Anyone had experience of Jaspers stands?

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Anyone had experience of Jaspers stands?

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OK, my ageing X stand with extension arms (which my wife and I worked out is around 25 years old) is going. No question, my next trip to the recycling centre, it's going to be tossed into the scrap metal bin.

Mostly because as I got a little enthusiastic last weekend at a wedding gig, one arm of the the top tier (which I had tightened up well during set up) took it to itself to droop, dumping one end of the Roland Gaia into the Impulse (Whereupon said Gaia pressed one of the drum pads on the impulse letting out a random supersaw note)

Luckily the Roland weighs very little and I could one-handed get it upright again and with a little twisting held it and the offending arm while tightening the bolt on the damn thing. (All during the verse of a Bryan Adams number that fortunately had little in the way of a keyboard part!) I'm glad I chose the Gaia as the lead synth controller, and not my first thought to go all in with the Moog Sub37!!!

I've been thinking about reviewing my live rig and getting it all on one 3 tier stand, but it needs to be stable enough for my 88 note Arturia on the bottom (which up until now gets its own Ultimate V stand to my left)

The 3 tier Jaspers looks pretty stable, (Albeit a bit '80s - But then so is a lot of our covers repertoire!!!) But anyone have direct experience of them? Or any other suggestions?
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There will be others along with real 'live' experience - unlike me. I do have a 3-tier Jaspers stand in my studio and like it very much - totally reliable in that role. But I don't think of it as a gigging piece of kit, more for a static installation. I think it would be a bit fiddly for being put up and taken down every night, and suspect that there are better options designed for gigging - something like a 3-tier version of this?
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Thanks Bill

I do in fact have the Ultimate Support Apex stand with the extra long 3rd tier arms for the lowest board. But with a heavy 88 note beast on the lower tier it does start to feel a little unstable.
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Fair comment, I did wonder how the three legs would feel with larger keyboards. Certainly the Jaspers A-frame is very stable.

Think you will have to leave it to the SOS keyboard pro’s to advise.
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Had several Jasper’s stand and they are great for home/studio use. If I was gigging I don’t think they would be my first choice and I’d look at things like the K&M Omega or Spider stands.
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As above, the Jaspers are generally fine for a permanent installation, but I wouldn't want to gig with them.
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Post by Hugh Robjohns »

I've used a Sequenz stand which is fast and easy to rig and de-rig on stage.

https://sequenzmusicgear.com/en/products/

Available in different widths and heights. Single and dual tier sets are available, but I bought an extra shelf and use it as a three tier quite successfully (although that will depend on how much access you need to top surface controls/displays).
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The K&M Spider Pro is excellent, and designed for gigging - really quick assembly/disassembly. It is 2 layers as standard but you can get a third set of arms or use the laptop stand on top for a small keyboard.
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bonefixer wrote: Fri Oct 07, 2022 11:47 pm The K&M Spider Pro is excellent, and designed for gigging - really quick assembly/disassembly. It is 2 layers as standard but you can get a third set of arms or use the laptop stand on top for a small keyboard.

I've seen one collapse on stage (nearly taking a Voyager with it) through metal fatigue, so I wouldn't touch this stand. But others say they're fine, so...
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The Elf wrote: Sat Oct 08, 2022 8:07 am
bonefixer wrote: Fri Oct 07, 2022 11:47 pm The K&M Spider Pro is excellent, and designed for gigging - really quick assembly/disassembly. It is 2 layers as standard but you can get a third set of arms or use the laptop stand on top for a small keyboard.

I've seen one collapse on stage (nearly taking a Voyager with it) through metal fatigue, so I wouldn't touch this stand. But others say they're fine, so...

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Elf: I seem to remember you were quite enthusiastic about Stay stands. Do you have any experience of this one? On the Stay website they seem to do advertise it as their “piano” model and look like they do another tier as an optional extra, but so far, I haven’t seen that on sale anywhere.
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I do like the Stay stands I have. They are a good compromise between portability, speed of setting up and stability.

That said, the example you point to I have no experience of, and I'm a tad wary of the weight those lower legs might have to accommodate.
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Post by Eddy Deegan »

I have two Jaspers A-frame stands (one 3-tier, one 5-tier) and a 2-tier Stay stand in my studio.

I wouldn't use the Jaspers for gigging myself. They are strong but they are a little fiddly to assemble and are held together by plastic fittings that I suspect wouldn't hold up well to repeated setup and takedowns.

There are lock-rings on each tier (to prevent forward/back rotation) but these have a fairly shallow 'tooth' and can appear to be engaged when in fact they aren't. There's scope for setup error if in a hurry, and they require a large footprint on the stage. Great for the studio though.

The Stay stand has an impressive weight-bearing capability up to 65Kg (143lb) per tier but the top arms will only accomodate an instrument up to 38cm front-back (the lower ones up to 45cm). Mine comfortably holds a Yamaha Motif XS8 on the lower and a Novation Summit on the uppers.

I see that Stay also do 3-tier stands but I've no experience of those, though the 2-tiers are extremely good. More details on the 3-tiers can be found here. They can support up to a total of 120Kg with a max load of 40Kg per tier.
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