|For my home station I own and actively use both the Heil PT-1 and the O. C. White ProBoom scissors booms. The O. C. White shipped with a 15" vertical riser tube, used to elevate the entire boom for mounting the unit to the desktop behind equipment on the desk. The Heil product did not include the riser. |
In everyday station use, the need for a riser also for the Heil product became obvious. Although it is currently catalog-listed as an accessory for the newer PT-2 boom, I purchased the Heil RS-1 riser for my PT-1. I assumed that the riser would also mount the older PT-1 boom, as there is no separate product listing in the Heil catalog specifically for the PT-1.
My assumption was wrong! The diameter of the mounting attachment rod at the bottom of the PT-1 boom is just too large to fit into the top circular clamp on the RS-1. I will make an adapter to fit the PT-1 into the RS-1, and ultimately I will have what I need. But in a vendor of quality products, this kind of problem should not arise.
Uncontrolled variability (i.e.,”lack of interchangeability”) among products seems to be more likely with the product line from a vendor which does not control its own manufacturing. Judging from other Heil products I have examined, Heil seems to buy finished units and assemblies on the wholesale market and re-brand them with its own name. Thus the PT-2 is not just an improvement on the PT-1 design, but an entirely different product.
A purchaser should not have to accept this kind of product uncertainty. The Heil PT-1 scissors boom (manufactured by ???) is a good one and it could compete on its own merits. But any future purchases that I make will be for O. C. White products.