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Comment by Brian David Essad on July 19, 2011 at 8:52am

A company in Sacramento, surprisingly called Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, that markets a 66# base that accepts non-threaded 1.5" pipe. One version has lip in the bottom so the pipe won't slide through and the other version allows the pipe to go through. This allows multiple bases to be stacked on on pipe so you and add weight to the base. They all stack nicely on each other for storage as well.


The other option is what my company has done. Get a pipe with a slightly larger diameter to pipe you are using. Weld a piece about 6" long onto the center of a 2'x2'x1/2" piece of steel. Drill a hole in the side of the 6" piece of pipe about an inch down from the top. Weld a nut over the hole and thread in a bolt. The bolt will tighten onto your piep and hold it in the base. We also put small pieces of steel on the underside of the 2'x2' plate to help prevent the base from wobbling.

Comment by Mike Mahoney on July 19, 2011 at 7:12am
Home Depot - Quick drying concrete and a bucket!
Comment by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on July 19, 2011 at 4:30am
I've seen some, made with Kee Klamps (or something similar), but I suspect they were made in-house and not commercially available.
Comment by Stephen Ellison on July 19, 2011 at 2:51am
I don't think there is a boom base for unthreaded pipe. I can think of ways to support unthreaded pipe in a vertical position but not with a weighted base. You would need more pipe and scaffolding clamps, "cheeseboro's".
Comment by Allan Nathan on July 19, 2011 at 12:55am
Is there a name for the type of boom base that can accept non-threaded pipe? All the boom bases I see online are the threaded 50 lb altman ones.
Comment by Michael Austin on May 12, 2011 at 9:01am

Hi all, 

I am looking for an professional programmer in Toronto, Ontario. I have an led installation that involves real time video/text to be displayed on a very interesting format. Please contact if interested.

Comment by Todd Kramer on April 22, 2011 at 2:28pm
Glad to hear that Valeria. Congrats on a good show.
Comment by Valeria Silva on April 22, 2011 at 2:24pm
thanks guys for all your tips, the event went good :D
Comment by Todd Kramer on March 18, 2011 at 7:05pm
Val, I agree with Larry watch your levels and make sure not to give away any of the gags, that's the big thing with every magic act I've lit. You're lighting helps with the misdirection so the audience doesn't notice the mechanics of the tricks.
Comment by Larry Robbins on March 18, 2011 at 6:43pm
Val....    watch out of side and back lighting... you do not want to let the audience see any wires, movement, etc.. that will be going on... don't over light any curtains that the act might be backed up to.  Flat is good.....

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