The WS7500 has proven to be the perfect desk for my studio. Itís very sturdy, looks great, and has been well worth the investment!
I needed somewhere I could park my laptop recording rig at home (at a price that was easily approved by my wife) and this simple, VERY affordable, and attractive desk did the trick!
I love my WS Desk! Easy enough to put together and looks great...works even better. 5 stars all the way!
Great quality desk especially considering the price
Great value on this. It is pretty spacious, and that's a neat option; the corner extension and rack bit. I don't have those two however. Very happy with it though, fairly easy assembly.
Great Desk For The Budget Conscience
I really needed to upgrade my work space from my old PC cart to a more fluid and functional space. After lots of research on DIY and such I decided to try this brand. I bought the WS7500 workstation and two WSC7500 Corner accessories (separate review on those). The WS7500 is hefty and wide enough to accommodate my Yamaha MOXF6 on the main desk with my M-Audio BX5a, Tascam US16x08 and 24"monitor on the top shelf, all with in comfortable reach. The metal hardware and wood are surprisingly well built for the price. The instructions were comprehend-able but took a bit of thought especially concerning the keyboard shelf construction, speaking of which, the slide out keyboard shelf is generous enough for both a full size keyboard and mouse, so that's handy. The sliding mechanism gets a bit stiff though. Assemble was fairly easy but once built, the unit is hard to get through standard door ways. All-in-all, I'm very happy with this desk and have had no issues with it and no missing parts.
On-Stage Stands WS7500 Workstation
I bought this desk for my wife, who needed more space for her midi interface and lap steel.
It comes in one big, heavy box and the instructions are easy to follow, and it took me about 20 minutes to assemble, and that included a coffee break. :)
My wife is very pleased with her desk and I like it for its great value and how sturdy it is.
And I have to give a big shout out to my guy Chris Sanders, for the recommendation for this outstanding desk!
Everything I Expected
Easy instructions and assembly. Lots of space, sturdy, and it looks great.
On-Stage WS7500 Workstation
I gave it a 5 because of the value! It's small enough to not ruin your limited home studio space. Big enough to be the center of your studio. Assembly is a bit of a challenge... They left out a few screws....Still, for the price, there's no other option.
Great product for the price can't beat it easy to put together
Cannot be beat for the price!
I was skeptical due to some of the reviews and peoples expectations considering the cost. For instance its not solid wood and anyone thinking they are going to get a solid wood desk at this price point is just absurd unless its used on Craig's List and not nearly as functional. Solid wood workstations are expensive.
The other worry was screws and assembly. However, they may have updated this unit because assembly was simple and it was all Allen hex screws and some nuts. Once put together the unit is very solid. The complaint about the tray bearings I am unsure of as the two side rails for the tray assembly had the the tray glides already installed.
I have purchased 'assemble on your own" computer desks in the past for 3 times the cost that were garbage. I could not be happier with this purchase and I amazed at how solid it is for the price. Mind you,its compressed board with a laminate or sheeting like wrap over it. Regardless,if you take care of your stuff I can see many years of trouble free use.
I am glad I took the chance as I am well pleased.
Solid durable desk!
This is a fantastic desk! Assembled quickly and is solid as a rock. We like it so much we are buying one for my wife too.
Was looking for a good desk and this is a great desk and for the price you really can't beat it. I thought it would be shakey and not so sturdy but it's really nice and the set up took a little but I got it with one other friend. Overall great desk with an amazing price.
Ws7500 Wooden Workstation
Adam Briggs you are the Man! Thank you very much for your help and the accomidation spirit no hassel you provided. You should get a Raise! seriously! But the workstation is great and perfect for what I needed.
WS7500 Wooden Workstation
best choice of this type, highly recommend, you will not lose your money buying it*****
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I am very happy grate stand
While this took time to assemble, I found it all worked and didn't need to drill any extra holes -- wood screws are included. The assembled product is sturdy and attractive.
Got it despite the bad reviews and glad I did!
First off, I'm giving this a 5 because I think the other ratings are more harsh than they should be and I want to bring the average up.
Before this, I had been using a student desk from office depot. I simply wanted to upgrade so that I could have my keyboard and computer all in front of me. This did exactly that, with enough room on the top to hold my Alesis M1 320 monitors aswell as my fast track pro next to my laptop.
