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After about 20 years, I think its time to retire my original Apex keyboard stand. It has worked well but I see many people online talking about the K&M Spider being much better and worth the additional cost. I'm not sure whether I should get a new Apex or a Spider. I typically use 2 keyboards and the connected mic stand on my apex.

 

Does anybody have experience with both who would could give me some opinions? I can't find the Spider anywhere local so it would have to be purchased online without seeing it.

 

Thanks!

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I had an Apex for 20+ years. Moved to a Spider 5 years ago and would never go back. Tilt top tier, adjustable arm lengths, gobs of room under stand for pedals, boom arm right on top, black or silver your choice, much more room and stagger possible between keyboards (or not if you prefer), looks great. Worth every penny. My 2 pennys worth... Mark
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I have never had an issue, but that mic connection (it's in the plastic top piece) looks like it's ready to break before you've ever used it. I never really tighten the mic mount very snug to it. I use one of those goosenecks about 20" long, so you can bend into any shape.

 

I believe that a while back I saw someone post about mounting a more secure connection on the top, but I can't find it.

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Replace the donut like o-ring on the top threaded bolt with a flat washer and then a C-clip around the last thread at the bottom. Much better. Be SURE to hold on to the threaded post when you take off the oring or it will slip into the stand and you have to fish it out!
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Same here, moving to the Spider Pro a few years ago (on my second one now) after decades of using the Apex stands has been a joy, imo it's much better. More stable, better looking, tilted upper tier, nothing getting in the way of your pedals, very cool looking on stage. My favorite advantage I think is the way the arms are part of the unit and fold right back into it, rather than having to detach and re-attach them every time, store them inside the column and fish them out as with the Apex, plus eventually the top lid inevitably breaks off and then you have to carry the arms in your gig bag instead. The cable clips break off eventually too, never has happened on my Spider. Easier to adjust the tier heights and they stay level as you move them.

 

Now, I think it was me being referred to above, I did have problems with two of the boom mic attachments, they or the mechanism that holds them, broke on me pretty quickly; and given my love of the stand overall, I just gave up and resigned to using a separate boom mic stand, the Hercules is excellent I think, doesn't add to my stage footprint or get in the way of anything (with its tripod stand rather than the circular weight) and the squeeze-trigger for adjusting the height is really clever I think.

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Does anybody have the Spider's Laptop stand accessory? Would it be usable as a 3rd tier for something like a SH-101 or SH-01 Gaia etc.... If you wanted to try it. I also need to see how it would work with a pedalcase.

 

Use two different rigs with each band.... have some gigs where I have to open for myself this summer. This should be interesting.

 

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Defintely. They are outdoor tent gigs. Might bring 3 or 4 shirts depending on the temps and humidity.

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Great thread! Wanted to ask the same.

 

So Spider is better than Apex. Check!

 

1. Is the Spider stable enough for a PC3X or any heavier 88-note weighted board?

 

2. Got some gigs where I play standing.

Since I´m relatively tall, problem was always that X-stands were too short. When I use my two tier Quik-Lok (stable as hell) I have to put the PC3X on top of its flight case to get a comfortable height. It works totally OK, but looks terrible on stage.

So, if I were to use the Spider when playing standing, I would have rise the lower tier pretty high up, might not even have room for the 2nd tier but that´s OK.

So the question is if the lower tier is set pretty high and since the stand is tilting forward by nature, will the playing position be a bit akward and/or the legs of the Spider get in the way of my feet?

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I've gone thru 3 SpiderPros over the years. One I left behind when I kinda emigrated. Next one died thru fatigue with the Alu bending at a leg joint. Next one still works but my custom rack is better.

 

Nice looking, light, small things but when I got the Stage2, it was just a couple of inches short. Think they're great, though. The mic thread did fail on my last one so repaired it with bits of mic stands.

 

Apex doesn't compare.

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The biggest selling point for me on the Spider Pro over another Apex is the space under your feet. Standing play or seated play, I've always hated that I can't place my pedals where I need them to be with the Apex. They have to be either in front or behind the feet that go left and right of the tube. So the feet on the Spider being off the ground in the center is major. They've also improved the design with a larger and easier to turn locking mechanism on the movable brackets.

 

I also have the table type 18810 with the second tier attachments, the laptop arm, and the sheet music arm. As well as one of their Mic stands. I couldn't be happier. The build quality and design is excellent.

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OK. I've seen the light.:idea:

 

This is a pretty cool stand.

 

http://www.simonevignola.net/test/foto3.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

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Ref the tall guy playing standing up, I am 6'2" and play standing up always the Spider Pro with 2 73ish key boards, and have still about 4 or 5 inches of space left above top board position.

 

True, my boards aren't the heaviest (Electro 3 and Jupiter 50), but I have never had a problem; but, then again, I am easy on equipment too, which can't hurt.

 

Paul

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OK. I've seen the light.:idea:

 

This is a pretty cool stand.

 

http://www.simonevignola.net/test/foto3.jpg

 

OK, let´s say I place my PC3X about the same height (probably a little lower) as the 2nd keyboard in this picture albeit not angled, as it would be my 1st tier. Would I get too close to the legs?

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OK, let´s say I place my PC3X about the same height (probably a little lower) as the 2nd keyboard in this picture albeit not angled, as it would be my 1st tier. Would I get too close to the legs?

 

Standing or seated playing?

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ITGITC ... ? .. I have 3 boards also .. PC1x, and then (new style) cx-3 that I place a nord lead 2 on top of (double tier x-stand) .. did you just order another set of arms to get you 3 tiers on the spider ?? - thanks !!

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My only potential criticism of the Spider is that it supports the keyboard weight near the center of the board. That means if I get carried away pounding low or high (as is sometimes the case when doing APs on an 88-key rig), you can get a few inches of up-and-down motion.

 

Nothing too extreme, and the board is in no danger of flying off -- but it can be a bit concerning when it happens.

 

Other than that, love the stand.

Life is too short to be playing bad music.

 

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I wonder if a 24"x 16" pedalboard would slide between the two legs.

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So can a auto Mechanic." - Stokes Hunt

 

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OK, let´s say I place my PC3X about the same height (probably a little lower) as the 2nd keyboard in this picture albeit not angled, as it would be my 1st tier. Would I get too close to the legs?

 

Standing or seated playing?

 

Standing

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No, I don't think so. If you look at the recent picture above. This particular player has placed his pedals in what I presume is the ideal spot for him and it's clearly in front of the legs. There is empty space between the Spider's legs and the main tube is deep under the lowest tier board.

 

Seated, it's definitely and improvement over the standard Apex design, but not near as roomy or as much free space as a table stand or A frame (which I don't see often anymore).

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No, I don't think so. If you look at the recent picture above. This particular player has placed his pedals in what I presume is the ideal spot for him and it's clearly in front of the legs. There is empty space between the Spider's legs and the main tube is deep under the lowest tier board.

 

Seated, it's definitely and improvement over the standard Apex design, but not near as roomy or as much free space as a table stand or A frame (which I don't see often anymore).

 

Agreed.

 

But since I would have my first tier about where the second tier is in the picture and the stand is tilted forward, I would get closer to the legs. Question if I will get too close

 

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

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