I've owned 2 flimsy Onstand foldable music stands and both broke and couldn't support my music binder. I used to have to put a 5 lb weight on the bottom. The Gleam is very sturdy, and sure maybe a little bulky but it all fits into the carry case which is about the size of a laptop. The stand is strong enough to hold my music binder and clip on lights. Very easy to setup. For the price, a nice stand.