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Ultimate Support APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand   

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A NAMM Best of Show, Ultimate Support's APEX Series Keyboard Stands represent over two decades of research and development and are used all over the ...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

Two-tier portable column-style keyboard stand with boom attachment, telescoping boom and tote bag.

A NAMM Best of Show, Ultimate Support's APEX Series Keyboard Stands represent over two decades of research and development and are used all over the world by gigging keyboard players and touring musicians.The AX-48 Pro Plus bundle includes the venerable AX-48 Pro (Black), AX-48 Pro Mic Boom, and AX-48 Pro Tote. The APEX Series is the finest looking keyboard stands on the market, and are intended to shine the spotlight on keyboard players, while securely supporting their prized instruments.

Simple Setup and Tear Down
Setup and tear down takes seconds with the AX-48 Pro. It breaks down into a single, slender unit that's easy to transport and doesn't take up hardly any room because the hollow column becomes its own carrying case. The legs remain connected and slide into and out of the base of the column, and the arms that support your keyboards are stored in compartments at the top of the column.

Sleek, new design
The modern look and shape of the APEX AX-48 Pro brings the keyboard player out from behind a stack of no-character keyboard stands, and into the spotlight with the rest of the band. The footprint of the new AX-48 Pro has not changed from the previous APEX, but now offers an updated column design that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is performance-ready.

APEX-quality features
Everything keyboard players have come to appreciate about the APEX keyboard stand for over two decades is still available in the new APEX AX-48 Pro. It's the original column-style keyboard stand that securely holds two keyboards out of the box (up to 125lb. each). The patented Tri-bar arms are height adjustable, the support legs are super stable, and it's incredibly easy to setup, tear down, and transport from gig to gig.

Professional Tri-bar Arms
Keyboards, synthesizers, and keyboard workstations have evolved in the last two or three decades since the original APEX was developed. The APEX AX-48 Pro now ships with two sizes of Tribar arms (one set of 13" arms, and one set of 18" arms) to safely hold today's keyboards, synthesizers, and keyboard workstations of all sizes.

Includes a Mic Boom and Professional Tote
The AX-48 Pro Plus bundle includes the best microphone boom arm ever developed for live performance, the Ulti-Boom (Telescoping) and an adapter that fits right on top of the APEX keyboard stand! What's more, this bundle includes a professional tote that not only houses the keyboard stand, but also has a dedicated space for the Ulti-Boom. The AX-48 Pro Plus is the perfect bundle for the keyboard player who gigs often and also sings!

FEATURES
  • Simple setup and tear down
  • Sleek, new design
  • APEX-quality features
  • Professional tri-bar arms
  • Includes a Mic Boom and Professional ToteAX-48 Pro Load Capacity: Up to 125lb. per tier (56.8kg) or 250lb. total (113.6kg)

An ideal stand for the gigging keyboard player. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand

  • AX-48 Pro Height: 46" (1168mm)
    AX-48 Pro Weight: 19lb. (8.6kg)
    AX-48 Pro Folded Length: 52" (1321mm)
    Ulti-Boom Length: 18.9" - 34.6" (480 mm - 880 mm)
    Ulti-Boom Weight (with adapter): 2.5 lb. (1.1kg)
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Ultimate SupportAPEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (10)
  • Stable (7)
  • Holds items securely (6)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My boom went kaboom first night!

Boom design impossible to gig with. The mic boom screws onto a fine threaded stud on top of the main trunk. It takes about 20 revolusions to screw completely on. The boom, altho...Read complete review

Boom design impossible to gig with. The mic boom screws onto a fine threaded stud on top of the main trunk. It takes about 20 revolusions to screw completely on. The boom, altho short, is awkward to manuver. Mine cross threaded first night! Thankfully it held up thru the gig. I own the previous model Apex stand so I was able to swap boom parts around and modify the new stand with the older boom attachment and top clamp. Slide it in and tighten wing nut. Walla! One other small gripe, bag could have been a couple inches longer.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice stand, far from oerfect

I've owned many stands, the x style, the z style, and the four leg fold out style. I've yet to find the perfect stand and this one is no exception. That being...Read complete review

I've owned many stands, the x style, the z style, and the four leg fold out style. I've yet to find the perfect stand and this one is no exception. That being said, there are some great qualities about it. First of all, everything you've already read about it being the most portable and easily packed is true. It took up way less room in my Jeep SUV than my old Z style 2 tier stand. Also the time it takes to actually set it up is less than a minute. It's built like a tank and I was not afraid of it tipping for the most part. The only way in which I feel it might tip is towards you, and that's fine being that you'll probably be sitting or standing behind it most of the time.

The negative's you've probably read, I found to be mostly true which are: One, I used it with a Nord Electro3 HP 73 key (bottom) and Nord Electro3, 61 (top) and even got the attachment and arms for a third tier with shorter arms to hold my Novation Mininova at the very top. Even without the third tier, the bottom keyboard still wobbled enough while playing that I found it annoying. If you are familiar with these boards you know that none of them weigh over 25lbs. The others didn't really move, but again the bottom left moved enough to make me a little uneasy. Note they don't slide around, I'm talking about tipping.

