I'd been searching for the "perfect" acoustic guitar and bouzouki stand for quite a while and accidentally happened upon this fantastic little stand. I was looking for something that would fold up into a small, portable unit, yet still be strong, supportive, and easy to use....and this is it. They are quick and easy, and support my Martins and Irish bouzouki perfectly. And an added bonus, there's plenty of room between the floor and instruments to accommodate a straight plugged-in jack for stage use.
In my Irish band, I generally use three instruments on stage...a Martin D-41, OM-16, and Irish bouzouki, so bought three stands. Without any modifications, my Martin D-41 fits the padded cradles perfectly, but had to do a very easy modification so my thinner bodied OM-16 and Irish bouzouki would fit the cradles without sliding. For this, I bought a 6' length of self-adhesive round foam pipe insulation for 1/2" pipe (the brown stuff) at a local home improvement store, and with the instruments sitting in the stands, cut appropriate lengths of foam to take up the space between the instrument body and outer ends of the cradles to keep the bottom of instruments from sliding forward. It works great. Simply slip the pre-slit/self-adhesive foam sections around the cradle arms and tightly press the inner, self-adhesive edges together. Using the foam pieces holds the instruments in place, protects the instrument finish, is very inexpensive, and super easy to do. The foam doesn't get in the way when folding up the stands.
The stands are high quality, very well made, operate flawlessly, and I expect them to last a long time. What an improvement in portability over the typical tube stands I've been using for many years. At only 14.5" long when folded up with no protrusions to get hung up on other equipment, cables, etc.....or parts to get lost...., these stands can easily be tossed into a small gig bag.
I'm amazed by the stability provided. Sure, a careless move can knock an instrument over, but that can happen with tube stands as well. I've been there! These stands are surprisingly stable, but for me, portability is the main thing.
Great design and a great stand, Fender!