Sheet music stands are a dime a dozen – just look online and see how many different types are available. This can make it hard to narrow down to one – how do you know what to look for when they look more or less the same? Fortunately, there are certain things that will tell you that you are getting a good music stand. The first is the weight of the stand – you don’t want to get a stand that is so heavy that you cannot carry it around with ease, but at the same time you don’t want one that is so light that it can tip over easily. If you are buying directly from a shop lift the stand to see how heavy it is but if you are buying online you can check manufacturer specs for weight.
The other important thing to look into is how small it becomes once it is folded – you want one that folds into a small package so that it is easy to carry around. Good online vendors usually have pictures of the stand when it is set up and also when it is deconstructed.
A good stand is adjustable and you can use it when you are sitting and also when you are standing. The arm should be able to swivel so that you can adjust it to your convenience. Its legs should be constructed in such a way that it stands firmly on the ground otherwise it will tip over at the slightest disturbance. Lastly, choose a stand that is made out of a lasting material by a renowned manufacturer.
One who comes recommended is RatStands. Although they are located in the UK they are able to ship stands around the world – in fact they have been doing it for more than 40 years.