Saxophone stands are an overlooked yet very important part of owning a saxophone. They need to be sturdy and functional to be able to stand up to a lot of wear and tear. Since there's not a lot of body to it stands are often overlooked, literally, and people tend to bump into them quite often.
So when looking for a stand, this is the first of many features that you want to look into. In this article we'll be looking into the various types and attributes of stands. The first thing you'll want to know is what type of material it is made of.
Is it plastic or metal? If it's made from any form of plastic at all it should be very durable so as not to break and damage your instrument if it happens to fall over.
The heavier the better in this case, and that goes for the metal stands as well. This is probably the most important attribute there is to a saxophone stand for this is the main reason why some have to get replaced a lot.
Having heavy weight on the bottom will help a lot in this regard as well because stands typically aren't that heavy by themselves, so you don't want them to be top heavy.
Another important feature to look for is the height. Without any adjustments being made you want it to be as functional as possible. Having a saxophone stand that isn't adjustable may work well for some people, but the majority of players require this out of their stand because they want it at just the right height to make storing and retrieving their instrument as effortless as possible, so it's one of the first things you should look for.
Moving your saxophone stand from one place to another is another thing you need to keep in mind. If you don't need to move it a lot then getting one that folds won't be that much of a concern. But if you do need to transport it quite often this is a very nice option to have.
If your personal situation is subject to change while you have your musical equipment, you might want to play it safe and get a folding stand just in case you need it in the future. Better safe then sorry in this case.
Something else to look for in a saxophone stand is whether or not it can tilt backwards or forwards. This feature can come in very handy when you least expect it. Having a stand that tilts a certain way may just be able to help you when it comes to storing it and/or retrieving it .
While we're on the topic, maybe where you keep your saxophone is kind of close quarters to where a stand would really get in the way. If this is your situation you may look into a wall mounted stand. This is perfect for dorm rooms where people tend to live in close quarters and space is at a premium. Most of these stands are mounted with 3 screws and are made to hold either an alto or tenor sax.