 mic bar and then find a replacement for the stock 12" hex rod, I probably will get around a 3' length. I can then still use the short bar for tail mic work on piano.

I also have a Manfrotto 154b, which works very well. It's a little bit bulky in terms of its visual presentation, but built to be very sturdy. I use it on top of a 12' Manfrotto stand often, and these two paired together make a light, portable, and very flexible solution. I almost never travel without them, even on vacation (I kid not!).

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Is Grace Designs the only manufacturer? I saw some DPA stuff also but its more expensive.
Ideally I'd like a stereo bar that's over 1 meter long and can accommodate up to 4 mics.
Also interested in blumlein holders!
Any tips?
Thanks
I have Grace Design SB-30 and I can easily tell it's the best stereo mounting bar out there, by FAR better than (evenmoreexpensive) Shoeps and anything else I tried. If I had to go by manufacturer I'll buy from Grace with no toughts.

Another option is DIY but I'm not really into it.
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I am using Manfrotto 154b. It is 67cm long and you can replace the tube with a longer one as needed. If you need 4 microphone holders, buy 2 of them. Not the cheapest option but reliable and flexible enough for any main pair configuration.
I can't find the referente of the longuera tube for the 154b, can you tell me were to find It?

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Rycote do a cheap un
They also make the Schoeps mid/side mount......
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Thanks, i have the 154b, but what i am looking for is the longer tube for It

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For a longer tube, you can simply go to the local metal / pipe stores to buy a tube of the same diameter nearly as long as you like, and replace the original one!!
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If 80 cm is enough, this is a lightweight bar with laser engraved scale.
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For a longer tube, you can simply go to the local metal / pipe stores to buy a tube of the same diameter nearly as long as you like, and replace the original one!!
Its a 1 inch or 25.4mm OD tube you need. I purchased a 1m length of thin walled alu tubing from my local hardware.
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I like this one as well. They made some custom one meter bars for me. Have almost switched completely to Grace now but this solution is visually pleasing and very easy to handle.

Although Sony use it with anything but sd mics. An acquaintance of mine put ribbon mics on it... Three pairs! It was more of a 'u'-shape than a bar. Jeez.
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If 80 cm is enough, this is a lightweight bar with laser engraved scale.
Are these still available? I got mine when we did the forum purchase back in '07. A great multi-purpose tool. I use mine with X/Y middle and ORTF middle, with omni outsides. Works great for Faulkner arrays, too.
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