, Rycote, the UK manufacturer of advanced microphone windshields and shockmounts, has added three telescopic carbon-fibre boom poles to its range of accessories for broadcast and location sound recordists: the 1.63-metre-long G3, with three sections, and the 2.49-metre-long G5, with five sections. The G5 is itself available in two versions, a standard version and one with an internal coiled cable and built-in Neutrik XLR connector in the hilt.
For several years, following their takeover of US boom pole manufacturer Lightwave Audio, Rycote has been selling telescopic boom poles under the Lightwave name. However, with the launch of the Rycote-branded G-series carbon-fibre poles, the entire range, including the A3 and A5 aluminium poles, will now be rebranded as Rycote products.
Featuring the same lightweight patented triple-cam 'grip and twist' locking system as the A3 and A5 poles, and with no metal parts to add to their weight, the new G3 and G5 combine lightweight construction with great tensile strength. As on the A3 and A5, the locking mechanism is designed to be resistant to jamming when the pole is dirty; however, if necessary, the locking collars can be completely stripped down for cleaning in the field if required. The G3 weighs a mere 360 grammes, the standard G5 is 580g, while the G5 with internal cable weighs 720g.
The G3 and G5 boom poles are ideal additions to the location kit of any broadcast, ENG or film sound engineer. All three are on sale now, with UK recommended retail prices as follows:
G5 Standard: £204.
G5 with internal cable: £288.
All prices include VAT at the new rate of 20 percent. Prices will vary in territories outside the UK.