You need to spend some $$$. I purchased a heavy boom stand made by the Atlas company. They've been around for years supplying the recording and movie industry. Absolutely top-notch and heavy. Mine, which has a retractable boom and a heavy counterweight cost me about $90. They have bigger ones with longer booms that run about $175-$200 depending on which one you get.Like the title says--can someone recommend a sturdy overhead boom mic stand. I'm tired of having the cheap ones fall apart. Thanks.