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46 of 47 found the following review helpful:
Built-in storage shelf is very handy... Jul 19, 2009
By Victor H. Agresti
Manhasset MH5001 Orchestra Stand
This was my second Manhasset Orchestra Stand, but my other one is the standard model - which lacks the accessory shelf. I also use a Manhasset Voyager stand for rehearsals and gigs, since it's portable. Prior to this stand, I've used the plastic Manhasset slide-on shelf to hold accessories. (E.g., pencil, tuner, valve oil; I play trumpet.) This stand, also called the M50, is better, since the built-in storage shelf is part of the stand itself. The shelf is plenty high, deep, wide and strong.
These professional caliber Orchestra Stands are sturdy but weigh only a few pounds. They have steel legs and shaft and use stiff sheet-aluminum for the large music and accessory shelves. The rivets and powder coat are flawless. It will hold a 2" thick pile of music without the tray sliding down or the shelf angle changing - even at full height. (Do NOT oil any part of this stand.) You can pencil annotations to the music with minimal stand wobbling.
By holding one of the legs down with your foot, you can adjust height and shelf angle with one hand, since there are no knobs to loosen/tighten. This is a decided advantage over stands with a tightening knob, when you need to stand to play at a gig, or, you're just in a hurry. Maximum height is just over 48" to the bottom of the shelf (61" to the top) which is sufficiently high even for a tall player (I'm 6/4).
Although I'd recommend a Manhasset Voyager (folding) as a carry-around stand, I know several players that carry the standard Manhasset Orchestra stand with them in their car trunk.
The stand's interior holding mechanism is replaceable should it wear out; however, my original Manhasset Orchestra Stand is 25+ years old, is used almost every day, and except for where it's been scratched, it works as well as the day it was new.
These Manhasset Orchestra stands are also stable when playing outside on grass since the feet are so large. They have a professional look which works well in a stage/formal setting. The aluminum shelf does not have bent-over edges, which allows music/wind clips, stand lights, or virtually any other accessory, to be easily attached. The stand comes in three pieces and it only takes about 2 minutes to put it together once you gather the tools (flat screw-driver and open-end or adjustable wrench). I also bought the Manhasset Floor Protectors, which are much better than they were 10 years ago.
23 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Sturdy, Holds a Lot of Music, Looks Great, and Pencils Don't Get Lost Sep 26, 2009
By E. Karr
After you use a Manhasset, you'll never want another stand. They last forever and are so easy use. To adjust the height, you just hold it down with your foot and pull up the top half. It works for kids and adults. It looks classy and has lots of room for books and music, not to mention the fact that the solid backing allows you to write on your music. They do need a little more room when taking them in the car and a little heavier than a fold-up stand, but it is WELL worth it because they are sturdy and won't get blown over by the wind if you play outdoors. I can leave 5 books on it at the same time, which you can't do with fold-up stands. And its sturdiness allows you to clip a light on it for playing in poorly lit locations. Every orchestra, music group, and band I've been in uses Manhasset stands.
This particular model gets a good inch and a half shelf for pencils and erasers so they don't get lost under your music sheets/books. The pencil shelf is fairly roomy so that I can even fit my metronome and tuner on it. But be careful when moving your stand around because it has a slick coating on it (to prevent rust?) and your pencils will easily slide off when you tilt it!
Many of my students have fold-up stands which have two, three, or even four screwy adjusting pins and joints. These moving parts tend to break, and the stand falls over. Sometimes the screws stop working, and the stand doesn't stay up. However, it is a bit heavier, about 2 pounds, so may be harder for kids to carry. It also take more space (3 1/2 feet lengthwise with the top part folded down backwards). Still, you can fit it easily in the trunk with your instruments.
The only thing to remember is to make sure that you tighten the screw on the bottom when you put it together (it arrives in separate pieces in a box), or it will wobble around. But in general, it is easy to put together (you just need a wrench) and takes about 2 minutes.
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Even after all this time, Manhasset is not obsolete! Nov 02, 2011
By Yafa Shello
I've been a musician for over twenty years now, and have had just about every accessory known to man. Nothing has been more important to me (other than having a good instrument) than having a good stand. Manhasset is the only brand of stand that I would ever choose for myself, or for my students.
The stand arrived carefully packed, and was easy to put together without fancy tools. It had been a while since I put one together, so I went over to youtube to look for a setup video. Thankfully, there was one. Setup was literally five minutes, once I opened the box, and laid the pieces out neatly. The instructions were clear and easy, but nothing tops actually watching someone put something together before your eyes.
Over the years, I've used many stands. Everything from super cheap metal portables (the fold ups), to stands far more expensive than even the Manhassets. No matter what I use, however, I keep coming back to the Manhasset Orchestral. With this stand, it is very easy to change levels while playing, with just the touch of a finger. There are no knobs to turn, no switches to flick, and no need to balance your horn on your lap (or lay it on a dirty floor) to do a two-handed level change.
You don't know how many times I've seen someone place their horn next to them "just for a second" to make an adjustment of some sort, only to find that their neighbor has stepped on, sat on, bumped, or harmfully jostled a very expensive instrument. This stand is a little bit more than your average fold up stand, but I promise you, on ALL levels, this one is WORTH IT!
The extra lip on the Orchestral stand is well worth the extra few bucks. It's great for holding tuners, pencils, clips, rosin, bows, valve oils, or any other little accessories that we tend to accumulate over the years.
This stand goes above and beyond all others in both quality and performance. Manhasset Specialty has been making music stands since 1935. The fact that they are still used in most schools is both a compliment, and a testament to their longevity. There's a reason why, in this disposable society, this company is still making stands the same way, for nearly a century.
Get this stand. You'll only be sorry if you don't.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Great quality Mar 23, 2012
I sing and play in a gospel quartet and we have been looking for this stand for a long time. I have purchased other stands in search for quality, durability, and cost. I finally found what we were looking for all along in this stand. It is of durable quality, the extension tension is just right for writing notes in the music without it collapsing and yet easily extended. We have tried others (some that cost more) and none meet the overall usability and construction of this stand. The extra shelf is a big plus for pencils, cell phones, etc. Although this stand does not fold for portability, it is easily done so by taking an 11/16 inch wrench and removing one bolt in the base, then reassembling it when you get to your destination. This can be done in about the same 20 seconds it takes to fold a folding stand and you have a much sturdier stand to work with. Finally, one of the biggest selling points for me was that it is made in the USA! Go gett'em Manhasset!
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Nearly perfect music stand Dec 11, 2011
To be fair, the only other music stand I have used is a collapsible one. This Manhasset Orchestra Stand is stellar. It is well made and holds books with no issues. It is super sturdy and adjusts in height perfectly for where I need it to play the fiddle (I am about 5'7"). The shelf below the music holder part is perfect for tuners, mutes, rosin, pencils, all sorts of music necessities. I do wish this stand had something to hold a newer music book open (though a clothespin has been doing the trick thus far). Also, it is not travel friendly. Works perfectly for staying in one location.
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