It is also true that the mic stand will strip and is hard to mount. I'd recommend getting a quick release mic stand mount for it. Ultimate makes one that looks pretty decent. I'd say it's a must if you plan on using the mic stand. The actual telescopic stand that comes with it is heavy duty and really nice.

The bag is kind of cheap. It's a step up from those bags you get with the Chauvet light stands but is a nice add on if you really don't want any scratches on the stand. It also has an extra zip pocket to hold the mic stand which is nice.

Make sure when moving the packed stand around that you have securely clipped in the lid so the arms don't fall out. I found that out the hard way.

But back to the stand itself... Another thing is that I had a hard time with was mounting the boards close enough together. If put them too close together then you can't get to the lower's controls, while if mounted too far apart (for me) it creates slightly awkward playing/reach. So I actually sacrificed my ability to fully see/reach the controls on the lower board so I could more easily jump to my B3 sounds on the second tier. And for the third, top tier, the arms stuck out so far I had to pull out the middle board away from the column so that the third tiers arms wouldn't stick out past the front of the board. And then I had to pull the lowest board away from the column so I would not snag my hands on the arms of the second board and so on… (did that make sense)? Doing all of this made the whole rig less sturdy. This board will also only allow you mount the boards flat, no angles. I'm actually fine with that.

Lastly, there's the issue with your pedals. If you have a three or even a two keyboard set up, then you'll likely have at least 3 pedals. In my case I use two control/volume pedals, one sustain and two latching pedals. In all honestly it doesn't matter how many you use they still will not sit well position-wise with this stand. I actually set them up on the horizontal support legs which put them on a about 20 degree angle and most of them moved the whole time. You could easily make, or probably buy a pedal board to sit nicely on the legs, but then tisk tisk, you're now back to hauling in more gear which was counter intuitive to us buying this stand in the first place. Unless of course you bought it based on looks.

Speaking in terms of a multiple keyboard set up in most cases you are using your own mixer. With my z-stand I used a pedal board which housed an 8 channel mixer and all my pedals which I just slide underneath the whole thing. Now I have to put this gator mixer bag next to me on the floor and run cables from it around and up to the inputs (messy). I actually take up more space now!

I hate reviews that ask the reader questions at the end, and trust me I think I've read every one about this stand that's out there, so I'll leave you with this:

I like this stand but it's far from perfect. I'm honestly on the fence, but after writing this I can see that there are more con's than pros for me anyway. It's probably the best THREE tier stand out there. There are definitely better, less expensive, less packable, heavier TWO tier boards available (ultimate Z stands etc) that are better suited for gigging musicians. The crazy thing is that there is still something about this stand that I really like. I can't quite put my finger on it. I can't believe it, but I'll probably keep it.

Adam
-nord electro3HP, nord electro3-61, novation mininova, korg microkorg, presonus 16.0.2, JBL eon10's.

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5.0

Very Sturdy and well made

By Dragon

from Nashville

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Holds Items Securely
  • Stable

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio

Comments about Ultimate Support APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand:

Home Practice

 
5.0

APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand

By Simsound

from Geyserville Calif.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Holds Items Securely
  • Portable
  • Stable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Church
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Ultimate Support APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand:

    I'm disabled and this stand is Quick to set-up , I Love it, but a little heavier than anticipated ! Built to Last as is all Ultimate gear

     
    4.0

    Its bulky but necessary

    By peter g

    from vienna, va

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Holds Items Securely
    • Stable

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Ultimate Support APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand:

    I had to fight with this initially, I hope it lasts, looks good tho and functional.

     
    5.0

    Excellent product and a reasonable price

    By MrKeys

    from Rochester NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Ultimate Support APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand:

      This is my second unit. Love it. I have an XS8 and Nord stage 2. The stand handles them fine

       
      4.0

      good keyboard stand

      By Keys bored

      from Destin FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Holds Items Securely
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Ultimate Support APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand:

        I needed a quick way to unmount the mic boom arm and added a quick connect adaptor on the stand. The stand was slightly wobbly and I added 1"1/4 rubber feet over the original feet and it stabilized the stand. Works great now.

         
        5.0

        A Stand for all keyboard users

        By BOBBY

        from undisclosed

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand:

        A nice sturdy keyboard stand, that has proven it's worth on the last jobs I have done. The mic stand attachment is a plus and is positioned in the right place. I like the ease of setting up this stand and the ease of transporting it in it's own carrying case. The only bad thing was the plastic carrying handle breaking off. Why they have used plastic handles for a heavy unit is a mystery to me. Other than this flaw it is a good stand for any light, or heavy keyboards...

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        So far so good! Impressive in looks and uses.

        By Oriianking

        from Massachusetts

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Portable
        • Stable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Ultimate Support APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand:

          Though the price is a bit exorbitant for a stand I was intrigued by the looks and by some reviews from some other keyboard playing friends that have the silver version. So far I've only played it out a few times but it looks great, has been very stable onstage, and has been a great feeling surface for my keyboards (I prefer the keys perfectly flat/level like this stand provides). I play and sing (mostly sing) for a power metal band and it seems to be up to the treatment of that style of music which is pleasing to say the least. The keys get a lot of attention in some of the songs so I needed it to be stable as well as good looking.

