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I bought an articulated microscope arm a few years ago, but I was never really happy with it. The arm was too wobbly - the parts did not fit exactly and had too much play. While preparing I had to avoid bumping into the microscope, otherwise the microscope started to swing up and down. Now I have built myself a very sturdy double arm boom stand. I used two 16mm ball-type linear bearings and two solid linear motion shafts (16mm diameter, 80cm long). The end pieces and the support are made of aluminium - I had the holes drilled by a local company for 15 dollars. Together, it cost me about $ 90. Works fine! You can buy double-arm boom stands for about $ 200, but the arms are too short for my purposes.