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JJFN
05-24-2016, 04:03 PM
To make a long story short, I am finally going to have to break down and buy a music stand. I saw a pretty cheap one (under $10) at Musician's Friend. That seems almost too cheap to me. Any suggestions?

Ukulele Eddie
05-24-2016, 04:16 PM
Some things are too good to be true, LOL. Maybe it's a good one that they are using for a loss leader. But few things are more frustrating than a music stand that is not stable. I think I paid about $50 for the one I bought, if I recall correctly. Factors to consider:

-- will you transport and use? If so, you might want one with a carrying tote
-- personally, I much prefer the ones with a solid tray for the music, vs. one that is a few bars, but it is heavier
-- stability, are the legs beefy enough to provide stability

Others will likely had additional things to consider.

janeray1940
05-24-2016, 04:26 PM
The first couple years I played I went through an average of one "cheap" music stand every three months. After 3 or 4 of these, they aren't such a bargain. What I should have bought in the first place is the one I have now: the Hercules BS100B (http://www.amazon.com/Hercules-BS100B-WIRE-Music-Stand/dp/B000BGX5TG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366346364&sr=8-1&keywords=hercules+bs100b), which I've had and abused for over 3 years and it's still going strong. I've also been impressed with the Peak stands (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KBD47EG/ref=twister_B00LCY77NG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1) that have a solid desk rather than bars.

Choirguy
05-24-2016, 04:55 PM
Also look at the Portastands, which are made locally (to me) in Stllwater, MN.

If money was no object, I would recommend a 12" iPad Pro, Air Turn foot pedal, and a Gig Easy tablet mount. I don't have the iPad Pro yet (waiting for the refresh while I still have my iPad Air 2), but this combination is pretty wonderful and backlit.

janeray1940
05-24-2016, 06:27 PM
Also look at the Portastands, which are made locally (to me) in Stllwater, MN.


Are all of their stands really made in USA? I couldn't find that info on their site but I might be missing it, so if you could point me that way I'd appreciate it. Otherwise I'll shoot them an email to confirm. If it's true, that's my next stand!

Ukulele Eddie
05-24-2016, 06:35 PM
Also look at the Portastands, which are made locally (to me) in Stllwater, MN.

If money was no object, I would recommend a 12" iPad Pro, Air Turn foot pedal, and a Gig Easy tablet mount. I don't have the iPad Pro yet (waiting for the refresh while I still have my iPad Air 2), but this combination is pretty wonderful and backlit.

I tend to be "tech savvy" generally, but when it comes to music I like print outs in protective sheets in a binder. ;-) I LOVE the idea, but simply could not get used to the iPad / AirTurn footpedal thing. I know others love it, but it did not work for me.

farmerjones
05-24-2016, 07:05 PM
Cheap stands are such crap. If you really need one, spend the money on a quality one that won't blow over the first time a good breeze comes by. Look up the Proline GMS80A. Very heavy duty and sturdy stand that can easily hold both individual sheets and thick books.

kohanmike
05-24-2016, 08:31 PM
I think the Cordoba stand is very good, I have two, one I modified to fit my rolling cart. They are one piece, fold up very well, have good extension arms and are very stable. I got them at Guitar Center around $40.

Croaky Keith
05-24-2016, 08:51 PM
Cheap ones can hold sheet music, but likely to collapse if you put a book on it.
Desktop are sturdier, but you get what you pay for.
:)

kypfer
05-24-2016, 09:29 PM
My "budget-price" stand has proved reasonably adequate ... maybe a little unstable with a lap-top computer being used as a tablet on it!!

Two things to look out for :

1) - Overall height adjustment - will it go high enough to enable you to read whilst standing up and will it go low enough to enable you to read comfortably whilst playing in your "favourite place".

2) - Make sure it's got those little arms that fold over to hold the pages of a book open (or stop sheet music blowing away).

Enjoy :)

ukulelekarcsi
05-25-2016, 01:44 AM
I prefer the metal-plate ones to the foldable ones, but they are a bit more expensive and much less transportable (the foot itself collapses, the metal plate doesn't).

The tip about the little arms is a very good one - paper always tends to drop down, blow away, fold in half and it usually waits for the precise moment to do so. On a metal-plate one, buy some small magnets!

If you use a microphone stand, there are trays that can be attached to those. I find that reducing your footprint - at a jam, on a stage or in a classroom - is always a good thing.

