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Very heavy-duty for absolute stability and fully adjustable.

Sheet music stand folds up for compact storage and transport. Height is adjustable from 37.01" to 58.07".

FEATURES
  • Folds to small size
  • Height adjustable from 37.01" to 58.07"

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Musician's GearHeavy-Duty Folding Music Stand
 
4.3

(based on 308 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (176)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (17)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (187)
  • Portable (181)
  • Holds items securely (148)
  • Compact (131)
  • Durable (9)

Cons

  • Flimsy (18)
  • Unstable (13)
  • Heavy / bulky (10)
  • Difficult to transport (8)
  • Not functional (7)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (136)
  • Performances (104)
  • Outdoor events / games (80)
  • Amateur recording (53)
  • Professional recording (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (125), Novice (60), Professional musician (44), Child (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Secure, Lightweight, NOT Full Size.

This stand is very stable and secure despite it's light weight and portability. However, the music tray is not the standard size I've come to expect from solid black stands, but is instead...Read complete review

This stand is very stable and secure despite it's light weight and portability. However, the music tray is not the standard size I've come to expect from solid black stands, but is instead almost exactly two pages of 8.5x11. While it's definitely stable enough to hold some of the heaviest binders (locking height adjuster), Plan to have all but the smallest music books and all of your binders hang over the edges, and don't ever plan to put a set list or anything else off to the side.

While I do understand some people's confusion about original assembly (takes a moment of thinking) All the parts are there and have a function, and all adjustments are able to be made quickly and securely.

All in all I'm quite pleased, but I'll have to plan ahead and make sure all of my binders are black and that I have a place to put any off-to-the-side music or notes.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Well, I Guess You Get What You Pay For....

I have to be honest and say that this stand is a giant waste of my money! Because, while I will grudgingly use this stand for the time being, sooner or later, I...Read complete review

I have to be honest and say that this stand is a giant waste of my money! Because, while I will grudgingly use this stand for the time being, sooner or later, I am going to have to spring for an ACTUAL MUSIC STAND to replace this with. In short,this is not a real music stand. DO NOT be fooled by the pictures in the ad that make it look like those old-school stands. If you really need a high quality music stand then you are just going to have to spend the dollars and buy one of those annoying, bulky stands that, to be quite honest, are the best out there. I can tell you right now that I have a case of buyer's remorse. I would return it, but I already crushed up the box it came in.
Features? It's a music stand, not a fully loaded car.
Well, this certainly isn't a completely horrible music stand. That designation is reserved for the tin-plated little fold-up ones that look like they are made out of glorified wire mesh. However, this stand isn't very good for either, at least not for gigging. While I love the portability of the insubstantial stands that fold up to the size of a closed umbrella, the problem is that at gigs, all my set lists, lyrics sheets, and chord charts end up flying all over the place. So I needed one of those old-school solid metal stands we have all seen. So I found this stand and was initially excited because it looked like one of those solid, old style stands, at least it did in the picture. Trouble is that in a live setting, it is a little better at holding the papers I put on it, but still not particularly good. I think a lot of it has to do with the horribly flimsy build quality of this thing. Those old stands we have all seen aren't particularly portable, and apparently aren't cheap either, but what they do have is a very solid, easy-to-use, easy-to adjust construction that for whatever reason, the papers seem to have the ability to STAY on them. Obviously if you're playing outdoors then all this goes out the window, but I am talking about indoor gigs, bars, clubs, and that sort of thing.

This stand has several small holes in the "stand part" of it where the papers sit. So I guess, even the slight breeze of an indoor venue can generate enough to sometimes knock your papers off no matter what angle you set the main part of the stand at. I will try putting masking tape or something over the small holes and see if that helps at my band's next gig, but I am not going to get my hopes up.

