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So what is the best stand for a gigging musician

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG] - NEW!' started by kittywithabanjo, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    I have been using the Hercules for a number of years but find they aren't really holding up to the abuse of gigging. Looking to replace mine a double stand would be best.. But needs to stand the abuse.
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I use the K&M Memphis Pro.
  3. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I find myself torn on which quality is most desireable for an instrument stand that I'm going to take with me on a gig:
    - Do I want robust indestructability? Hell yeah!
    - Do I want compact, lightweight, easy-to-travel-with-ness? Hell yeah!
    - Can I find both in the same product? Hell no!
  4. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    I've used Hercules in gigging on average 100-150 gigs a year for the last 8-9 years and never a issue. I also use the Hercules Wall hangers to have My bases out as wall art at the house lol. I know my bass is safe using these and never worry.
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  5. jnslprd


    Jun 26, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    Do the stands that grab the neck put pressure on the neck as opposed to the lower ones that rest on the neck plate?
  6. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    I have not found the perfect gigging stand, so I'll watch this thread.
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  7. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I haven't found that to be the case.
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  8. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    My double stand (Hercules) the foam on the bottom got pulled off my stand is in one of my speaker/mic stand bags. Also had one where the locking mechanism basically melted. It was weird..
  9. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Don't mind me I'm just passing by.

  10. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    Bumping this thread. I've got some 10 year old Hercules stands that are still going strong, and one older Ultimate GS-100 that is great, nice and sturdy. I've seen recent reviews saying the plastic in the recent years Hercules stands are disintegrating, causing failures. I bought two more Ultimate GS-100 stands last week, and they are wobbly garbage compared to my older generation GS-100. I need one or two more good quality, reliable stands. Help me find what I'm looking for!
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  11. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    There isn’t any one best stand. You can only try to get the best stand for your gigging situation. Do you need a stand for 5 or 6 basses? Or, do you play on cramped stages and need a stand that takes up as little real estate as possible? This thread can be great for making suggestions and helping others find what they need, but there is no “best” stand.
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  12. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Ultimate. I've had 4 of them for 10 years.
    Fit my 5 string necks really well.
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  13. glocke1


    Apr 30, 2002
    a hardshell case


    As much as i'd like to use a stand, there is no way I will anymore..Stages are just too small and chaotic..

    That said, BL brings a folding multiple guitar rack which sits in a back corner of the stage, I've used that from time to time and find it a safe place to store my basses if I have to.
  14. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    I have a couple of Ultra folding stands that are almost 20 years old. About 5 years ago the rubber started crumbling, and I replaced it with a clear poly tubing with no sticking issues. I also have the comparable Musicians Friend stands, which do fine. But, I think the Ultras are better built - steel instead of aluminum, and the cradle arms are solid instead of hollow.
  15. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    I prefer the Hercules (although last summer, one of the four that I have had for years fell apart at the clutch—and it was weirdly sticky after it failed, too).

    If the gig calls for ultralight packing, I like the Cooperstand folding Ecco-G if the stage will be secure after sound check. If I'm not sure who'll be tromping by my stage rig, the MarkBass Bass Keeper works well with cabs or rackbags that offer a side handle. Of these two, the MarkBass is far more secure.

    Back in the golden age of rack rigs and fridge-sized cabs, there used to be a hinged instrument hanger that attached to the front rack rails and folded away inside the rack lid after the gig. I'd love to have a Hercules version of that.
  16. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    Sounds like how my one Hercules stand failed..
  17. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
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  18. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Anyone know the best stand for metal?
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2018
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  19. kittywithabanjo

    kittywithabanjo Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Coquitlam. BC
    Metal never stops. So you don't put down your axe
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  20. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
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