UkerDanno
05-25-2016, 03:40 AM
these things are awesome!!!
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/peak-music-stands-portable-music-stand

strumsilly
05-25-2016, 04:14 AM
these things are awesome!!!
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/peak-music-stands-portable-music-stand
that looks like a nice compromise between solid heavy metal stands and flimsy portable lightweight ones

Jon Moody
05-25-2016, 04:26 AM
these things are awesome!!!
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/peak-music-stands-portable-music-stand

I have a different Peak stand (a portable, full score metal version), but know a LOT of working musician friends that have that exact stand, and it's great! I'd get one of those in a heartbeat, no problem.

JJFN
05-25-2016, 04:50 AM
Thank You everyone for your help and advice. It is greatly appreciated.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
05-25-2016, 05:22 AM
one more thing... some music stands have narrow shelves... too narrow to carry a heavy songbook
or 3-ring binder.

If you are able to test it out before buying, take what you'll be putting on the stand to make sure
it will hold it securely... and check stability, in case you may be playing outdoors in windy conditions.

sturdier stands will weigh more (Peak looks like a good, sturdy, plastic stand) and be a bit bulkier to
tote around, but it will provide more stability for your uses, and, as noted above, an unstable stand
is practically worthless.

keep uke'in',

JessicaM
05-25-2016, 06:14 AM
Aha! I know what my husband is getting from the kid for Father's Day! Thanks for asking this question!

Uke man
05-25-2016, 06:18 AM
The Peak stand for $35. bucks is what I ended up with over 5 years ago and the only thing that shows wear is the case it came in. So, my thumbs up for it. It can hold a telephone book and not get blown over on a windy day.

JJFN
05-25-2016, 07:47 AM
The Peak stand for $35. bucks is what I ended up with over 5 years ago and the only thing that shows wear is the case it came in. So, my thumbs up for it. It can hold a telephone book and not get blown over on a windy day. This is the stand i bought. My music is in song books, sheet music and loose leaf books, so I think this should work. Thanks for the help.

JJFN
05-25-2016, 07:49 AM
The first couple years I played I went through an average of one "cheap" music stand every three months. After 3 or 4 of these, they aren't such a bargain. What I should have bought in the first place is the one I have now: the Hercules BS100B (http://www.amazon.com/Hercules-BS100B-WIRE-Music-Stand/dp/B000BGX5TG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366346364&sr=8-1&keywords=hercules+bs100b), which I've had and abused for over 3 years and it's still going strong. I've also been impressed with the Peak stands (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KBD47EG/ref=twister_B00LCY77NG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1) that have a solid desk rather than bars. I went for the Peak stand, 34.95, looks like it should do the job. I music is in music books, sheet music and loose leaf books, so I need that solid desk. Thank you for your help.

actadh
05-25-2016, 08:40 AM
I am partial to a camp table.

Lightweight, folds, has a drink holder and two lower shelves. Songbook can be propped up on the leg extensions, or it can hold my laptop.

Choirguy
05-25-2016, 05:45 PM
Are all of their stands really made in USA? I couldn't find that info on their site but I might be missing it, so if you could point me that way I'd appreciate it. Otherwise I'll shoot them an email to confirm. If it's true, that's my next stand!

Well, it is a local company at the least...I'll try to remember to reach out to them. It is possible that the stands themselves are made in China (like many ukuleles!)

Hms
05-26-2016, 02:55 AM
Don't forget with the more expensive ones you can buy hangers to hold the uke that's not being used. (They also make excellent wine glass holders!)
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JJFN
05-26-2016, 07:52 AM
Don't forget with the more expensive ones you can buy hangers to hold the uke that's not being used. (They also make excellent wine glass holders!)
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That's versatility!

Donho17
05-26-2016, 12:50 PM
To me Peak seems to have the best combination of quality and price.

igorthebarbarian
05-26-2016, 01:22 PM
Got a Peak from Amazon. They're solid/ fold up nicely/ and very sturdy. Would spend the extra money to get something good like it again.

janeray1940
05-28-2016, 06:30 PM
Well, it is a local company at the least...I'll try to remember to reach out to them. It is possible that the stands themselves are made in China (like many ukuleles!)

I emailed and the response I got included "All our stands are designed here in Minnesota and built by our friends in Ningbo, China."

So, kinda like Apple computer products (designed in CA, made in China)... I have a feeling finding a made-in-USA music stand is about as easy to do as finding a made-in-USA computer :)