Those of you who have had the misfortune of using sub-par instruments and equipment will undoubtedly agree on the necessity to always have quality music gear on hand. There are many items who fit the category, mind you, not just musical instruments which as we all know, can vary in quality and price by some degree. In other words, the gear accompanying musicians can very well be just as important for them as the instruments they play.
This being said, we should perhaps remind ourselves that music as an art is more than just artistry and that it relies on quite a wide array of tools. In this respect, we will now focus on the ten best music stands the market has to offer at this point in time to give you a better idea of what to look for.
10Hamilton KB90 Traveler II Portable Music Stand
Ideal for musicians of all skill levels, this portable music stand involves an all-steel desk with rolled edges designed to resist bending. It also features reinforcing ribs on the desk’s face and gussets at its corners, a knob adjustment system to setup the stand’s height, desk angling, and leg positioning. Not only that but the stand also comes with a heavy-duty Cardura bag that includes two zippered compartments for the desk and the base Durable powder coated finish.
9ChromaCast CC-MSTAND Folding Music Stand
ChromaCast CC-MSTAND is constructed in a way that allows fast folding and easy storage. It owes its flexibility among others to a two-tier vertical shaft and a tilting bookplate which also makes the stand perfect for sitting or standing at any given time. Furthermore, the stand also features an adjustable height system that allows you to choose any stand height between 28 and 52 inches.
8On Stage SM7122BB Folding Music Stand
Not only can this music stand fold down to make itself easier to store but it can also be set up in just a matter of seconds when it’s needed. It also features an adjustable tilting bookplate that can hold three 8.5 x 11-inch sheets. Also worth mentioning is the fact that it features a friction locking clutch that can adjust height from 26 to 40 inches for sitting or standing positions as well.
7Crafty Gizmos Black Adjustable Folding Music Stand
This particular music stand features an angle adjusting knob that allows your sheet music to be placed at virtually any angle with no issues whatsoever. It is also surprisingly lightweight given its spacious nature, a lightweight design which it owes to its construction. Despite being so light, it can very well perform the same tasks you would expect any other music stand to perform, including raising and lowering at multiple points and accommodating multiple sheets.
6Peak Music Stands SMS-20 Collapsible Music Stand
Thanks to the Quick Clamp Levers it comes equipped with, you will be able to adjust the stand a lot easier than you would any other music stand. We should also point out that it owes its flexibility to a very innovative design, a design that makes Peak music stands, in general, some of the most portable on the market. As for the stand itself, it features a fully collapsible tripod made of high-quality tubular steel with a durable folding desk for good measure.
5On-Stage Professional Grade Folding Orchestral Music Stand
This revolutionary music stand incorporates all the features one can expect from a music stand in this day and age, while still being innovative and highly flexible at the same time. For instance, it features angle adjustment tension knobs that facilitate an easy removal from the upper shaft, friction locking knobs, a 1-3/16″ center shaft, extendable shafts, high-impact plastic housing, leg support straps, non-slip rubber feet, and a lot more.
4Musician’s Gear Deluxe Conductor Music Stand
Like the name suggests, this particular stand is designed for a more professional setting, which explains its rigid yet highly functional construction. Among its many features, it has a steel bookplate on the conductor’s stand which features a return lip with a tilting feature, a wide 18-inch base spread with a 1-3/16-inch center shaft, and an overall lightweight construction that makes it easier to carry and store.
3Gearlux Deluxe Collapsible Orchestra Music Stand
Gearlux’s Deluxe Collapsible Orchestra Music Stand enjoys a lightweight construction that packs multiple interesting features in spite of its reduced weight. For instance, it has a height-adjustable system that allows you to set up the stand at any height between 28 and 48 inches, along with giving you the possibility to choose what angle the sheets would be held at. At the same time, it has a twist knob on its vertical post that was built to ensure maximum weight handling potency without taking anything away from its flexibility.
2Manhasset Model #48 Sheet Music Stand
This is perhaps one of the longest lasting, most durable music stands ever made. It has an easy, automatic no-knob friction-tilt neck which delivers constant tension at almost any tilt position with no issues whatsoever. Not only that but it also features a heavy-gauge, all-steel welded base designed to provide perfect stability while taking up as little space as possible. Furthermore, it has solid-brass bearings, a heavy-duty greaseless chrome inner shaft, and an ingenious Magic Finger Clutch to provide a one-hand friction grip.
1Musician’s Gear Heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand
Musician’s Gear heavy-Duty Folding Music Stand is the perfect example that a reliable tool doesn’t necessarily have to be too complex in order to be popular. Somewhat simpler than some of the stands we talked about so far, this particular stand features all the capabilities you would expect a standard music stand to have, along with an increased flexibility that it owes to its foldable design. On top of all this, it is a lot more affordable than a majority of all music stands on the market today, which explains why it’s so popular to begin with.