The 10 Best Keyboard Stands
10. OnStage Classic Single-X
9. Chromacast X-Style Pro Series
8. L85 Imported
7. Neewer Collapsible
6. K & M Table-Style Omega
5. Plixio Z-Style
4. K & M Spider
3. Quik Lok QL742
2. RockJam Xfinity
1. OnStage KS7365EJ Pro
Choosing A Great Keyboard Stand
There are two major considerations to be made when you are trying to find the right keyboard stand for yourself. The first thing you must take into account is whether or not you will be playing your keyboard only at home, or whether you need a stand that is at least relatively portable. If you're going to move your stand from location to location, then several options are removed from contention, as they are too large, quite heavy, and do not fold or collapse for transport.
The second issue is whether or not you are concerned about the aesthetics of your keyboard stand. If your stand is to be a permanent fixture, this issue is of much greater concern but is also easier to remedy, as you can always choose a larger stand that is akin to a piece of furniture. If you need a keyboard stand this is both portable and attractive, then you have something of a larger challenge ahead of you.
There are a few options out there beyond the standard "X-shaped" portable keyboard which look good enough for use on stage during a gig or in the orchestral section of a theater or church, but you should be ready to spend well over a hundred dollars for most of them. With this added price tag usually comes excellent stability and easy adjustment features, however, which are useful features especially for a keyboard stand that might be used by several different people.
If you are unconcerned about how your keyboard stand looks, then you will have an easy time of selecting a good portable keyboard stand. In fact, you might as well let the decision come down to budget in that case. There are keyboard stands that cost only around twenty dollars and are suitable for occasional use (though probably should not be trusted to hold a heavy keyboard indefinitely), while other options can be had for around fifty dollars that should last for years and years if they are cared for.
Other Uses For Your Keyboard Stand
Keep in mind that just because a keyboard stand was designed to hold a keyboard, it can play a variety of other roles if needed. These sturdy devices can hold plenty of weight, so don't be afraid to make the most of them when you're not using one to help you play music.
A keyboard stand can be an excellent temporary serving table when a plank is laid across its top and then covered with a tablecloth. Chances are that the bottles of wine or pitchers of iced tea or water you place atop your keyboard stand won't equal the weight of a heavy keyboard, so go ahead and use one as the bar for a gathering (or to present the condiments at a barbecue or the deserts at a party).
A keyboard stand can also help serve as a stand in for a saw horse, holding up lumber or piping to be cut or providing a stable spot to stack boxes or building materials you don't want to leave on the ground. (Just don't ever try to support your own weight with a keyboard stand; these devices have their limits.)
Keyboard stands can also work perfectly with other instruments, such as xylophones or to support turn tables or an electronic drum kit.
A Brief History Of The Keyboard
One cannot fairly mention the keyboard without first taking a moment to talk about the history of the piano. Predicated on earlier instruments but ultimately unique, the acoustic piano as we know it today was invented in the very late 17th Century or in the first years of of the 18th Century. The invention of the piano is credited to an Italian musician and instrument maker named Bartolomeo Cristofori who worked in the employ of the famed Medici family of Northern Italy. The piano was a great leap forward for music due to the quality of the sound it could produce, specifically in terms of volume. While earlier harpsichords and clavichords could produce dulcet notes, they could not fill larger spaces with music, nor could they be heard for much distance outside. The piano produced bold, robust music that could be used in a concert hall, a chamber, or in the open air alike.
Pianos would soon be the centerpiece of many orchestras and see symphonies and sonatas crafted around their sound. The piano would go on to be popular in all manner of musical genres, from blues to jazz to rock and roll. For years, a piano player had two basic choices when it came to selecting a piano: the lovely but massive grand piano and the more compact upright piano. That would all change in the 20th Century.
Electric pianos of the late 1920s eschewed acoustic chambers for metal strings and magnetic "pickups" connected to speakers. In the later 20th Century, even these strings were supplanted by non acoustic keyboards that created synthesized notes. Their sound is produced via digital replication rather than through amplified resonance.
Not only can a great electric keyboard sound for all intents and purposes just like a grand piano, but it can also fit the budget of most musicians, not to mention fitting the space they have available in their home or practice area. A keyboard that can slide under a bed and be brought along in a car simply makes more sense than an instrument that fills an entire room, and does much to democratize piano music. Once you have a great keyboard, all you need are some lessons, some sheet music, and a reliable keyboard stand. The electronic keyboard puts piano music in the reach of all dedicated musicians.