All tuba players know the problems of playing such a large instrument. A decent stand is a must (rather than placing on the bell or balancing against a chair). The K&M is a very well made stand that offers pretty good stability balanced against the need to be collapsible and portable (and some makes aren't!). The initial set up is a bit of a faff and you have to be a little careful placing your tuba down but if done correctly this stand does offer decent protection to your tuba in the practice room or on the concert stage. Works best on a flat and level surface; I wouldn't risk it on grass or similar outside uneven ground.