Level-adjusting speaker poles

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DJ Forbes

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I've done a few events outdoors this summer and have found an issue that I wanted to get some opinions on. Uneven ground... If I run my tops over my subs, no issues. I've gotten some blocks to level my subs, so the tops are therefore level as well. If I just run speakers on poles, I have issues. I know there are poles out there with adjustable legs so you can level them out. Does anyone have any of these that they really like or would recommend?
 

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I have a pair of the Gator Frameworks stands which have an extender on one of the legs for that purpose. However, I don't normally have those speaker stands out, and at their price point I wish I hadn't bought them.

If you're going to buy stands I'd go with the Ultimate brand product with the leveling leg. But it depends on how often you're really running into this issue.
 
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I have a pair of the Gator Frameworks stands which have an extender on one of the legs for that purpose. However, I don't normally have those speaker stands out, and at their price point I wish I hadn't bought them.

If you're going to buy stands I'd go with the Ultimate brand product with the leveling leg. But it depends on how often you're really running into this issue.

Thanks man. I was looking at the "on-stage" one. It's like $90 a pole. I don't plan on needing them very often at all. Maybe 5 or less events a year, but when I need them, I'd like to have them. One of those things were if a $700 speaker were to fall over, I'd say to myself "Why didn't I spend the $100 for a better pole", lol.
 

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Tub of different size and thickness wood I just happened to label this morning as I put on the shelf . Do outdoor receptions / few public address services and has worked for me .20 year old tub or older??
 
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My suggestion is do your best to find a area that the ground is level.

I do my best. Unfortunately, I can't always pick the location where I need to be set up. It's never too off-level, but 1. it's for the safety of my equipment and those around it, and 2. Seeing a leaning speaker pole, even if just a little, just really bothers my mind. LOL
 

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Tub of different size and thickness wood I just happened to label this morning as I put on the shelf . Do outdoor receptions / few public address services and has worked for me .20 year old tub or older??

This is what I use now. I have a lot of scrap 1x6 and 1/4 so I have a bunch of small squares I've cut out and painted black so they sort of blend in. It gets me pretty close. Just wondered if the speaker poles with one adjustable leg were worth it or not.
 
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Of all the events I've ever done (15 years) I only remember 3-4 times where level ground was an issue. Rather than trying to find some kind of gimmick stand that's suppose to do this I'd just ditch the stand totally and either put the tops on the ground or on top of subs. I think a lot of times we all think you've got to crank tops up in the air when it's really not doing enough good to justify the effort. KISS
 
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Leaning speakers looks worst than bad cable management. Guests: Is that thing going to fall on me??
 
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