The "mechanism" of how this stand goes together also leaves a lot to be desired. To describe it briefly, you have the expandable, telescoping tripod part, similar to your standard microphone, booom stand. The end that connects to the actual stand is just a black, cylindrical piece. Here is where things begin to really get stupid, though: The "female" part on the stand that the pole slides into is this strange looking, almost crescent shaped piece on the back of the stand that has sort of two semi-circular metal pieces and a tightening bolt. You are apparently supposed to loosen the nut (or bolt, whatever you want to call it) all the way, slide the cylindrical pole in, and tighten it until it stays in place. First off, whoever thought of this mechanism was apparently on something...or perhaps they should have been. It is clumsy and not very effective at all. In addition, the way it is designed is that you have to find some magical "sweet spot" where the stand is about to fall off the pole but still manages to stay on. The reason is because the way the attachment mechanism works is that if you push the pole too far into the locking mechanism (you know, to make it more stable) the back of the stand hits against the freaking pole! This means that you will be forced to have your stand almost vertical! In other words, most good music stands allow you to flex and extend the functional part of the stand to accomodate your position on stage, not to mention make the papers resting n it less prone to falling off all the time. But if you try to make the stand more stable, you lose almost all of the movement of the stand. So you will have to spend some time threading the pole in so shallow that it is barely in the mechanism at all, but still stable while allowing for the stand to be tilted more or less according to your needs. This is pretty awful, to be honest, particularly for gigging.

In addition to the connection to the tripod being very awkward and cumbersome, I cannot imagine this lasting very long. The first thing I thought when I assembled the stand for the first time was, "This is a broken stand waiting to happen!".

It also comes with a very strange wing-nut that I have yet to figire out what it is supposed to be used for. It doesn't actually fit onto anything, but I saved it just in case I get a visit from the Music-Stand Fairy and it turns out that this is the magic ingredient to turn this lackluster stand into something a little more functional.
Honestly? Not good. The only thing that prevents me from giving this stand straight "1's" across the board is that, as I said in the title, "You get what you pay for." Seriously, though, this stand is NOT worth the money in my estimation, at least not if you are a gigging musician. Yes, as I alluded to, it is better than those wire-mesh doodad stands, but then again they are half the money as this one.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Well, I Guess You Get What You Pay For....

By ChiroVette

from NY City

Comments about Musician's Gear Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand:

I have to be honest and say that this stand is a giant waste of my money! Because, while I will grudgingly use this stand for the time being, sooner or later, I am going to have to spring for an ACTUAL MUSIC STAND to replace this with. In short,this is not a real music stand. DO NOT be fooled by the pictures in the ad that make it look like those old-school stands. If you really need a high quality music stand then you are just going to have to spend the dollars and buy one of those annoying, bulky stands that, to be quite honest, are the best out there. I can tell you right now that I have a case of buyer's remorse. I would return it, but I already crushed up the box it came in.
Features? It's a music stand, not a fully loaded car.
Well, this certainly isn't a completely horrible music stand. That designation is reserved for the tin-plated little fold-up ones that look like they are made out of glorified wire mesh. However, this stand isn't very good for either, at least not for gigging. While I love the portability of the insubstantial stands that fold up to the size of a closed umbrella, the problem is that at gigs, all my set lists, lyrics sheets, and chord charts end up flying all over the place. So I needed one of those old-school solid metal stands we have all seen. So I found this stand and was initially excited because it looked like one of those solid, old style stands, at least it did in the picture. Trouble is that in a live setting, it is a little better at holding the papers I put on it, but still not particularly good. I think a lot of it has to do with the horribly flimsy build quality of this thing. Those old stands we have all seen aren't particularly portable, and apparently aren't cheap either, but what they do have is a very solid, easy-to-use, easy-to adjust construction that for whatever reason, the papers seem to have the ability to STAY on them. Obviously if you're playing outdoors then all this goes out the window, but I am talking about indoor gigs, bars, clubs, and that sort of thing.

This stand has several small holes in the "stand part" of it where the papers sit. So I guess, even the slight breeze of an indoor venue can generate enough to sometimes knock your papers off no matter what angle you set the main part of the stand at. I will try putting masking tape or something over the small holes and see if that helps at my band's next gig, but I am not going to get my hopes up.

