A good gigging stand in 2018: Peak aluminum model vs. Nilton vs Desca vs ??
I've owned a Peak stand for years but I'd like something lighter and more compact (the original Peak with steel legs weighs in at about 5 pounds.)
Now there's a new aluminum-legged Peak (SMS-40) which only weighs 3.5 pounds and still very reasonably priced at $47.
For a splurge there's the Nilton Magic stand which claims to weigh under 3.5 pounds and packs down a bit smaller than the Peak (though it costs 3x as much)
Meanwhile, I came across a little company that makes the Desca Presto (https://www.descahome.com/) which is 3 pounds, 12 ounces and even more compact than the Nilton. Looks great but, as Desca only sells through their own web site, there are no Amazon reviews to consult. But the price is reasonable at $55 plus shipping.
Finally there is the Rat stand from Europe. They're hard to find in the U.S. but can be had for $120-150. Very compact, super-quick to assemble, but heavier at 6 pounds (which is probably a deal breaker for me).
I'd love to know if anybody's had any experience with any of these promising new designs.
One thing you don't know from pictures is how well they'll hold up. In that regard, design simplicity is a virtue.
I'm interested in this as well.
We have three Voyagers as well and like them but I'm a little jealous of the folks who can collapse their stand into a skinny carry bag.
Thanks Lydia. I love Manhasset, my Manhasset practice stand is going strong after 40 years.
The short stand is really short, good for my little girl cellist when she was 8 years old. She complains it's too short to use now. The tall stand is normal size for most folks. I can put it on the scale for you when I get home if needed.
We have a couple of the vented Gearlux stands, which have proven quite sturdy (we bought them in 2013). I like the fact that I can use magnets to hold flimsy music in place on these. They do collapse but are heavier than what you're describing. ~$30 on Amazon.
Over 70 years of playing in public and private have have music stands up the gazoo!I i use a Manhasset set up permanently at home (it was my "studio"). I've had all kinds of other stands too over the years including a couple of Peaks, and wooden stands and a menagerie of folding metal stands including some with heavy solid metal disks and a folding Peterson stand.
Thanks Katie, Stan and Andrew.
Belmonte for me, twice per week for last 5 yrs. Carry in music pocket.
5 pounds on the regular-size Voyager stand.
Peak collapsible is great and not very heavy, even if it takes up a lot of space. Sturdy and easy to write on, fasten Aria light, etc.
The only benefit of a heavier portable stand is its resistance to wind if you plan on playing outdoors and for getting exercise lugging it around. Unfortunately the lighter it gets, the flimsier it gets, find the right balance for your needs. I think there is no one stand fits all; same goes with instruments too!
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