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Hercules DS530B Alto/Tenor Saxophone Stand
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- Brand: HERCULES STANDS
- Holds your Alto/Tenor saxophone securely on the stand
- Adjustable backrest accommodates both Alto and Tenor sax
- 2 extra peg holes on the legs lets you store other instruments without using extra floorspace
- Swivel Legs fit around other equipment
- Weight: 1. 1 kg (2. 3lbs)
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The Folding Yoke holds your Alto/Tenor saxophone securely on the stand and the adjustable backrest accommodates both Alto and Tenor sax. There are 2 extra peg holes on the legs, allowing you store other instruments without using extra floor space (see available pegs) Swivel Legs fit around other equipment. Weight: 1. 1 kg (2. 3lbs)
Folded size: 310x140mm (12. 2x5. 5 ")
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Note this would not be an issue with most modern saxes; they angle the bell slightly to the right so that when you rest the horn against your right hip the bell still faces out front center. For these, the rotated yoke is probably a perfect fit.
Initially, however, I didn't know this, so I wondered if it might have been a manufacturing defect. I wrote to customer support, who relayed this message back from the factory: "When we developed this stand, we took several saxophone bells from main brands in the market to test and found their bells are not parallel, so we designed our yoke as what it is now." They also recommended the DS630BB model, which has a different ("auto-grip") yoke design.
It's still a real good stand, tho, maybe the best one on the market, so I'll probably keep it and try to find something to bulk up the right yoke prong with to bring its height up a little (a couple inches of 3/4" vinyl tubing, maybe, or foam water pipe insulation).
Tip: The small lower brace can be adjusted up or down, but if you're only ever using it with one sax, loop a couple rubber band or wire ties around the vertical shaft above and below it and it will always flip down to meet the body of the sax at the same point.
UPDATE: Having obtained the auto-grip DS630BB version of the stand, I can confirm that it is indeed a substantial improvement when used with my tenor, and even more so with the alto. Also, my sax tech pointed out that you can bend the 530's prongs up or down to even them out, if you're so inclined.
The Hercules is a very stable stand and holds my sax quite well. I an very satisfied with it.
Also, it comes with a carrying bag. The stand folds up into a relatively small package that is easy to carry along with your sax case.
I highly recommend the Hercules stand for your alto sax.
It is. Buy something else if you want a snug fit.
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This comes close, though.
It is well made from good quality metal. It folds down really small - which is great for a gigging musician. And it is easy to fold up. You just press the silver stud in on each folding part of the stand and it folds inwards for easy portability.
And it is very sturdy when on the floor.
It does have a carry bag but it isn't very good. It's made from a fabric that feels thin as paper, so it won't be very durable when it's gigging round the country. But it's a nice addition.
My gripe is the lower rest bar and the upper 'ring' size. The lower bar is adjustable so the stand fits either a Tenor sax or an Alto sax.
If you slide the rest bar to the bottom, it can't go anywhere, so the larger saxes will rest upon it quite safely.
So for a Tenor sax I would give this stand five out of five.
However, to adjust it to fit a smaller sax you have to flip the rest bar up and slide it up the slot to the top and then put it down into place. There is a definite knack to this.
It doesn't click into place, and if you don't quite get it right, the bar slips down to the bottom of the slot if you apply some weight to it - which is ok if you are testing it with your hand, but what if your sax is in place and the rest bar drops down?
The upper ring is too big for an Alto and the lower rest bar could slip down.....what then????
And when you are a multi instrumentalist you are constantly putting the sax on the stand and taking it out again during a gig.
So it is a big worry that the sax will come out because the sax bell of an Alto sax doesn't fit tightly in the upper holder either.
I have deducted 2 stars for these reasons.
A sax stand's purpose is to keep your precious instrument safe when it is sitting in it. This lower rest bar and the too big upper 'ring' just doesn't give me confidence. Which is a shame. It is otherwise an excellent stand.
No one else has mentioned this little niggle in their reviews, so I am wondering if I have got a dud one - could be.
But a bit of black Gaffer Tape has come to the rescue. I have thickened the top of the stand by winding lots of gaffer tape around the 'ring' bit, so I will keep the stand.
I will report back after I have gigged with it at the weekend. I need to check if the sax moves about in it or if it is held safely still.
Of course, every musician has some Gaffer tape handy, and these little problems can be rectified. I have also put some tape under the rest bar to keep it in position [it will still fold inwards for transit.]
It would be so much better if the thing had a clip mechanism to keep it in place when moved to the higher position for an Alto sax, though.
It might be a better idea for Hercules to forget the 'one size fits' all stand and manufacture one for an Alto and one for a Tenor.
The gaffer tape under the lower rest kept it in position.
The sax bell still does not fit tightly enough into the top part of the stand stand so, I have had to thicken it further with gaffer tape. Now it is fine.
So, to sum up - it is sturdy and scores 5 for that, it folds down really small and scores 5 for that, but it doesn't hold my Alto sax snugly and safely without having to adapt it with black gaffer tape - so 2 stars deducted.
There still isn't a perfect sax stand out there.
But this still comes close.
After removing this product from its box, I discovered that it was actually folded. There is also a nice yellow Hercules bag which comes with the sax stand. So when you fold away your stand, it can be placed in the bag for next time. Anyhow, there are pressure points which you hold when unfolding or folding each component. There is a total of four movements to extend the sax stand. It is very simple and you don't need to be an engineer to know how to unfold your sax stand.
When I place my tenor saxophone on this stand, I feel confident that the saxophone is not going to fall off or slide away. It is held into place quite securely and even if you jiggle your saxophone a little while it is in the stand, it is likely to stay there. I always feel unnerving when I see people brush aside my saxophone in its stand but it is always secure. It is easy to lift out of the stand as well.
This is definitely one item that you need to consider purchasing if you play outside at gigs or with an orchestra. It will save you putting you saxophone in the case and taking it out every few moments. For an item which is less than £25, you can't say no!
If you're in the market for a stand, get this one. You won't be disappointed. If you don't think you need a stand, can I suggest you sell your sax and buy a recorder? Because you'll either drop your instrument (disaster) or leave it in the case and not play it (criminal offence).
The final bonus with the Hercules is the characteristic yellow hinge. It clearly identifies your stand amongst the cheaper ones!
The stand can be folded away and stored in a carry bag or carried around. I've only done this rarely, but it is straightforward to set up and fold-away.
This is a quality stand.
I subsequently purchased the Hercules peg, which can be screwed into the base of this stand, and it holds a soprano saxophone.
It has been brilliant and I am sure having it has increased practising time.
Our son is attending a music course soon and I am sure it will invaluable for resting his instrument in between parts he will be playing.
He was able to assemble quickly from the beginning and it does come with a carrying bag.
Update July 2016 - Bought another one for my Dad who has used many many stands over the years, but now he too, acknowledges that this one is best. If it's good enough for his Selmer Mk VI?.....nuff said!