Most musicians who perform on a regular basis find themselves needing a music stand that they can carry with them.  If they take the typical “wire” music stand, there’s a great chance that it won’t support the music, will blow over, or won’t have the reach necessary to suit their performance needs. 

If they carry a “Manhasset” music stand, they will have plenty of stability, height adjustment, and control.  BUT, the Manhasset stands are heavy, impossible to carry as they do NOT fold down and take up a large amount of space in the backseat or trunk of a car.

There have been many attempts to create a “workable” portable music stand, but most are either too lightweight or just don’t hold up over time.  Knobs break off, screws get stripped, legs break off, weakening joints on the actual table portion of the stand won’t allow it to stay in a leaning position making music come tumbling down to the ground, or they just blow over in a heavy gust because of a small base.  Trust me, it’s no fun chasing 5 pages of music around when you SHOULD be playing what’s on them.  It’s embarrassing, and it’s extremely frustrating.

After doing a lot of searching, looking, trying out, and dealing with the frustrations listed above (yes I’ve chased sheets down the street in gusty winds) I have come across the Porta-Stand.  It’s design is lightweight, yet sturdy.  They’ve figured out how to make the stand extremely portable, yet heavy duty enough that it won’t blow over, allow pages to launch like a NASA space shuttle, or be overly cumbersome to carry.

If you are a fellow performing musician that has enough to carry to a job just in the way of equipment and need a stand solution, this is THE way to go!  They have multiple sizes, and even offer deluxe packages that include extensions (for those really long charts), lights, and cordura bag that holds music folders!

Source by Keith Fiala