The "mechanism" of how this stand goes together also leaves a lot to be desired. To describe it briefly, you have the expandable, telescoping tripod part, similar to your standard microphone, booom stand. The end that connects to the actual stand is just a black, cylindrical piece. Here is where things begin to really get stupid, though: The "female" part on the stand that the pole slides into is this strange looking, almost crescent shaped piece on the back of the stand that has sort of two semi-circular metal pieces and a tightening bolt. You are apparently supposed to loosen the nut (or bolt, whatever you want to call it) all the way, slide the cylindrical pole in, and tighten it until it stays in place. First off, whoever thought of this mechanism was apparently on something...or perhaps they should have been. It is clumsy and not very effective at all. In addition, the way it is designed is that you have to find some magical "sweet spot" where the stand is about to fall off the pole but still manages to stay on. The reason is because the way the attachment mechanism works is that if you push the pole too far into the locking mechanism (you know, to make it more stable) the back of the stand hits against the freaking pole! This means that you will be forced to have your stand almost vertical! In other words, most good music stands allow you to flex and extend the functional part of the stand to accomodate your position on stage, not to mention make the papers resting n it less prone to falling off all the time. But if you try to make the stand more stable, you lose almost all of the movement of the stand. So you will have to spend some time threading the pole in so shallow that it is barely in the mechanism at all, but still stable while allowing for the stand to be tilted more or less according to your needs. This is pretty awful, to be honest, particularly for gigging.

In addition to the connection to the tripod being very awkward and cumbersome, I cannot imagine this lasting very long. The first thing I thought when I assembled the stand for the first time was, "This is a broken stand waiting to happen!".

It also comes with a very strange wing-nut that I have yet to figire out what it is supposed to be used for. It doesn't actually fit onto anything, but I saved it just in case I get a visit from the Music-Stand Fairy and it turns out that this is the magic ingredient to turn this lackluster stand into something a little more functional.
Honestly? Not good. The only thing that prevents me from giving this stand straight "1's" across the board is that, as I said in the title, "You get what you pay for." Seriously, though, this stand is NOT worth the money in my estimation, at least not if you are a gigging musician. Yes, as I alluded to, it is better than those wire-mesh doodad stands, but then again they are half the money as this one.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Basic

By Dave Gearhart

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Musician's Gear Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand:

You get what you pay for. If you want just a BASIC stand to put music on to practice your instrument in the den, this will do. Tripod stand is good. Sheet music holder part is thin and tin. Returning mine for the Manhasset M48.
The tripod stand is good. Adjusts adequately.
Tin-like music holder part does not appear it will hold up to years of travel, use, abuse.
It's worth the price but more money gets you better quality in a music stand.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't buy this stand!

By Trev

from Eagle River, Wisconsin

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Comments about Musician's Gear Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand:

Short and sweet folks...I gig regularly in Northern Wisconsin and bought two of these stands less than a year ago. I'm already replacing them. They were always transported in a stand case and are failing anyways. Piece of junk!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

After a few months tray becomes loose

By Timothy Becker

from NY

Comments about Musician's Gear Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand:

I bought several stands for our worship team. We rent our space so we have to tear down and set up every week. I noticed after a few months, that all the stands have become loose where the tray is riveted to the rest of the stand. I'm not sure how much the tearing down and setting up contributed to the condition, but it is something to consider before you buy. The looseness doesn't make them unusable, but any little vibration in the stage now makes the tray start wobbling which can be a distraction.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Secure, Lightweight, NOT Full Size.

By DncrJim

from Louisville, KY

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Holds Items Securely
  • Portable
  • Stable

Cons

  • Small

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Musician's Gear Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand:

This stand is very stable and secure despite it's light weight and portability. However, the music tray is not the standard size I've come to expect from solid black stands, but is instead almost exactly two pages of 8.5x11. While it's definitely stable enough to hold some of the heaviest binders (locking height adjuster), Plan to have all but the smallest music books and all of your binders hang over the edges, and don't ever plan to put a set list or anything else off to the side.

