Almost Perfect, Room for Pedals
Sets up and stows away easily once you get used to the weird way the legs fold. Holds anything pretty well. Solid unit, for the most part, with an exception being the plate with the nut at the top - the plate is cheap plastic and bends easily, so don't attach any heavy mic kit up there unless you don't mind it resting on your forehead during a gig. As a cautionary note, while you're unscrewing any kit at the top plate, keep in mind not top let the rubber washer come off, or you'll have to fish the bolt out of the spine and that's a real pain if you've got your gear sitting on the arms, because you have to flip it upside-down to get at it. Since the 3/8 to 5/8 thread adapter you get with it is plastic, you'd do well to plan ahead and pick up a metal one if you plan to use it. The namesake spider legs lift the spine above the floor, so you can shove some pedals down there, and that's pretty nice. The tier arms are cool how they fit in the rails when not in use, and they're pretty solid even fully extended, but they do creak when you strain them and there is some play under heavy loads. Actually, I had the lower tier supporting an MP-11 for awhile before I decided 75lb of equipment that I frequently played hard was not good for the stand's longevity. I went ahead and picked up an Omega stand (also by K&M) for better stability under such a heavy piece of kit. I'm sure the Spider could stand up to the abuse, but I don't play like an angel and I don't like my rigs shaking like MJ Fox at an Oscar awards ceremony when I'm pounding out a solo. Yeah, the Spider wobbles quite a bit with heavy playing on heavy gear, and while it never slipped or tilted or even threatened to, I didn't feel safe with it supporting an expensive metal casket full of bones. Instead, I'll have this stand supply two additional, lighter tiers above the MP-11 that will be sitting on the Omega in front of it. And this setup can happen, because the Omega's dimensions are such that there won't be any conflict between it and the Spider occupying the same space. Imagine that, a company that makes their sh*t compatible! Bravo K&M for the foresight or lucky convenience or whatever. Besides, now have a legitimate excuse to buy another synth to fill an open tier. Can't have open tiers, now can we?
Overall, this is a great stand for any board, but I personally think 70lb+ on one tier is a bit over the limit for playing accuracy and peace of mind here. Now something like an RD-800? Kronos? Stage 2? You likely won't have any tremor problems. A big, fat Motif? Well, I think that'd be a little jiggly. Maybe. MP-11 definitely doesn't rest easy on this stand, even though it fits fine.