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Wow. I used the search function (Gary would be proud) and not one mention of Gorg saxophone stands. They make stands for other instruments as well - let your Google fingers do the walking.

I spotted it at a local music store this evening and was compelled to purchase it for several reasons.

First, the bell and bow "U" are completely covered in a grippy soft rubber material that is a really bright blue or purple (not sure which as I'm a bit color blind). So it feels and looks very cool - for what that's worth. The three base legs operated very smoothly and felt very solidly attached. The post to base connection is smartly designed and also smooth operating. When it's all set up, it feels nice and tight whereas the typical black tubular stands always feel a little rickety to me.

The adjustability is really slick and versatile. There are five holes on the post for the bow support to snap into. Yes - snap in. Not a bolt/washer scenario. With a little finessing of the bell support and the easy adjustability of the bow support, I was able to fit a curved soprano into the stand as snugly as a tenor. As the bow support has a plastic base, I suppose that there is the chance that it could crack, so maybe not as durable as a washer & wingnut setup.

The base legs are quite long, so rather sturdy.

When I did my Google search, I did find some sites that sell them, but the pictures didn't show the full blue rubber grip on the supports as mine has. I have no idea which is older or newer. I'd say the blue grips are a significant improvement over what appears in the pictures I saw.

Another plus (for me) is that it is made in Germany. European manufacturing floats my boat.

The only con I'd say is that it doesn't fold down - you do have to remove the post from the base and the bell support does not swing out of the way - it is fixed. This deficit for portability, though, is a benefit for durability. The fewer moving parts, the less likely for something to come apart. Saxophones themselves bring enough of that burden as it is.

It cost just under $50 including tax at a retail store, so a little more than your Hercules or Belmonte, etc. I feel I got my money's worth, however.
 

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Branded as K & M in the UK. Have the black sax stand with flute peg and I'll fall down before either of the instruments do.
 

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Aha! K&M's soprano stand has caught my interest, though I need to take my horn into the shop to be sure it will fit in the bell in the case - the old Yani cases are rather form fitting and don't have a lot of extra room.
 

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I´ve got a Yanagisawa S900 Soprano in its original case and after a bit of squezzing the K&M peg fits perfect.
 

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I keep one of those collapsible K&M soprano peg/stands in my gigging soprano's bell (currently an S901) and yes, it required some adjusting before the horn-with-peg-in-bell fit the case. But I normally place a removable soprano peg on my regular alto stand's leg and use that when out in public. The peg-in-the-bell is convenient, though for situations where I don't need to assemble the whole stand. DAVE
 
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