All bands, music groups, and orchestras require music stands.  They are essential in the making of music, allowing you to securely see your music, and the conductor.  FYI, Trombonists: that’s the person at the front with a stick who is following you!

When looking to purchase Music Stands for your group there are 3 key things to consider.

  1. Budget
  2. Reliability/robustness
  3. Storage

 

 

Overture

Rocket MS05BK Orchestral Music Stand

In my opinion, the best value-for-money Music Stand on the market.   If the budget consideration is your focus, I guarantee, this is the stand for you.        This high-quality music stand is extremely sturdy and stable. Its tubular steel construction incorporates ABS leg housing and connector clamps ensuring superb stability and support for your music. It features a metal sheet rest with attractive hole design which greatly reduces the weight. The stand is easy to assemble and has a strong tripod base with folding legs so can easily be stored or transported when not in use. The height is adjustable between 70-110cm. A fantastic versatile stand suitable for lessons, practice at home, bands and orchestras. Your wish has been granted!

Stagg MUS-C5 T Orchestral Music Stand

Similar in many aspects to the Rocket MS05BK stand, this Stagg Stand offers amazing design with enhanced connector clamps at a very affordable price.  This sturdy and reliable orchestral stand is designed to go the distance! Perfect for every musician, bands and orchestras due to its strength and resilience, this stand will last you throughout countless practice sessions and performances over many years.

Stagg MUS-C5 TP Orchestral Music Stand

Identical to the above model, but with a solid music table.  This solid table adds strength to the stand and is better for outdoor performances where breezes may be an issue.

Theme

If nothing but quality will do, and you want a stand that will last, then Manhasset is a fine option for you.  Why do you think many amateur and professional orchestras and bands use Manhasset?  They are designed and manufactured to the highest of standards and durability.

They come in 4 slightly different models, the Symphony, Voyager, Harmony, and Orchestral, and have the option of a dedicated storage cart.

Manhasset Symphony Music Stand

The Manhasset classic black Symphony 4801 stands are great for both large and small groups of musicians. With them being immensely popular with orchestras, they are highly recommended! Available in many attractive colours, they have an extendable height, from 66cm to 122cm. The heavy-gauge all-steel welded base provides excellent stability, and the lightweight aluminium desk is ideal for large music scores.

Manhasset Voyager Music Stand

The Voyager stand is designed for musicians who want the usual high-quality Manhasset stands, but in a more portable format. The tripod base can be folded quickly and efficiently.  They have an extendable height, from 66cm to 122cm with a twist lock mechanism for quick release and operation.

Manhasset Harmony Music Stand

The Manhasset 8501 Harmony stand features a design which incorporates brilliant functionality, and is great for storage. The v-shaped bases allow the stands to be stacked together in a very compact style. This way, it only takes 6 feet to store 25 stands when not being used. The height of the stand is adjustable, and can be extended between 72.4cm and 128cm

 

Variations and Finale

The RAT Stand was conceived in 1976 with a simple philosophy; to create the best possible music stands. Since then, RAT stands have been the preferred choice of over 500 opera houses, theatres and concert halls worldwide.  If they’re good enough for Abbey Road Studios and the Sydney Opera House, I’m certain they will meet your needs.

RAT Performer 3 Stand

Like previous RAT performer stands which have no knobs to fiddle with or lose, the Performer 3 delivers this and more!  With rubber feet to protect the floor and a base designed for perfect stability, these stands are superb. The performer 3 is the new leader in the market. The stem can be adjusted to suit your preference and are designed for easy storage.

These are compatible with the RAT59Q Premier trolley.

RAT 69Q13 Jazz Stand

The Jazz stand is a professional quality music stand with a full range of height adjustment, industry standard stability and a full-size music tray with pencil shelf. And yet, as a result of its unique design it unfolds in three easy moves from a flat pack no larger than the size of the tray. It does this with no knobs, no finger traps and no hassle; just three easy moves.  Oh, and they aren’t just for Jazz!!

These brilliant stands are compatible with the RAT69Q7 Trolley, where you can easily store and transport 24 stands.

RAT 88Q01 Alto Stand

With the new RAT Alto Stand, the focus has been mainly on versatility, durability and spectacular ergonomics. This music stand is different to almost any model currently on the market and it has solved many typical problems you would encounter with most standard music stands.  The polymer tray ‘bounces’ back when bent and doesn’t make a noise if it is knocked. The smooth rounded edges will make sure your stand is safe as well as being virtually unbreakable itself. There is also an additional shelf for pencils and small instruments and the stands are easily stackable for compact storage.

Finally, the RAT Alto Stand has a much bigger range of height adjustment than any other stand currently available. The one size fits all approach will ensure that you can buy the stand with confidence, knowing that it will be suitable for a young cellist as well as an adult singer.

Sixteen of the Alto stands can be safely stored on the RAT88Q04 Trolley. Absolutely perfect for schools and colleges.

 

Here at Normans Musical Instruments, when it comes to music stands, we epitomise the famous words of Adam and the Ants,

‘Stands, we deliver, it’s your money it’s our Life’

About the author

Nick joined the Normans Sales Team after a musical career spanning 35 years; firstly as a principal trombonist in Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band Service for 24 years, performing around the UK and worldwide, including on the Royal Yacht Britannia, and then within the education sector teaching GCSE and A Level Music and Music Technology. He is a keen Big Band, Jazz performer and Hi-Fi enthusiast.

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