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Recommendations for a gigging amp stand

ajwain

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I’m looking for a lightweight, folding amp stand to support a small 1x12 combo for use at live gigs where stage space is at a premium. The key feature I need (which I’m not able to find in the features/spec of any of them) is that I want one that raises my amp off the ground but DOES NOT TILT BACK!!
The ability to tilt back would be desirable in certain circumstances but the ability to keep the amp upright is absolutely essential. I used to have one like this, where you “reversed” the forks to change between upright and tilted, but I lent it to someone many years ago and I don’t remember the brand.
Sitting the amp on a small table or chair, or stacking it on someone else’s cab is neither stable nor professional, so I need to find a proper black powder coated metal stand.
Recommendations and comments gratefully received.
 

brandtkronholm

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I’m looking for a lightweight, folding amp stand to support a small 1x12 combo for use at live gigs where stage space is at a premium. The key feature I need (which I’m not able to find in the features/spec of any of them) is that I want one that raises my amp off the ground but DOES NOT TILT BACK!!
The ability to tilt back would be desirable in certain circumstances but the ability to keep the amp upright is absolutely essential. I used to have one like this, where you “reversed” the forks to change between upright and tilted, but I lent it to someone many years ago and I don’t remember the brand.
Sitting the amp on a small table or chair, or stacking it on someone else’s cab is neither stable nor professional, so I need to find a proper black powder coated metal stand.
Recommendations and comments gratefully received.
Put it atop a road case.
Like this:
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darkwave

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I was considering getting a rolling tool tote to use for this purpose (assuming your combo isn't tooo big):
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My acoustic combo is right on the verge of fitting in one of these so it could be a hard case, but there's always a bunch of tools, gadgets, cables and such that you need to drag along that could fit in there as well. If the color or aesthetic is off you could just drape black fabric over it.

- Douglas C.
 

garywright

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I’m looking for a lightweight, folding amp stand to support a small 1x12 combo for use at live gigs where stage space is at a premium. The key feature I need (which I’m not able to find in the features/spec of any of them) is that I want one that raises my amp off the ground but DOES NOT TILT BACK!!
The ability to tilt back would be desirable in certain circumstances but the ability to keep the amp upright is absolutely essential. I used to have one like this, where you “reversed” the forks to change between upright and tilted, but I lent it to someone many years ago and I don’t remember the brand.
Sitting the amp on a small table or chair, or stacking it on someone else’s cab is neither stable nor professional, so I need to find a proper black powder coated metal stand.
Recommendations and comments gratefully received.
shame ‘cause this vintage one DOES TILT BACK!!! ( slightly )
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Jethro Rocker

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I break the rules I guess, I use a tilting stand. Reason being so I can leave amp on floor for good low end yet still hear it properly because amp is pointed at my ears.


I also have one of the stands off the floor with an extra set of supports for a cab on bottom. But it angles back a bit.
 

MrNubs

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the fact that you can't search the web yourself for a stand, requires you to carry a cinder block to your next gig to use as a stand, and I want pictures
 

Jethro Rocker

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the fact that you can't search the web yourself for a stand, requires you to carry a cinder block to your next gig to use as a stand, and I want pictures
I think the advice of people who have used different stands as real players here would likely be better than just a wild stab at whatever one can find online. I suspect that may be why OP was asking for advice here, real experience.
 

garywright

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maybe a tubular Vox style

Edit ( opps , does NOT FOLD !!! )
 
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concert410

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I have used the cart full of cables quite a bit. I used to use a milk crate. Now I use a matching ext cab.
 

Amp360

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I had this case made about twenty years ago. I originally ordered it to put my tweed Deluxe, which I used as a warmup amplifier. I had it built a little bigger than it needed to be so I could put other things in the top. Eventually, I made a petal bored that fits in the top, so it's really convenient.

The up side is it is one thing. The downside is it's heavy to move if I'm just doing some local show and storing cases is a PITA. If you have a strong back it's a great way to go. If you ask at a bar usually they'll give you one of those boxes that bar bottles come in.

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A few years ago I rented a map and just used the lid that came with it. My goal is always to bring as few things as possible. Make sure you either order your case without wheels or just use the top. You don't want things rolling around, which will happen when you turn the volume up to gig level.

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Steven K

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Just use a very sturdy item with a flat top that would fit the amp. Why must it be a stand made particularly for; or designed for guitar amps ? A chair, or table, or anything that you find around the desired height would suffice. In the old days we used tables and chairs, they did the trick. Of course they needed to be trustworthy to support a 90 Lb Fender Twin. I use a tilt back Ultimate support stand for my Twin. Of course it tilts back yet I keep it low. I have never seen an amp stand designed to support heavy combo amps that does not tilt back, it would seem to me that the design can be problematic or non-affordable. hence, the improvisational techniques.



Additionally, you state that a table. chair or another's amp is not stable or professional. Yet it is done all the time. If you are concerned about the aesthetic aspects, cover the item with an attractive item that does not allow the viewer to visually see the chair or table. What venue are you playing where this visual concern is of such importance ?

One other option is to keep the amp on the floor and mic it through the PA, pro bands do this all the time.

I place my twin on a sturdy chair all the time, and I am sure it weighs more than a 1x12 combo
 
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