Most portable keyboards do not usually come supplied with a stand; however, a sturdy, reliable keyboard stand is essential for comfortable playing. Luckily, there is a wide range of stands available to choose from. But which one is best for you? I have listed the most common stands so you can choose the most suitable option for your keyboard.
An X-Style stand is probably the most popular choice among keyboardists as they are usually very sturdy and suitable for virtually any keyboard. One of the most important things about a keyboard stand is that it is adjustable so you avoid discomfort while playing for longer periods of time. Most X-Style models will have a few height positions so you can locate the keyboard at the correct height. I would recommend a single-braced keyboard stand such as the Rocket KXS01 for smaller, lighter keyboards and a heavy duty, double braced stand (e.g. Rocket KXS02) for heavier, larger instruments.
The Mixer-style stands are usually a little more expensive than the X-Style models, however, are a great option for the bigger, heavier keyboards. Also, the mixer style stands provide more legroom underneath the keyboard, which is great if you play a lot sitting down. The mixer stands such as Rocket Z Style Stand (fixed height) or Rocket Adjustable Mixer/Keyboard Stand are both excellent choices and will be able to hold a large amount of weight with their reliable construction.
Custom Made Stands
Some keyboard manufacturers will offer custom made stands to fit their keyboards. For example, the Yamaha L2C Stand fits Yamaha’s PSRE and NP Series or the Yamaha L7-S Stand that is designed for the Tyros workstation. As they are custom made, these stands will usually be more expensive; however, will provide a permanent fix with the bolts, ensuring your keyboard does not slip off the stand. This is a preferred option if you are looking for a stand that is unique to your keyboard model and you want something that you can fix your instrument on to.