I bought this stand as i had started going to sessions with my cello and then began gigging with it too. It's a cello/double bass suitable stand, and does it's job perfectly well, though it's big enough to strap a pesky small child to if you really wanted to. It could be slightly trimmer if cello-specific. The supports that stick out to rest the cello on are really longer than needed for a cello, but I guess doesn't matter much as it doesn't stick out beyond its base footprint, which has to be that size to support a standing cello, and it does that.
It would have been good if it had some sort of carry strap or case to put the stand in when not in use. Ok to put up and take down, but as with any stand of this sort (and indeed music stands) you need to watch your fingers.
I chose it because I can put the cello in it with the spike still out to save faffing about. It is good for gigging, where you need to leave it round lots of other instruments, stands and cases back-stage or post sound check, or if you swap instruments for different songs/tunes.
I did think I'd use it at home to have my cello ready to hand to play more easily, but in reality I have a small flat and up the stand erected takes up quite a bit of room, so I haven't used it this way at all. I tend to just put the cello back in its case. I also found that in sessions I'm already rather antisocial taking up playing room with a cello, and that the stand was too big to take out too. I've since bought a smaller 'Quick A' cello stand, which is robust, stable and quick to put up and down and carry with my cello, but means i have to put my spike down every time I want to put it back in the stand.
Seems there's no universal perfect cello stand, but this is good for gigging and home if don't live in a small space. Good value though compared with others of its type.
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