Although a little longer when folded than the "classic" metal folding stand, this is a big improvement on it. Very easy to adjust, very stable in use. The clamp screws have a solid thread. Other folding metal stands eventually fail through the clamp screw threads stripping, I've had one of these for some time and I can't see the threads ever being a problem. The extra length folded is because it has extra height unfolded, great for flautists and other standing "head up" instrumentalists. The three legs are sturdy and fold down, not up, so easier to deploy one handed. There's a good sized "shelf" with a ridge to stop the music slipping off. The bag is quite sturdy and has a shoulder strap so one less thing to carry in and out of the venue. All in all you can't go wrong, and it's cheap!