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Sorry, channeling SNL there for a second ... laugh Is it just me, or are most travel stands for portable / stage pianos too high, even at their lowest settings?

For context, it's my understanding that most acoustic pianos have a height (top of white keys to floor) of something in the range of 28-29". My Roland DP-603 and previous FP-30 had that with their respective console stands. But most travel stands I see would result in something quite a bit higher than that 28-29" range. I really had to hunt around to find something for my new RD-2000 that will get me where I want to be.

Why does it matter? Well, I'm not overly tall, so if I adjust my bench to the height most stands, I'd be sitting with my feet barely touching the damn floor, or at least not comfortably. It would also screw up my pedaling technique. If instead I adjust my technique, then I feel like I'm reaching up too much, unable to get the ideal "forearms roughly parallel to the floor" ergonomics.

So seriously. Has anyone else noticed this? Or is it just me? It's okay if it is! shocked

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Hello,

I have a Roland FP-10 on a cheap but sturdy Stagg M-type (a.k.a. table type) stand. K&M (and other nameless/in-house brands) have a similar model.

So out of curiosity I just took the measurement: exactly 28.5" from floor to top of white keys. This stand has continuous height adjustment on each of its four legs. I have it in its lowest position.

So, if the RD2000 isn't significantly thicker from its bottom to the top of its white keys, you should be able to get a similar result.

Cheers and happy height adjustments,

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I bought a QuikLok Monolith stand years ago and it was too high in its lowest setting. I really like that stand because it's well constructed and folds flat.

I took it to a metal shop to have the arm supports shortened. I forget what that cost was but it couldn't have cost much.

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Time to spend some money on a stable, fully adjustable, and rock-solid stand such as a K&M Spider Pro stand. I have owned all types, and never regretted this purchase.

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Yes , I agree. I have a number of stands which I've had to modify to get the keybed height low enough. The ones with pegged holes, I sometimes have to lower the legs to rest on the feet which are below the lowest peg slots, or cut the leg lengths shorter. It seems to be a problem because many of them seem to be designed for synths, and stand up gigging, or not designed to take into account the height of weighted actions, which have deeper casings from the keybed to the base. I only use table or Z frame these days, which are all reliant on slot design. The X frames of course don't have that issue, but the weight of the keyboard can be a problem if the leverage is too big on a low setting. Of course the Spiders are another solution, but not that stable for heavy digital pianos.

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Glad it's not just me! laugh Today I received my On-Stage Stands WS8550 Heavy-Duty Large-format T-Stand from Sweetwater, and at its lowest setting, it's just right, putting the tops of the white keys on my RD-2000 at almost exactly 28 1/2". Phew!

As per DJ above, I've also wondered if it was a synth and/or standing thing. I suppose we pianists forget that there are keyboard players out there that like to dance around while they hold down those 80s synth string sounds! laugh


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