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    I was going to buy a boompole since my DIY one keeps needing too much maintenance a lot. I've tried a few out at the film school and they all have internal cables. I felt that the pole was making a noise I swung it from actor to actor, and I was told that it might be the internal cable, making noise inside.

    Is this common? I was going to buy a new one and some of the best prices are ones with internal cables, but I was wondering if this is true about the noise, would it be better to pay the extra money, on an external cable one, if that's the case?

    Does anyone know, as I cannot confirm the internal cable being a problem normally?

    I did some research and I found out that almost all boom operators use internal cables though, and it's now considered amateur and inconvenient on set, to use an external cable nowadays. Is this true? From what I read, the most popular boom poles available are the ones with internal coiled cables, but at the same time, these are the ones that make the most internal noise.

    I read that it's worth getting cause keeping the internal noise quiet can be mastered, but what do you do exactly to keep it quiet?

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    I wouldn't give a rats booty if some equipment I use looks amateur. If it works then I'll use it. If the internal cable boom makes noise, I wouldn't use it.


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    Okay, it's just, it's the boom poles that do not have internal cables are more expensive it seems, so wondering what the pros were, since the inside making noise, is a huge con. There must be some reason why everyone is going internal now it seems.


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    Dont worry about what the professionals use. If you have satisfactory results with an externally wired boom or even a paint roller pole with electrical tape then use it.


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    Okay thanks. My last boom was actually a paint roller pole, but it kept needing too much maintenance all the time and want something that will hold together better. The boom polls are also thinner and easier to carry. But it's hard to find one without an internal cable nowadays. Perhaps I may buy one with an internal cable, and just rip the cable out, or would that be a waist?


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    Please, this is total deja-vu from another message board.
    Either learn to search, or just make decisions.
    Reiterating your own questions after a few years is not even funny anymore.


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    Okay sorry. I haven't figured out what the best boom pole is, cause of all the pros and cons, and people have different things to say.

    I've come down between two boom poles to buy. The Polsen SBP-10 5-Section 10' Telescoping Aluminum Boompole, or the K-Tek KE-89CC Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole. One has internal cable, but some people say it's not that bad, and you just have to learn to do it right. But does anyone have any experience with either of these poles?


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