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Great - but be aware that the white model is NOT as pictured!
on 21 August 2015
My P-45 is black, but I opted for the white L-85 stand. It is really well-made, 'knee-friendly' - and far more stable than a folding 'X' stand (which is still highly practical if you need to take your piano out for a gig or family gathering).
My husband has created a piano 'nook' in our spare room; it is framed by white shelves and the stand fits in beautifully.
There is however, one caveat; the stand does its job - but I should point out that the WHITE version has two very large BLACK brackets that join the back and side sections together; these are highly visible from the lower front. "No big deal" you might think - but it might matter a lot to someone else.
I contacted the Yamaha GB/Europe Technical Support Team who confirmed that ALL of their L-85 white stands come with black brackets:
"The brackets that hold the Piano to the stand are black in colour to match the underside of the P115WH which is also black in colour. I am very sorry but we do not have white brackets available for this stand".
I then contacted Amazon to point out that - whilst I would not be returning the product - other customers could feel somewhat misled by the library photograph of the stand.
Not just Amazon - most online music stores appear to rely on using the self-same inaccurate illustration - so Yamaha really need a strong reminder to supply retailers with the correct one.
Amazon kindly offered a £5 discount - which would just about buy a can of white paint if I decide to match the brackets to the stand.
I realize that this focus on colour seems a little 'nitpicky' - but when buying online - customers not only rely on an accurate description of an product's usefulness - we also require an accurate reflection of its aesthetics. After all, for many of us - Yamaha accessories aren’t exactly cheap.
Anyhow, leaving colour matters aside - I can assure you that once your Yamaha is attached to this stand, it will feel exactly like sitting at (as well as playing) a real piano.
Of course, there are various instructions online for creating 'DIY' portable piano stands; but the beauty of the L-85 is that it fixes firmly and safely to your keyboard.
In addition, I researched the cost of a 'DIY' stand - and after paying for good-quality wood or MDF/ paint/ specialist screws and brackets you'd have very little change from £60.
Thus, you need to ask yourself whether all the hard work and head-scratching is really worth the £15-£20 that you might save by rejecting the tailor-made, genuine article.
Something else to consider - is that using a non-standard fixed stand might damage your piano - and could possibly void your Yamaha warranty.
The L-85 instructions are very clear - and it took less than 30 minutes for my husband to assemble it (what a star!)
I’m happy with this - but if you order the white model and want it to be completely white- just budget for some decent (satin finish) white paint!