Orchestra stands come in a variety of shapes and sizes. While some are used to hold instruments, others are used to hold sheet music while a performer is performing. When not in use, large instruments are placed on stands to avoid damage; these stands are also used to display instruments. Music orchestra stands can be adjusted and illuminated for use a performer playing any instrument.
Some musicians, such as trombone or trumpet players, may perform with more than one instrument on stage at the same time. Orchestra music frequently necessitates quick instrument changes, and it is not uncommon for a single musician to play multiple instruments. The musical instrument that is not being played is placed on a stand near the musician to ensure that it is close at hand and easily accessible. Trumpet and trombone stands hold the instrument upright with the bell facing down and the mouthpiece facing up, resting on the stand.
When the cello or bass is not being played, such as during intermission or before performances, stands are used. Because placing such an instrument on the ground could cause damage, a stand is used to keep it upright and safe. Because the base of the cello or bass rests in a cradle with a stability arm holding the instrument’s neck, these stands are often referred to as cradle stands.
Orchestra stands can be used to display instruments in addition to holding them when they are not being played. Museums and stores require secure ways to display instruments so that visitors and potential customers can see them from all angles. This is critical in attracting a buyer interested in purchasing an instrument.
Manhasset stands refer to traditional symphony orchestra stands for music. This is a portable aluminum stand with a desk or platform that holds the music and can be raised or tilted to various angles. The stand is usually easy to change with just one hand and has no tightening mechanism. This is a popular orchestra stand because it can be adjusted to accommodate players who sit in regular chairs or stand while playing.
Some music stands have lights built into them, making it easier for musicians to read sheet music in dimly lit orchestra halls. Many stands are very stable and can be easily adjusted for each instrument. Apart from their use during play, stands can often be easily stacked and take up little storage space.