          All in all I feel it's been a great purchase. I'll have to see how it holds up over time - then I'll know whether the money was worth it. But for now I love it!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Looks even tougher than the original Apex.

          By Andy

          from Suffolk, VA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Portable
          • Stable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Ultimate Support APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand:

            I've been gigging with the original Apex on and off for over 20 years, so, while the old one was still functional, I'd destroyed just about every piece of plastic and lost every part that could come loose and still do the job. The new Apex looks even tougher and has improved on just about every feature that could be improved upon.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Nice stand, far from oerfect

            By Royal Benson

            from Central PA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Unstable

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Ultimate Support APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand:

            I've owned many stands, the x style, the z style, and the four leg fold out style. I've yet to find the perfect stand and this one is no exception. That being said, there are some great qualities about it. First of all, everything you've already read about it being the most portable and easily packed is true. It took up way less room in my Jeep SUV than my old Z style 2 tier stand. Also the time it takes to actually set it up is less than a minute. It's built like a tank and I was not afraid of it tipping for the most part. The only way in which I feel it might tip is towards you, and that's fine being that you'll probably be sitting or standing behind it most of the time.

            The negative's you've probably read, I found to be mostly true which are: One, I used it with a Nord Electro3 HP 73 key (bottom) and Nord Electro3, 61 (top) and even got the attachment and arms for a third tier with shorter arms to hold my Novation Mininova at the very top. Even without the third tier, the bottom keyboard still wobbled enough while playing that I found it annoying. If you are familiar with these boards you know that none of them weigh over 25lbs. The others didn't really move, but again the bottom left moved enough to make me a little uneasy. Note they don't slide around, I'm talking about tipping.

            It is also true that the mic stand will strip and is hard to mount. I'd recommend getting a quick release mic stand mount for it. Ultimate makes one that looks pretty decent. I'd say it's a must if you plan on using the mic stand. The actual telescopic stand that comes with it is heavy duty and really nice.

            The bag is kind of cheap. It's a step up from those bags you get with the Chauvet light stands but is a nice add on if you really don't want any scratches on the stand. It also has an extra zip pocket to hold the mic stand which is nice.

            Make sure when moving the packed stand around that you have securely clipped in the lid so the arms don't fall out. I found that out the hard way.

            But back to the stand itself... Another thing is that I had a hard time with was mounting the boards close enough together. If put them too close together then you can't get to the lower's controls, while if mounted too far apart (for me) it creates slightly awkward playing/reach. So I actually sacrificed my ability to fully see/reach the controls on the lower board so I could more easily jump to my B3 sounds on the second tier. And for the third, top tier, the arms stuck out so far I had to pull out the middle board away from the column so that the third tiers arms wouldn't stick out past the front of the board. And then I had to pull the lowest board away from the column so I would not snag my hands on the arms of the second board and so on… (did that make sense)? Doing all of this made the whole rig less sturdy. This board will also only allow you mount the boards flat, no angles. I'm actually fine with that.

            Lastly, there's the issue with your pedals. If you have a three or even a two keyboard set up, then you'll likely have at least 3 pedals. In my case I use two control/volume pedals, one sustain and two latching pedals. In all honestly it doesn't matter how many you use they still will not sit well position-wise with this stand. I actually set them up on the horizontal support legs which put them on a about 20 degree angle and most of them moved the whole time. You could easily make, or probably buy a pedal board to sit nicely on the legs, but then tisk tisk, you're now back to hauling in more gear which was counter intuitive to us buying this stand in the first place. Unless of course you bought it based on looks.

            Speaking in terms of a multiple keyboard set up in most cases you are using your own mixer. With my z-stand I used a pedal board which housed an 8 channel mixer and all my pedals which I just slide underneath the whole thing. Now I have to put this gator mixer bag next to me on the floor and run cables from it around and up to the inputs (messy). I actually take up more space now!

            I hate reviews that ask the reader questions at the end, and trust me I think I've read every one about this stand that's out there, so I'll leave you with this:

            I like this stand but it's far from perfect. I'm honestly on the fence, but after writing this I can see that there are more con's than pros for me anyway. It's probably the best THREE tier stand out there. There are definitely better, less expensive, less packable, heavier TWO tier boards available (ultimate Z stands etc) that are better suited for gigging musicians. The crazy thing is that there is still something about this stand that I really like. I can't quite put my finger on it. I can't believe it, but I'll probably keep it.

            Adam
            -nord electro3HP, nord electro3-61, novation mininova, korg microkorg, presonus 16.0.2, JBL eon10's.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Absolutley Wonderful!

            By jeepgirl

            from Elkton, Md.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Holds Items Securely
            • Portable
            • Stable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Ultimate Support APEX AX-48 Pro Plus Keyboard Stand:

              I was very inpressed with this stand I dont need a mic stand anymore, plenty of room for both keys.

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