How should you choose the best saxophone stand for you?
In this video I’m unboxing a new saxophone stand. See how it measures up – and how does it compare to my old stands?
My Sax School students often for help on choosing a saxophone stand. Here are my tips.
My old sax stand – Basic Version
I’ve had my old sax stand for many years, and there are lots of stands just like it that you can pick up cheaply. It comes in two parts and folds up so it’s easy to fit in a bag, or in the pocket of your sax case if you have one.
This one adjusts to hold an alto or a tenor saxophone. It has a handy a peg which I can fit on the stand to hold a flute or clarinet – super-handy if you’re “doubling” in a gig.
This is a great entry-level, basic design. Be wary of really cheap version though, which may not be so well made.
Hercules Alto Saxophone Stand
I’m using this stand on my alto right now. I love Hercules saxophone stands. This one is really sturdy and holds my sax really securely. It has space for 2 doublings peg too. It also folds down easily into a compact size.
These stands a little more expensive but they are a great investment and will last for many years.
K & M Folding Saxophone Stand
This K & M stand has been my regular gigging stand for many years. It’s super-light, reliable, and adjusts to hold an alto or a tenor saxophone. It folds down really small and comes with a soft bag to keep it in. You could store it down the bell of your saxophone though I don’t recommend that, but it will easily fit in your sax case. There isn’t space for a doubling peg, but as this stand is so compact you could carry a separate stand for clarinet or flute.
This stand looks really cool on stage too! I really recommend this one.
How to choose your sax stand
Choosing the right sax stand for you depends on how you want to use it. If you’re gigging a lot, and carrying your sax stand with you, you’ll want one that is compact, lightweight and reliable. My choice would be the K & M stand.
If you’re gigging but you’re doubling with clarinet or flute, I would choose the Hercules stand. This one is also perfect if you’re mainly playing at home or in the studio as it doesn’t need to be so compact.
If you just want a basic stand, you could go for a cheap entry-level saxophone stand – but I would spend a little more and get the Hercules. You’ve invested in your saxophone, you don’t want to risk damaging it if your cheap stand lets you down.
Hercules Tall Stands
I’ve ordered these new tall saxophone stands because I need to be able to reach my saxophone easily when I’m filming lessons for Sax School.
This stand is suitable for both alto and tenor saxophone – just adjust to fit with the slider on the top section. The base is wide and feels really sturdy. It’s easy to adjust the hight of the stand too, and it holds my saxophone very securely.