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The Best Music Stands - Folding, Portable, Collapsible, & Accessories

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Pros
Cons
Best of the Best
On-Stage
SM7211B
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When people think of music stands, this is the exact model they're generally thinking of. Seen in churches, schools, studios, & auditoriums nationwide.
Pros
Nearly indestructible. Rolled edges on the bookplate for safety. Easy to use tension knobs. Can extend to 45" in height.
Cons
Not as portable as other models. Best used if it will be left in one location, unless you don't mind toting it around.
Best Bang for the Buck
Hamilton
Traveler II
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An extremely tough stand designed with portability in mind. Perfect for the student or mobile music teacher, weighing only 6-8 lbs in the bag.
Pros
Reinforced ribbing to prevent bending while traveling. Comes with perfectly sized bag with shoulder strap & zipper pockets. Magnets will stick to it.
Cons
It's possible for those not paying attention to over-tighten the tension knobs and strip them out over time.
Best Budget Pick
ChromaCast
CC-MSTAND-KIT-1
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Among the most durable of the wire stands available, this light weight & portable model is attractive for its low cost & convenience-factor.
Pros
Comes with a travel bag & book light. Includes spring arms to hold paper in place. Collapses to a very small size. The bag itself can easily fit into a larger bag.
Cons
Best used in areas with no air drafts, since wind can pass through the bookplate & blow your papers around. Not for huge & heavy books.

Every single musician, or should I say instrumentalist, will end up buying more than one music stand. We all know how it goes... at first, we don't look to find the best music stand, just the cheapest one we can get away with. Then we learn our lesson...

TL;DR - Best Budget Pick: ChromaCast MStand - Best Overall: On-Stage SM7211B