How we pick our products
Welcome to our big music stand test 2023. Here we present all the music stands we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best music stand for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a music stand.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Music Stand: Our Picks
- 3 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a music stand
- 4 Decision: What types of music stands are there and which is the right one for you?
- 5 Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate music stands
- 6 Interesting facts about music stands
- The music stand is meant to hold your sheet music while you play. It is mostly used at home, but is also necessary if you play in an orchestra or band. Normal music stands can hold two to three A4 pages side by side.
- There are a large number of different models that vary in size, weight and material. There are also ornately decorated music stands made of wood, which are used as decoration in the living room because they are heavy and not very mobile
- Some music stands are also used in choir rehearsals. Especially when rehearsing with a lot of sheet music, music stands keep everything sorted and it is easier to take notes on the stand than on your lap.
The Best Music Stand: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a music stand
What do you need the music stand for?
Sooner or later, most musicians want to play music somewhere other than at home. Therefore, it also makes sense to buy a foldable music stand if you have a fixed music stand at home.
Which music stands are suitable for children?
What accessories are available for music stands?
Other music stand products include easy-to-install cup holders or storage boxes for pencils, erasers or instrumental accessories such as the mute for string instruments.
Decision: What types of music stands are there and which is the right one for you?
Basically, you can distinguish between the following music stands:
- Foldable music stands
- Fixed music stands
- Orchestral music stands
- digital music stands
- Table music stands
In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to help you find the music stand that is best for you.
Foldable music stands
Foldable music stands are very small when folded, making it very easy to bring them to orchestra rehearsals, for example. If you are not practising for a long period of time, you can simply store the stand in a cupboard. Music stands that can be folded up are often less stable because they fall over easily. In addition, it is not so easy to make notes on individual sheets of paper. Foldable music stands are usually made of coloured metal in all kinds of colours (black, white, red, yellow, blue, green, pink, etc.). Coloured music stands are less likely to be confused with each other, but sometimes they cannot be used at concerts, for example, when orchestras need uniformly black music stands. Either way, it is always advisable to attach a small name tag or a coloured ribbon as a means of recognition. If you want to make it even more personal, you can have your name engraved.
Fixed music stands
The non-foldable, fixed music stands are only height-adjustable, but you cannot fold up the upper part, the music tray. They therefore take up a lot of space and are difficult to transport. On the other hand, they are more stable in the west and it is easier to make notes on the sheet music, which is why they are mostly used in orchestras and other ensembles.
Orchestral music stands
There are so-called orchestra music stands especially for conductors. They have additional side elements that can be folded out so that there is room for even more sheets next to each other. This allows the conductor to place more sheet music in front of him and have everything in view. This type of music stand is often made of wood.
digital music stands
For technology lovers and experienced professional musicians, the digital music stand is also interesting: it is a mixture of music stand and tablet PC on which the sheet music can be displayed in A4 size. This means that you don’t have to take as many “analogue” music books with you. But you are also dependent on the battery life and have to invest a lot of money.
Table music stands
Table music stands are rather small and are mainly used for instruments that can be played sitting down, such as guitar or recorder. However, because of the low flexibility, this type of music stand is not used too often. Here, too, there is the foldable version and the fixed one, often made of wood. Basically, it is a music stand that does not have the lower section with the height-adjustable bar and is therefore simply placed on the table.
Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate music stands
In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate guitar amplifiers. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and to decide on a suitable and effective device. In summary, these are the following criteria:
- Height adjustability
- Size and weight
In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a device based on the criteria or not.
As already mentioned, there are foldable and fixed music stands. The latter are heavier and take up more space, so you can’t just pack them in a bag and take them with you, so they are less mobile. Foldable music stands are smaller and lighter, so even children can easily transport them.
Because of their light weight, foldable music stands can easily fall over. This is especially annoying in group rehearsals, when someone often has to walk between the music stands. Even a small bump can cause the music stand to fall over. Fixed music stands are much more stable, which is why they are often provided by music schools for instrumental lessons or ensemble rehearsals. Also, if you take a lot of notes while playing music, stability is important for you. Since the foldable music stands do not have a continuous surface, it is not possible to write well on them when you are only practising with individual sheets of paper. The sheet will get unsightly creases or even holes. This does not happen with the fixed music stands. For many customers, however, such a fixed music stand is out of the question because of its impractical size.
We therefore recommend for everyday use of the foldable music stand to simply place a book or sturdy notebook under the sheet of music so that you can write on it more easily.
All folding music stands and almost all fixed music stands are height-adjustable. This means that the music stands can be used flexibly, regardless of whether you play music standing up or sitting down. This is also very practical because you don’t have to buy new music stands for children when they grow up – the music stand simply grows with them.
Music stands are usually made of metal (often colour-coated) or wood. Wood looks more elegant, but it is also much heavier and somewhat more expensive than the cheaper metal version.
The most common music stand is the folding music stand in black or silver. If you prefer something more individual, you can also choose a different colour or have your name engraved on it. In general, most music stands are classic and simple.
Size and weight
A decisive criterion is the size and weight of the music stand. For adults, the music stand should reach a height of about 1.20 metres so that it is possible to practise while standing. If you want to buy a music stand for children, you do not need to pay any further attention, as music stands can also be set up for a height of 50cm. Foldable music stands are usually around 40 cm long when folded, so they fit easily into any cloth bag and are very easy to take along. The weight of course depends on the size and material. If you want a solid wooden music stand, you have to reckon with a relatively high weight. Small folding music stands usually weigh about one kilo, sometimes a few hundred grams less.
Important: If you want to buy a particularly light model, you should make sure that it is not too small!
Interesting facts about music stands
How do you unfold a music stand?
Unfolding a music stand is relatively self-explanatory: just loosen the screws one by one and unfold the individual parts.
More tips on unfolding the music stand:
- The further apart the three feet are, the more stable the music stand is – but it is also easier for someone to trip over it!
- The easiest way to set up the music stand is from the bottom up. First adjust the feet, then the height, and only finally fold out the top part, the music stand.
- Never work with too much pressure! If you press the individual parts in the wrong direction, they can bend. This makes the assembly a little more difficult with each mail!
Can you build music stands yourself?
For passionate hobbyists, there is of course the possibility of assembling your own wooden music stand. There are many different instructions for this online. If you need a quick place to put your sheet music while you’re playing, because you’re waiting for your music stand to be delivered – we have a few creative emergency solutions for you here:
- Find a shelf at a suitable height. You can lean your sheet music against a stack of books.
- Use your noticeboard to pin your sheet music while you practise!
- If you don’t have a pinboard, tape your sheet music to the wall or a window – but make sure you can remove it without leaving any residue!
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