music stand suggestions

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    julie-hussar on #189217

    The music stand I have while a nice stable stand is difficult to get close enough to the harp and my eyesight and not interfer with the pedals.
    I’m wondering if anyone has tried a stand by Mr StandMan and or the Salvi stands either the Debussy or the Ravel? My biggest concern is the ability to get the stand close to the harp and not interfer with pedal usage.
    Thanks Julie

    Sylvia on #189219

    Sorry, I don’t know about stands, but if you don’t find one, you might consider getting special glasses that are distanced just right to read from the stand.

    You could enlarge your music.

    Also, it helps to keep as much music as possible on the right side of the stand…sometimes cutting and taping sections together works.

    julie-hussar on #189220

    thank you Sylvia I do have special music glasses focused at arms lenth. My problem is arrising from the base of the music stand it is very wide making it very stable but unsuitable for a harp with pedals.

    Sylvia on #189223

    I use a plain metal one like they sell in music stores. It doesn’t interfere with the pedals.

    Gretchen Cover on #189230

    The perfect music stand for a harp would be one with a flat bottom that could slide partially under the harp and would have a music holder that could slide to the right. But, the market is probably too small for that. The best I have found is the Manhassett. You can get the optional Fourscore Music Folder that lets you put up to 4 pages on the stand. The holder attaches to the stand. I’m not sure if it adjusts – you would need to check. The stand comes with optional feet protectors and some other accessories. I wrapped my stand using black bicycle handlebar tape to prevent scratching my harp. I only use an iPad now (except if I play orchestra on occasion) and I have a special stand for that. You may want to go to to view their extensive lineup of music stands.

    Alyson Webber on #189233

    I use an “On Stage professional folding orchestral” music stand. The legs are an adjustable tripod that I only extend halfway and turn it so two legs are against the base of the harp. I haven’t seen how close I can get it to myself, but it gets very close to the strings. Alternatively, and I can try this tonight, you might be able to extend the legs out completely and slip them underneath the harp.

    The stand itself is pretty heavy (not quite Manhassett heavy) and stands up to strong winds.

    Katheryn on #189239

    I have had a few different stands over the years, I ended up defaulting to a manhasset orchestra stand, it takes up a lot of room in the car because it does not fold, but it has never failed me! Just don’t let your orchestra take it on accident, I ended up with quite a search after one concert!

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #189317

    I can no longer stand Manhasset stands. I invested in new ones, and found them unable to support the weight of a stack of music. The extra-wide is very unstable and prone to falling over. I bought one from Musician’s Friend, I think, that has a removable desk and collapsing legs, and it quickly became my primary stand. It is one of their best sellers, so it should be easy to find. It is strong, and I can get it very close to me. The spread of the legs is adjustable. The desk is a little taller and less wide, so that takes an adjustment. It’s lip is narrow enough that I could fit a plastic shelf attachment on it. Otherwise, my Hamilton stand would still be my main stand, tremendously sturdy.

    julie-hussar on #189384

    Well the Manhasset stand I ordered arrived today and is being set back just as quickly. Husband assembled it and the thing rattled every time I turned a page. Something very amiss with the stand not sure what but seemed unresolvable by us. Musicians’ friend was very helpful and offered a quick refund and free return shipping. so the hunt contiunes.

    paul-knoke on #189395

    I’ve been happy with the ‘Regency’ wooden stand. It looks nice, and the legs are up high enough not to interfere with pedaling too much:

    Biagio on #189399

    Years ago I made a swiveling music table that clamps to the harp column. It iss essentially the swivel (brass) components from one of those old fashioned barber mirrors. The problem with that sort is that if it is on it’s own stand, the leverage is too great unless the stand base is very heavy. But the principle is sound clamped to the column.


    kreig-kitts on #189453

    I use the Peak folding stand and think it is a good combination of portable, useful, stable, and durable. It has a large flat desk that is removable and folds and very solid legs. It is pretty wide at the base, but the legs are fairly long as well, so the space under them is fairly substantial and gives you some flexibility for positioning. I keep the end of one leg on the other side of the D pedal with room to move the pedal easily.

    I can maybe get my folding K&M stand a tad closer, but prefer the Peak for performances because it gives a much safer surface for sheet music.

    sherry-lenox on #189485

    My teacher has a Peak- I think the serial # is S30- and she has been very pleased with it and I was also very impressed when I saw it just the other day.
    It is more compact than any others I’ve seen when folded, and not overly heavy, but still seems stable when it’s set up and has a very nice space for large orchestra folders and notebooks.
    I’ll be buying one soon.

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