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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, just a couple of niggles., 31 Mar 2011
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With a growing collection of instruments I needed a second fiddle/mandolin stand so I could swap easily between fiddle and mandolin at gigs without the danger of someone putting a foot through a very expensive instrument. I already had a GigStand, which is built like a tank but is very heavy and costs more than I really wanted to pay for a second one just now.

Thinking there couldn't be much to go wrong with a violin stand I initially went for the cheapest available. This was a big mistake - see my review of the Karacha stand; whereas the GigStand is built like a tank, the Karacha is built like a crisp packet. Following the bears/porridge method the Stagg should turn out "just right", and I'm pleased to report that it does do the job very well.

In weight and robustness it falls between the GigStand and the Karacha. Light enough to carry around, but heavy enough to stay where it's put. The design, construction and finish are all very good. Most importantly it has a folding stay between the legs, preventing them closing up unexpectedly (unlike the Karacha). The pivots seem to be reasonably robust, though not as rugged as the GigStand. There is no problem with accommodating a violin complete with a bulky shoulder rest and anything likely to come into contact with the instrument has been protected with foam covering or a rubber bumper - with one very minor exception, which I'll come to in a moment.

Unlike the other two stands this one has a hinged plastic bar to prevent the instrument falling out of the stand. Definitely a Good Thing, although it's no big deal to slip a rubber band onto any stand not provided with this feature.

And now for the (very minor) niggles. The stem of the bow holder is a tad on the short size. In order to accommodate a full size standard length violin bow, the stem has to be pulled up to its absolute maximum height - within a gnat's whisker of pulling it right out of the main barrel. It seems a bit stingy not to have made it an inch longer; it can be a bit awkward to set up - and the fewer awkwardnesses on stage the better.

Also on the subject of the bow holder, this is the one piece of unprotected metal that does come into contact with the instrument; the back of the violin's scroll rests against it. In practice I don't feel this is a big deal for most people. But I do have a very expensive fiddle and I figured I really ought to provide maximum protection. So I made a little modification... Take a wine-bottle cork (the synthetic spongy plastic type) and drill a hole right down the middle so that it's a nice tight (but adjustable) fit. It helps if you've got a pillar drill handy! Remove the bow holder and thread the cork onto it from the bottom end. Job done - just slide the cork up to the top when you're putting the stand away, and slide it down to protect your fiddle when you set up.

One other little point about the aforementioned hinged plastic bar; this clicks into place thanks to the springiness of the sponge-covered neck-support arms. The arms can readily be bent slightly together or apart to adjust the tightness of the locking bar. But don't do what I did initially! I rather stupidly assumed that tension was applied by the two arms trying to pull apart, and I accordingly pulled them a little further apart to increase the tension. Big mistake - I then noticed the plastic locking bar was getting a bit distorted at its thinnest point. Oops - I quickly unhooked it and realised it actually works under compression, not tension. To increase pressure, bend the arms slightly together. Simple, huh?

Overall an excellent buy. If you want maximum protection and robustness (not to mention weight!) at any price get the GigStand and a rubber band. If you want a very good stand at a very reasonable price (and weight!) go for the Stagg and a wine bottle cork. If you want anything cheaper, forget it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars don't hide it, 29 Aug 2010
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A violin is a beautiful instrument to look at and I have taken to keeping it on the stand at home as well as when I am out at practice or playing with the band. I bought the stand to provide safe storeage for my fiddle when I was out with the band and it does that job well. It is easy to unfold, firm and sturdy when set up, and the bow hanger saves a lot of eyes from being poked out between tunes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stagg violin stand, 8 Feb 2011
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This Violin stand is real value for money, Very strong, And folds down very small.
Delivery was well within the time as described by the seller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stand for the money, 4 Jan 2012
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J P. McHugh (Cambridge, England) - See all my reviews
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This stand is great value for money. It's solid in construction with padding on the base and neck support. Not only works well for my violin but also my Crafter mandolin sits on it nicely too. Ideally I would have liked the legs to splay a little farther for better stability but for the money, it's very good. I'd recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Safe and sturdy, 17 April 2013
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A Crack (Gwynedd, UK) - See all my reviews
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Thus is a safe and sturdy stand. I didn't find any problem with the length of the bow stand as one reviewer remarks (you pull this out - it's true you have to pull it out towards its maximum extent to accomodate the bow off the floor, but I can't see that's problematic).

Buying one for my mandolin now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stand, 24 Mar 2013
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Really sturdy violin stand, padded in all the right places - can't fault it really. Great price and arrived quickly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality stand., 26 Feb 2013
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Impressed with the build quality of this violin stand, especially for the price.

Very sturdy and looks smart, you can't go wrong, surpassed all of my expectations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 31 Dec 2012
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This is a brilliant tool. Very portable and will provide good safe support for the violin at gigs and rehearsals..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violin Stand, 25 May 2012
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Great quality violin stand. I already had bought one for my son and found it to be great that i had to buy one for myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feet up for the Strad!, 17 Jan 2012
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Bought this for the Grandson for Christmas and it does the job perfectly. You can pay a heck of a lot more for something which frankly does exactly the same thing so whats not to like.
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