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Folding music stand recomendations

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG] - NEW!' started by Jim C, May 26, 2018.


  1. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    I have 2 gigs coming up that will likely require charts due to limited rehearsal time.
    Musicians Friend had a lot of conflicting reviews.
    Looking for sturdy and portable; it will probably only get used 6 times a year so doesn't have to be super heavy duty but not junk either.

    Anybody have any recomendations to buy, or stay away from?
     
  2. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    6 times? Get a Hamilton and then throw it out when you’re done.

    (Or, preferably, donate it to some kid in school.)
     
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  3. Indoors or outdoors. Contending with wind has different considerations.
     
  4. Falsecrack

    Falsecrack

    Nov 21, 2017
    My mom has Hawaiian and Jazz gigs (she’s the ‘Uke/Guitar player), and I bought her a folding music stand from Amazon (Crafty Gizmos), for Christmas. She has been using it several days a week since she got it. She loves it.
     
  5. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
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  6. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    If you’re using single-sheet charts (rather than a book), I recommend the latter of the two you listed. Its metal bookplate lets you use magnets to hold the pages. (I use some cute, colorful magnets from Good Grips.)
     
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  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i've used both of Jim C 's recommendations: they both work great --- the cheaper of the two is actually sturdier, IME, but the peak model has the folding desk which is appealing/useful for some, i'm sure.
     
  8. I have a Hamilton folding whiz-bang stand.

    Assessment: totally useless.

    Do not buy a Hamilton Folding Whiz-Bang music stand - unless you like your music falling all over the place and the stand generally sagging if you put even one skinny three-hole binder on it.

    It looks cute when you unfold it. The cuteness dies when it falls over.
     
  9. You're a mean one, Mister Grinch!

    Imagine ----> giving one of these pieces of junk to a poor little kid!

    I'd have you arrested for child abuse!
     
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  11. MD

    MD

    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    I'd go with "sturdy". There's something about plastic hinges that reeks of failure, IMO.

    Put your music in a 3 ring binder and get some medium size binder clips for wind control. If you expect a real windy day, large clips for the book and a couple sandbags for the base are good to have on hand.
     
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  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I have had one of those Peak folding music stands for 5 years and our band has several of them. First off, they DO come with the bag :D Second, I have put some very very heavy large books on them before and they don't flinch whatsoever, and they're nearly impossible to knock over. Of course, you can do it if you try, but you have to be pretty willful about it. 100% highly recommended.
     
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  13. MD

    MD

    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    ^^^
    Better than I gave them credit for - good to know.
     
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  14. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Now you tell me:).
    I ordered the cheaper one based on the above comments about strength.
    It will be here Thursday and even if it is more heavy duty, the folding music desk and carry bag suddenly are important.
    Mainly because of a gig in June.
    I will have my bass cabinet and spare amp deliverd to the outdoor stage and I will park many blocks away and walk in with a MB800 Fusion and a Mono bass bag.
    Thinking this walk will suck carrying another item.
    The music desk will not fit in the mono gab or laptop case for the amp.

    And the Herculees guitar stands don't come with a carry bag.
     
  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Oh well. I've seen worse to carry than the MF stand, but the Peak definitely is easier overall.
     
  16. MD

    MD

    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Can you get a backpack for the desk and amp?
    Then, wrap the stand in a towel and put it in the Mono bag with the folded legs running next to the neck, below the head stock.
     
  17. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Good idea; the stand should be here shortly
    Thanks
     
  18. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Music stand works great and with a binder clip at the top, charts stay put in wind.
    The non-folding table is a drag to carry though.
    Of course I buy this stand and the drummer brings 4 Manhasset stands; he owns a PA company and they need them for certain gigs.
     

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