Strong and durable metal were used to make this, you can tell right from the get go. Clamp is a bit fiddly and I cut my hand a couple times (admittedly my own fault) while trying to set it up. The arm itself can hold a decent weight but no chance I could get my shock mount and mic onto it without it instantly collapsing onto the table. If you have a light microphone, I don't think you can do much better for the price. But be wary if you are considering such features as pop filters or shock mount.