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Hercules DS432B TravLite In-Bell Tenor Saxophone Stand
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- Brand: HERCULES STANDS
- TravLite? In-Bell Tenor Saxophone stand folds up compactly to fit inside the bell of your instrument
- Takes up no extra space in your instrument case
- Compact and Stable
- Adjustable Yoke
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Hercules DS432B Travlite Tenor Saxophone Stand
The Hercules TravLite Tenor Saxophone Stand DS432B folds easily and compactly and stores inside the bell of the instrument; velvet pads protect the instrument. The lightweight design is easy to set up and provides a strong, stable base for the instrument. The compact in bell design allows for the stand to store safely in the bell of the instrument taking up no space inside the instrument case.
The Hercules TravLite In-Bell Tenor Saxophone stand folds up compactly to fit inside the bell of your instrument. It takes up no extra space in your instrument case and is compact and stable. An adjustable Yoke Velvet bag is included for better protection and easier access. Height: 13. 8 " Folded size: 13. 3? x 3. 0 "
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This surprises me - I ordered it last of the 3, as I didn't like how it looks in the pictures.
The K&M Saxxy stand problem is that it "grabs" the bell too "grippily" and you can't pick up the sax without holding your other hand on the stand, or it comes up from the floor. *Maybe if I _took off_ the rubber side protectors?* (Or lubricated them?) I would not have _thought_ that this would be an issue - but - I find it _really annoying_ to pick the horn up and always have a stand stuck to the bell... IJS...
The Hercules DS432B Travlite Tenor Sax ST problem is that it feels "wobbly", it has too much "side-to-side" play where the "top arm" fits into the base unit. I think the *design* _could have_ been good if the base/hinge unit had been made of metal and made "tighter" to the "top arm" so that it didn't wobble side to side. I think it may _BE_ secure but it sure doesn't _FEEL_ secure when it wobbles.
The LA Sax one (caveat: I have the alto of the LA Sax, the Tenor of the other 2 - but I've ordered the Tenor of the LA Sax, I'll update if my opinion changes) is odd with it's sliding design and arms that stick straight out - I find I have to put it in "upside down" from what seems logical - but - in reality by experience - it acts more like a normal solid sax stand than EITHER of the others.
So... to my SURPRISE ... even though the K&M is "coolest" and most "aesthetic" in concept; and the Hercules is "sound in principal, only flawed in materials and tolerances... the LA Sax on turns out to work best... of the ones I can fit in the bell.
Now, ALL of them are "borderline" for "fitting in bells" - I have to twist and turn gently, figure out which end goes up... but they WORK!
Update: Played with it and I found that I could fold up a dollar bill and jam it in the sides of where the bottom of the upright fits into the hinge-base, jamming a dollar bill (so that it is 4-thick on both sides of the arm) basically makes it more stable (a reed would work fine, too, as a shim in there...). It feels *much* more stable with a dollar bill (or an old reed) taking away the "looseness". But of course, it shouldn't need something like that...
This stand is trying to basically be a "regular stand" - the other 2 are "odd" designs" - and, it is the CHEAPEST one...
I'm _almost_ willing to up it to 4 stars given that it is the cheapest one... but...
Other than this glaring problem, I like the stand quite a bit. Its light weight and small size being the best features. I now just store it in my backpack along with my other accessories and hardly feel the extra weight.
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But how does it work as a stand - as that is what it is for?
All in all quite good and stable, but the compromise to get it into the bell shows in the curved arms that hold the sax on the stand.
These are quite thin and don't open out quite far enough when deployed. This means that often the stand is still attached to the saxophone when you pick it up. Not a deal-breaker, but can be a little inconvenient.
Otherwise a really well designed and engineered product.
Only 4 stars, as it doesn't quite deliver on its main function