I have two of the three stands already mentioned. Both are
good but not great.
The short stand is pretty cool that it folds up into a very small
piece nicely stuffs into the corner of your equipment case.
However, it is so short, any bass standing in it is very top
heavy and an accident waiting to happen. Also, to stand the
bass most securely against the bottom supports, you have to
lean it way back. Again, it looks like an accident waiting to
happen. I like the looks and portability of this stand but I
never feel comfortable with it.
This tall Hercules stand was actually recommended to me by
a very famous bass player. He liked the locking mechanism
which closes around the neck when pulled down from the
weight of the bass. So, I picked up one. The problem I have
with this stand is that the internal mechanism (teeth, I'm
guessing) gets hung up before it closes all the way. I pinned
the problem down to my asymetric P bass headstock. The
left side pushed down on the mechanism before the right
side. The Hercules mechanism doesn't like this and jams.
I have a love/hate relationship with this stand. I have to
push down on the top with my free hand to get it to clasp
my bass properly. This is supposed to make my life easier
but it doesn't. Again, it's a beautiful looking stand and a
great idea. Something went wrong with the implementation.