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    Default Folding music stand advice

    I'm looking to get a new folding music stand to take to classes with me. The one I have right now is very flimsy and has broken twice on me. My main limitation is that I want to carry all my stuff in my backpack to class -- so I need a folding stand where each piece will fold to 18" or less.

    Anyone out there have any recommendations for a fairly sturdy, yet packable, music stand?

    I'd like to find something like this Hercules one but I'm afraid it won't condense down small enough to fit in the backpack I'm using.
    http://www.herculesstands.com/music/BS100B.html
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    I like the K and M 101 folding stand.

    From their website: The K&M Classic. The ideal music stand for beginners.
    L (folded): 370 mm, Wt: 1.0 kg, MD: 430 x 215 mm, H: 650/1225 mm.

    http://k-m.de/Baseline.3+M5bce7421804.0.html

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    The Anderson music stand is one of the most beautiful and best designed portable stands on the market. It packs into it's own small tube. It is however, expensive. I believe it is on sale right now, although you could buy a nice uke for the price of the stand.

    www.andersonmusicstand.com

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    My violin-playing GF has the Peak folding stand and loves it:

    http://www.sharmusic.com/Shop-Shar/A...usic-Stand.axd


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    Quote Originally Posted by dkcrown View Post
    The Anderson music stand is one of the most beautiful and best designed portable stands on the market. It packs into it's own small tube. It is however, expensive.
    You got that right! It is beautiful, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele JJ View Post
    My violin-playing GF has the Peak folding stand and loves it:
    Alas, it's too big: "...quickly collapses to fit into the included 24 x 6 x 6 carry bag."

    I have a Hamilton, which seems to be quite sturdy compared to other folding stands I've seen.

    http://www.hamiltonstands.com/folding/folding.htm

    I'm not sure what model it is (doesn't say on it) and it's quite old, so may no longer be exactly what they offer. Top looks like the KB1 and it has two segments, but the desk angle is adjustable like what they show for the KB70 desktop stand with the "kickstand" in back. It came with a pouch and folds down to be 18" in the pouch. Several of their models do say they fold down to 17".

    A pouch is a good idea to keep the metal from rubbing against anything in your backpack, but I'm sure it'd be a breeze to make one, maybe out of an old jeans pantleg or such, just sew up one end and add a drawstring on the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedwahine11 View Post
    I'd like to find something like this Hercules one but I'm afraid it won't condense down small enough to fit in the backpack I'm using.
    You're right. I found this review that says it folds down to 26".

    Remembered a folding stand I won in a raffle that I've never used. Dug it out of the closet (it's a Belmonte 1050N), but I measured and it's 21".

    Have you checked with Old Town Music in Pasadena to see what they've got?

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    I have an aluminum Cordoba Precision music stand that I really like. Weighs 1.5 lbs and folds up to 20" long in a nice bag. Got it at Guitar Center.

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Cordoba-...21-i1424755.gc

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsme View Post
    You're right. I found this review that says it folds down to 26".

    Remembered a folding stand I won in a raffle that I've never used. Dug it out of the closet (it's a Belmonte 1050N), but I measured and it's 21".

    Have you checked with Old Town Music in Pasadena to see what they've got?
    Hmm, I've never been there. Where is it at?
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    Quote Originally Posted by William L View Post
    I have an aluminum Cordoba Precision music stand that I really like. Weighs 1.5 lbs and folds up to 20" long in a nice bag. Got it at Guitar Center.

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Cordoba-...21-i1424755.gc
    Ooh, that one looks pretty good. I will head over to Guitar Center to look. The good news is that my spouse says I can maybe get a wood one (though I think the Anderson is out of the question) for at home, so I might get this Cordoba to take to class and have a cool wood one for at home.

    Thanks for the tips everyone!
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    Hey-- look what else they make:

    http://www.herculesstands.com/string/GS303B.html
    Wanna play something you don't pluck for a change?
    www.busmanwhistles.com

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