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#2989709 - 05/15/19 11:08 AM Keyboard stand recommendations
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Hi Everyone,

I plan to own an 88-key midi controller which will control software tools like Reason 10 (used for the synths) and Cubase (used for recording) and on top of the above an 88-key top-shelf synth. Right now, I have a table which is only one tier meaning everything is on the same level with the computer keyboard sitting close to the edge of the desk and the MIDI controller sitting between the computer keyboard and computer monitor. I chose this setup to shorten my travel path between interacting with short-cuts on the computer keyboard and playing on the MIDI controller. It sounds great until you constantly hit keyboard shortcuts with your forearms as you play.

I decided I am going to buy a keyboard stand but plan for the future rather than worry about the dinky MIDI controller I have now. I have been looking at the Hercules Z-style 2-tier stand. Looks super solid in my opinion and the angle of the top tier brings the keyboards closer together which I believe I will enjoy over two parallel tiers.

Thoughts?, probably canít go wrong here but I wanted opinions.

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#2989728 - 05/15/19 12:23 PM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: No Name]
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I'm looking at the Knox Gear stand and the Plixio Stand I like their
design but would have to do some work to get them to suit my needs.
the cross bar attachment points look weak, needs gussets and it doesn't
extend wide enough, would have to add to the outer tube.
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#2989758 - 05/15/19 03:48 PM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: Throbert]
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Asked many times here; would be good for you to read the sticky threads at the top, especially the one about the best way to search the forum.

That said, my answer to this question every time is the On-Stage KS-7365EN heavy duty 2-tier Z stand.

Enjoy!
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#2989759 - 05/15/19 03:56 PM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: Sven Golly]
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Originally Posted By: Sven Golly
Asked many times here; would be good for you to read the sticky threads at the top, especially the one about the best way to search the forum.

That said, my answer to this question every time is the On-Stage KS-7365EN heavy duty 2-tier Z stand.

Enjoy!


Get the case for it, though. Because without it, it's a pain in the ass.

On second thought, it's still a pain in the ass. But it's still a great stand and built like a brick house...after all the stupid rubber stoppers fall off.
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#2989766 - 05/15/19 05:16 PM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: Dreamchilde]
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Originally Posted By: Dreamchilde
Originally Posted By: Sven Golly
Asked many times here; would be good for you to read the sticky threads at the top, especially the one about the best way to search the forum.

That said, my answer to this question every time is the On-Stage KS-7365EN heavy duty 2-tier Z stand.

Enjoy!


Get the case for it, though. Because without it, it's a pain in the ass.

On second thought, it's still a pain in the ass. But it's still a great stand and built like a brick house...after all the stupid rubber stoppers fall off.

+1 for this stand.

Not sure if you plan to transport, but the PITA is mitigated somewhat if you have enough room in your vehicle to leave the bottom portion assembled. Remove the two upper-tier arms and then fold over the lower tier. A little awkward to carry, but not too bad.

Iíve had this stand for close to ten years and itís still rock solid.
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#2989809 - 05/16/19 04:47 AM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: Dreamchilde]
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Originally Posted By: Dreamchilde
Originally Posted By: Sven Golly
my answer to this question every time is the On-Stage KS-7365EN heavy duty 2-tier Z stand.

Enjoy!


Get the case for it, though. Because without it, it's a pain in the ass.

On second thought, it's still a pain in the ass. But it's still a great stand and built like a brick house...after all the stupid rubber stoppers fall off.


Oh, I have that to look forward to? facepalm

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#2989852 - 05/16/19 10:16 AM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: No Name]
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Originally Posted By: No Name
I have been looking at the Hercules Z-style 2-tier stand. Looks super solid in my opinion and the angle of the top tier brings the keyboards closer together which I believe I will enjoy over two parallel tiers.

Thoughts?, probably canít go wrong here but I wanted opinions.


I prefer the Hercules Z over the On Stage Z because the levers/tabs are easier than knobs on my arthritic thumbs!
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#2989855 - 05/16/19 10:38 AM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: drawback]
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I can't seem to find the On-Stage KS-7365EN anywhere - has it been superseded by the On-Stage KS-7365EJ?

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#2989856 - 05/16/19 10:46 AM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: drawback]
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Originally Posted By: drawback
Originally Posted By: No Name
I have been looking at the Hercules Z-style 2-tier stand. Looks super solid in my opinion and the angle of the top tier brings the keyboards closer together which I believe I will enjoy over two parallel tiers.

Thoughts?, probably canít go wrong here but I wanted opinions.


I prefer the Hercules Z over the On Stage Z because the levers/tabs are easier than knobs on my arthritic thumbs!


Man, I wish I knew about the Hercules. That looks like so less of a hassle compared to the On Stage.
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#2989857 - 05/16/19 10:48 AM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: Zadillo]
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The famed X-stand...

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#2989862 - 05/16/19 11:09 AM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: Delaware Dave]
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I have this On-Stage 2-tier stand that they no longer make, and I don't know the model # as I removed the sticker a long time ago. The upper tier is completely non-adjustable and non-tilted. Its construction is dead simple (all beams/bars are welded or riveted together), so there are not many parts, knobs, or screws that can break off and become lost.

Bought it around 2003/04, I think it was well under $100, and it's lasted me a damn long time. I searched and searched for it, but not even a legacy record of it ever having existed on the internet.



^^^^^
This current offering from On-Stage (a "workbench" for DJs or home studios) is similar to my stand, except it doesn't have any flat surface boards on it... But the way the "Z" faces on this stand is the same as mine, with the leg-ends facing away from you instead of toward you... and the slanted beams holding the whole thing up slanting toward you instead of away from you. The only other real difference is that this workbench has "double braced" beams, whereas mine is single. The bars that hold the keyboards up are "in line" as compared with typical Z-stands where the lower bars are wider. As a result, the whole stand is not as wide as typical Z stands.

It is still going strong after all these years, and I used to pile two 45+ pound board on that thing for YEARS at a time. Nothing has ever come loose, nothing ever breaks. And it's considerably lightweight compared to other Z stands.
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#2989894 - 05/16/19 01:57 PM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: synthizen2]
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Edited by Throbert (05/16/19 02:20 PM)
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#2989895 - 05/16/19 02:01 PM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: Zadillo]
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Originally Posted By: Zadillo
I can't seem to find the On-Stage KS-7365EN anywhere - has it been superseded by the On-Stage KS-7365EJ?



Apologies, that was a typo on my part, it's the EJ.
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#2989953 - 05/17/19 04:11 AM Re: Keyboard stand recommendations [Re: No Name]
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$10 fine.
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