Product review: Having your double bass or cello set up and within grasp greatly increases the chance that you will pick it up and play. However, most people don’t want their precious instrument lying around on the floor. Nor do they want to set it up and put it back in its case every time they play. This can be a deterrent, not to mention a waste of time. So, today we are going to run through some of the stands we like to use. The most important thing to consider when choosing a stand is recognising what best suits your lifestyle. This range caters for all types.
First off is the Black Steel stand. Appropriate for both double bass and cello, this is a heavy duty stand that easily folds down into a neat compact bundle for transportation. It is excellent for the Rabbath style endpin as the angle provides stability. However, for straight endpins, the cup can be a little tricky to find. The arms do not grip the bass, so if you have pets or young children running around you may want to look at something a bit more secure. But if you are after convenience, this is our favourite stand for easy access.
Second is the Black Tubular stand. This stand has a cup at the bottom like the Black Steel and Christopher, however it only works for cellos making it inappropriate for the angled endpins. However, the grip of the arms give a much sturdier platform for those using straight endpins. Similar to the Black Steel, it also folds up, though not quite as easily. Overall, this is probably the best choice for straight endpin players, due to the ease of access and increased stability.
Third is the Christopher stand. This is the best option for stability with an angled endpin. The arms are adjustable and push down to firmly grip the bass so there is no chance of it being knocked out. Similar to the Black Steel, it is light, compact, and folds down well. But again, the cup can be tricky for those using a straight endpin.
Last we have the Box Stand. This is by far the most sturdy but also the least convenient as the endpin needs to be taken out/put in each time you use your bass. Great for display though!
So, at a quick glance. The most convenient for angled endpins is the Black Steel. The best for straight endpins is the Black Tubular. The most stable for bent endpins is the Christopher. And the best for display is the Box Stand.
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