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This stand seems to be sturdy enough for playing parallel octaves, long glissandi, ffff palm clusters, elbow stops on the keyboard etc. Triangular structures ensure sturdiness in left-right and forth-back directions. It has 3-tier version too. Did anybody try this thing?
From a review on amazon.ca (one of the few neutral-to-negative reviews online):
. . . The design relies on the keyboards to help provide stability. On a solid surface it's very stable. Unfortunately, I'm usually on risers and the slightest bit of motion really sets this stand rocking. Much more so than x stands I've used. . . .
I was looking at the design from a kinematics standpoint -- he's right. Only the weight of the keyboards prevents the arms (on which the keyboards rest) from moving left and right. One other review suggests attaching heavy-duty Velcro to the keyboards and arms -- that should help a lot.
. Charles --------------------------- PX-350 / microKorg XL+ / Pianoteq
I think this stand can be applied for a sitting player. The arms (on which the keyboards rest) seem to be height and angle adjustable.
Thanks for the Velcro suggestion.
What is unique in this stand from the kinematics point of view, the sturdy triangles are applied in both left-right and forward-backward directions. I did not see this in other stands, so this stand seems to be the best for a pianist.
All those videos are older. The concerts I've been to in the past 5 years or what I've seen on Youtube, the keyboardist plays standing up. But then, they aren't playing things like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Tony Banks, etc., either.
If you faint in sheer terror or if your legs begin to shake uncontrollably, it's probably better if you're sitting down, or even lying down. Nowadays, health and safety is taken much more seriously than you'd have believed possible in the old days. Also comfort. I used to fall back on beer crates if they could be found.
A story: I recently sat in with the wedding band at my son's wedding. After I jumped up on stage and went behind the keyboards, I found that they were set up for playing while standing, but the keyboard player was quite a few inches shorter than me! I played the tune with slightly bent knees. Adrenalin plus the fact that I played one tune only made it no big deal.
I would never EVER stand while playing piano or any other keyboards.
Agreed. In standing position one can scarcely use pedals. There can even be a need to apply more than 2 pedals. But, according to what I found in reviews (I still do not have it), the stand in question can be adjusted for playing, in a sitting position, on 2 or 3 keyboards.