OK - I am still very much a newbie and have read all of the newbie info on the site. I have not found anything on stands. So I thought I'd give a go at it to the Pro's. There seems to be two different kinds of double bass stands. #1 The endpin stays in place and is inserted into a pocket. AND has clamps the 'waist' of the bass. Good because there is no weight on the neck #2 The endpin is lifted and the bottom of the bass rests on a 'fork' of sorts. Good because the endpin does no have to take on any weight when in idle time. What to do? Does this query make any sense? I have an idea perhaps - make a double bass stand that does both. Put a rubberized fork on the bottom, and a clamp for the sides, and a nice neck holder to boot. on it. This way each musican has an option - lift the endpin or not - etc... What do you guys think?