Peak sms-20 vs Peak sms-32
The only difference between these two music stands is the sms-32 has a flat metal desk that doesn't collapse. For those who have used both, is the flat desk more stable for making notes than the collapsible sms-20? Thanks!
Peak sms20: https://www.sharmusic.com:80/Accessories/Music-Stands-Accessories/Peak-SMS-20-Music-Stand.axd
Peak sms-32: https://www.sharmusic.com:80/Accessories/Music-Stands-Accessories/Peak-SMS-32-Flat-Panel-Desk-Music-Stand.axd
I have owned two MSM-20 stands but no MSM-32 stands. I notice in the SHAR listing that the MSM-20 gets more stars than the MSM-32. I would estimate that since both of these are lightweight stands they are both about equally likely to be only moderately stable for writing on. The disadvantage of the MSM-20 is that if one link of a "hinge" in thee desk breaks the whole hinge will likely begin to fail (this happened to the first one I bought - in fact the link was already broken when it arrived - the dealer replaced it and I ended up with two of them - the 2nd one never had any trouble).
I have a Peak 20 and something similar to the Peak 30, and I use my Peak 20 ALL THE TIME. I don't have any problems using it for writing notes on my sheet music. You could always buy both and return the one you do not want, Shar has a good return policy after all.
For portability, go with the SMS-20.
Awesome, thanks! I will go with the 20 I think. I use a Manhasset at home and I don't see my doing much traveling outside of practicing with my teacher's adult student ensemble in a few months and the occasional friends house.