There is no good substitute for a decent stand. Unlike bassoons, which can be stood on a low-rise Fox stand and still be stable, there is much more "weight" up high on a bass clarinet.
The "bassoon" style stands are expensive, but you are in effect paying for the stability that it offers. The peg goes in the cup or box at the bottom, the neck goes in the upper end, and gravity holds it in place.
There was (note the past tense there) another stand that worked pretty well with an extended range bass, that being the Anderson die cast alto/tenor/bass clarinet stand. Very compact (it folds up to fit in a "Crown Royal" bag), relatively stable (my Selmer 33 has never been in any other type, and it's kept my horn in good shape for many years), and adaptable (I combine mine with a wooden base that also holds my baritone, bassoon and two other sax stands along with clarinets and the like.
The firm is long out of business, but when they were making them they were quite inexpensive. I pick the occasional one up on eBay, but I've not seen one there for a year now.
I've become impressed with the Hercules bass clarinet stand. It's design may appear to be odd at first in that it has two vertical arms -- one that holds the BC's bell in a saxophone stand style yoke and another that holds the upper body. In this respect it is more along the lines of saxophone stand than the kind of BC stands that have a cup for the instrument to rest in.
The Hercules stand is lighter and less expensive than other BC stands I've seen. When it's folded it's about 28" or 29" long. Another thing I like about the Hercules stand is it's adjustable so the height is good for a BC using a floor peg. When I first got the stand it took me only about 5 minutes to become comfortable with it.
The only music shop I've seen selling the Hercules BC stand is Weiner Music.
you can make a guitar stand into a bass clair stand (with out peg) . i would post a pic of mine but i cant cause i have sorry aol. any way buy the metal folding type (15$) and remove the cradle from the bottom -take it to a hardware store that sells plumbing suplies- find the plastic t pipe that fits the craddle mount (it slides on perfictly) then buy metal hooks for hanging stuff up on walls etc(this will become the bass clair craddle) drill holes into th e plastic pipe for the hooks -you now have a sturdy bass clarinet stand.
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