I could not imagine a sturdier and more solidly made stool than this, it's NEVER wobbly or rickety. Regardless of how you choose to sit, or where you place your feet on any of the many trusses you can do so with confidence. On stage, you don't have to worry if your stool will come undone or if the screws will come loose in the middle of your performance. You can instead do what you came to do and what you do best. The craftsmanship exhibited in design, woodwork, metal working and the many high quality welding joints combines into a whole that can only be described as beautiful--if only because of a functionality that seems as if made to last for many generations to come. Rarely if ever, have I seen an item with a mostly utilitarian function demand so much of my attention and admiration. I like this stool because someone put some pride into making it--using it makes me happy and just seeing it gives me pleasure. It would seem to take an unnatural or very deliberate force to brake this stool, making me enjoy its use so much more. I could only wish they made more variations in height and I could have the same dependability and good looks in other applications.