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150 of 164 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an okay stand, but it leans, September 18, 2011
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This is a nice enough stand for $20. Assembly is easy. (There were no assembly instructions, but I cannot imagine how anybody could not understand how to assemble the stand. Assembly amounts to putting two bolts through two holes to attach the desk to the pole.) The tripod legs open easily and are held in place by a simple, secure clip. No tightening required. The rotating collar that tightens the extended pole works well and is not fussy. The desk is solid and is easy to adjust to different tilt angles using the hand-tightened bolts on back. My only complaint is about the mechanism that tightens the tripod base to the pole. The tightening is easy enough: a large diameter bolt with a plastic handle turns fairly easily into the hole on the plastic tripod base and tightens against the upright pole. One could conceivably strip the threads in the plastic base, but it is unlikely: there is no reason to tighten the bolt hard enough to do that. My complaint is that the bushing between the pole and the tripod base is not tight enough. As a result, when one tightens the bolt in the base, the upright pole tilts. This gives the desk a bit of a tilt. Not a huge tilt, and the stand is not in danger of falling over, but the tilt is definitely noticeable. This is a very dumb oversight in the design. I won't return the stand, because it works well enough for my purposes. But the tilt is the reason that I give the stand a rating of only 3, not 4.
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Initial post: Oct 16, 2012 1:32:49 PM PDT
Totally agree with this comment. The stand does have this weird tilt, but is a nice stand for the price.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 7:06:18 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 25, 2013 6:44:31 PM PST
A little over a year after purchasing this stand, I notice that the rivets that hold the desk to its bracket have gotten loose. As a result, the desk wobbles a bit. At some point, I'll either figure out a way to tighten the rivets, or I'll replace them with some kind of screw & nut. The desk should have been welded, not riveted, to the bracket that holds it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2015 10:15:14 AM PST
Bill says:
I just bought this stand. The reason it tilts is that each of the tripod legs adjusts independently of one another, which is a very handy feature. One simply needs to adjust each leg so that the stand does not tilt. It's very simple.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2015 12:54:35 PM PST
Nope. That's not really true. There is no adjustment of the legs. It is true that each leg opens up in its own little hinge mechanism, and that these are independent of each other, and that if the legs are opened in different amounts, that could be used to cause the stand to tilt or not tilt. But there is no locking mechanism to keep the legs opened less than all the way open. The legs open up until they hit a stop. If you open the leg less than all of the way, there may be enough friction in the hinge to keep the leg in that position for awhile. But at any point if you put weight on the music stand, it will cause the leg to open up the rest of the way. The tilting that I described in my review is caused by a loose bushing at the bottom of the main shaft.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 12:47:21 PM PDT
SiteReader says:
"I cannot imagine how anybody could not understand how to assemble the stand." This is a comment better left unstated. There is wide variation in human mechanical aptitudes and geometric abilities, and it is not productive to implicitly dismiss another reviewer on such grounds. Otherwise your observations are useful.
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