Best Mobile Multi-Tier Stand
The K&M Spider Pro is the second multi-level stand I have purchased in the last year for live performance as well as an easy stand to tote back and forth to rehearsals. I will not need to look for another stand to try out. The Spider Pro is it! Like automobiles and vintage microphones, German engineered products don't look past the little details in their design and material specifications. Besides looking cool, the Spider Pro is quick to set up, adjust, and breakdown.
The moving parts are solid and seat firmly. The base of the stand is solid and stable. Being able to adjust the height and length of the stand arms is critical to getting your keyboards at the right height and depth. I find the less expensive stands that adjust by clamping down a wheel of notched 'teeth' to be lacking in the fine tune adjustments needed to have an ergonomically comfortable stand. The lower tier is probably where most musicians would place their main/heaviest board. I use either a heavy Roland Stage Piano RD 700 SX (50 lbs), or a Nord Electro 5 HP (25 lbs) - both work well and are stable and secure.
The upper rack by itself does not adequately support small equipment like 37 or 25 key boards without the addition of a custom shelf as it is spaced too wide. A 49 key controller/keyboard should fit OK, but a 61 key board would fit perfect. K & M does have a special shelf you can buy from them that would solve the issue of a small board and/or mixer/module shelf, but you couldn't get a whole lot of gear on that second shelf with their available accessory.
Google searching far and wide, finding shelves deep enough for music gear (16" rather than the standard 12") is like looking for ghosts or Bigfoot. Personally, I made my own shelf for the second tier with a raised wood trim lip around it to keep things firmly seated. I'm not a craftsman, but I have a friend who is. The shelf we built is 48" wide, 16" deep, and has a 1 inch tall piece of mitered wood trim screwed into an HDPE plastic board I custom ordered online to keep the overall weight down as well as stabilize the flimsy, but strong plastic sheet in that size and thickniess (3/8" thick). Plywood and spray paint would work just fine as a simple substitute. I use an Ultranova 37 key board/MIDI controller and next too it is an Ableton Push. I purchased the upper laptop rack for a MacBook Pro that I run Ableton with. It works well.
Conclusion...Great stand. Worth the money. The upgrade for the black anodized aluminum is worth the extra $. A friend of mine who is a pro gigging keyboardist has the regular gray finish. It has black scuff marks all over it from being a working piece of equipment.