The Panamic product line of carbon fiber microphone poles and mic suspensions was designed by Colin Charles, a London-based boom operator and sound mixer with 30 years of experience. The Panamic suspension mount is a well-built piece of gear. Streamlined in its look, this mount features a track in which the U-shaped mounting yokes slide back and forth for finessing adjustment to the specific microphone. The Panamic folks claim that they were the first on the market with this kind of adjustability.
I found this suspension to be quiet and simply built with very few parts. It is made of high-impact black plastic and uses a threaded brass insert instead of less durable nylon. It uses small O-rings for elastic and these are easily replaceable and tend to keep their resilience for years.
U-shaped microphone mounting clips are employed and various sizes are available for the different manufacturers’ microphones.The mount is compatible with stock Rycote windscreens. They will integrate well into an existing equipment package.
The retail price for the model 416 is $235 and this mount will work with almost all microphone manufacturers, including Sennheiser, Schoeps, Neumann, AKG, Audio-Technica and Sanken. A larger model, the 816 ($265), is made for the discontinued but still popular Sennheiser 816 microphone.
Contact: Red Ear Recording, the U.S. distributor, at 310-836-9901 or via REDEARRECORDING@earthling.net