While I do understand some people's confusion about original assembly (takes a moment of thinking) All the parts are there and have a function, and all adjustments are able to be made quickly and securely.

All in all I'm quite pleased, but I'll have to plan ahead and make sure all of my binders are black and that I have a place to put any off-to-the-side music or notes.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Stand I Have Ever Used

By MrBrandon

from Lawson, MO

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Comments about Musician's Gear Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand:

I bought this stand to use as a laptop stand to set beside my keyboards on stage. The back of the stand head has a monkey nut, so you can adjust how tight the head is. So i can lay it flat and tighten it all the was and it will hold my laptop just fine. I don't know what the big deal about other people saying assembly is hard. It comes in 3 pieces, so it's not a mind boggling task. Of course the stand gets a little unsteady the higher you raise it. Every stand will do that. The expanded tripod gives it more stability which can be a problem in tight spaces with the wide spread of the base.This stand fold up completely, I have it attached by skateboard straps on my backpack to carry it with me. I Love this stand, and I would definitely buy another one if it got damaged

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A decent music stand on a budget

By Pastor_Josh

from Michigan

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Comments about Musician's Gear Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand:

An adequate music stand for someone on a budget. Lots of little fit-and-finish issues, though... 1) no instructions for assembly (easy enough to figure out after some trial and error, but still frustrating), 2) scuffs and imperfection in the powder coat finish, 3) excessive amounts of oil on the pole (messy assembly), 4) an overall awkward mechanism to raise/lower the stand. Just lots of little things that make it clear this is a $20 music stand and not a $50 one. Still a good value.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sturdy - Value Priced - Recommended A+

By Mr. Mojo Risin'

from Charleston, SC

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Holds Items Securely
  • Portable
  • Stable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Musician's Gear Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand:

    I'm mystified about some of the negative reviews for this music stand!?! This is a sturdy, well-built stand and works great for studio use or on the road. It is value priced and quite a bagain compared to others I have priced online. I highly recommend it. It will hold a normal sized 3-ring binder, is collapsible, and is adjustable to different heights. The people complaining about not having any assembly instructions are brain-dead. If they can't figure out how to assemble parts with only two screws and two nuts I really feel sorry for them.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Sturdy Buy

    By Community User

    from houston texas

    Comments about Musician's Gear Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand:

    Though the stand did not come with assembly instructions, it was simple to figure out. With a little bit of tinkering and trying out the stand, I found out how to work the retractable legs and the adjustable pole and stand. Its a great product and is worth the amount I paid for it.
    The stand has retractable legs, adjustable pole and angled stand. It works great and is convenient for practice and play.
    The stand is very sturdy and is the same metal I am use to from band years. If it falls over for some reason, fear not, it wont bend nor break.
    Worth every penny!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good, not great.

    By Wallace Schmidt

    from North Idaho

    Comments about Musician's Gear Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand:

    I bought this stand mostly because, according to the specs, it's tall, and that's true. I can see why others complain about the assembly, but as one who has ignored the instructions for hundreds of "some assembly required" projects, that didn't bother me, and the thin sheet metal may in fact eventually need some straightening or reinforcement. No big deal.

    The music rack is a ferrous metal, so a little magnet will keep sheet music from blowing around. Convenient. It also has holes drilled in the edges which I presume provide for the mounting of extensions to the width, though I couldn't find any such accessories on the Musicians Friend website, and there's no documentation with the stand.

    What is a shortcoming, in my opinion, is that the desk or music rack doesn't detach in any convenient way from the stand, so the most portable it's ever going to get is to have the legs fold up.

    On the other hand, it's only $20, and seems plenty sturdy unless you're routinely careless with your equipment.
    Desk or music rack doesn't detach from stand conveniently.
    Adequate, especially for the price.
    Economical

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