It took me and my friend an hour to install this. YOU WILL NEED A DRILL in order to screw the platforms into the legs. Others have complained about the holes not aligning properly, but since you're drilling the screws in anyways, all you need is to align one side according to the small holes, and the other side will look virtually even. The most frustrating part of this was putting the screw cap to lock the screw on the two bars that hold the legs together (There are 8 total). Other than that, I have a solid desk that's even according to my plum line.
Sturdy and decent value
I'm not sure why some folks stated that this stand was difficult to assemble. The instructions were straightforward. The only additional alteration needed was to drill out the pilot holes on the side panels of the slide-out keyboard drawer because the woodgrain "foil" covering was preventing the insertion of the supplied bolts. About 30 seconds with a quarter inch drill bit was all that was needed. Like other On-Stage products I've owned, it's sturdy and a decent value. Of course, the "wood" surfaces are made of particle board covered with a vinyl "foil" material like you commonly find on assemble yourself products from places like Ikea. That's what keeps the cost reasonable (and adds some weight). Consider that when the cost includes "free shipping", the freight costs are obviously factored into the selling price.....just like you see on other online retail sights like Wayfair, etc. Nothing ships for "free" and Sweetwater is certainly entitled to make a fair profit margin on their products...that's what helps pay for their outstanding customer service, hefty inventory and gigantic full color catalogs. I could have bought a similar product elsewhere but Sweetwater beats them all with their outstanding service.
Very nice desk
I bought this desk back in 2010 and am still using it daily. It still looks pretty good. Has held up to everything I've thrown at it. It's not only my studio desk, but my daily desktop desk. I even have a 24" monitor hanging off the top shelf and it hasn't damaged the wood. Yes it's a little wobbly as I type, but nothing that bothers me that much. I have two of the side tables which are also nice, but not the most supportive. I've even had it moved my movers and it's still going strong. I would buy it again if I needed to, but seems like that is going to be a long time from know.
perfect for money looks professional
great desk with option to customize depth of top shelf over main. only issues I had was it took a bit of time to figure out and set up besides that it is gorgeous wish I could upload pics of the wonders it has done for my studio upgrades
its a gr8 size really strong and easy to put together
Love it , rugged and good quality plus a great price .
I really love this desk. It is sturdy and spacious. I have two computer monitors on the top tier and a small mixer on the middle tier. I have plenty of writing space. My only complaint is that it was extremely difficult to fasten the main shelf onto the frame. That being said, I honestly can't be happier with my purchase.
Great desk, overall a wonderful addition to the music/student/composer. My son keeps his venom, laptop, and homework all on the same desk. This desk has now become his major workstation...plenty of room and sturdy too.
I put this desk together with a little difficulty, I had to drill pilot holes a little larger to get some of the screws in, and had to use power tools.
I would have given this desk a 5 star if the particle board was better made, or had it been real wood. Great bang for the buck, though!!!
Best Bang for your Buck!
I bought mine a couple of months ago. I love it and am looking to expand with the matching side extensions. The issue with people feeling they may need a drill is due to the screws you will have put in place from the bottom or at weird angles. You can use the other pieces as addional weight for you press on forcing the screws into place.
Seriously they could have charged $500 for this. This desk is a super deal.
On-Stage Stands WS7500RB Studio Desk
The On-Stage Stands WS7500RB Desk is just what I needed for my study desk. Already owning one of these previously purchased from Sweetwater, assembly was comparatively simple: the only tool not supplied was a Phillip's screwdriver. It should be noted that when assembling the lower slide-out drawer, it is required to align the inset screw holes so that the screws that fit into these holes aren't misaligned. After a bit of trial and error, the lower slide-out drawer was assembled and attached to the main desk. For that reason alone I gave the desk 4.5 stars. If you're not worried about breaking a mild sweat while climbing under the desk (which you'll need to do for assembly), have no fear. The finished product is indeed a bit of quality furniture that is both functional and practical. This desk is a good value for your money; the desk can hold an all-in-one computer workstation, or act as a study desk with plenty of room for books on the upper level as well as workspace on the main and drawer level. P.S. The upper level can be adjusted during assembly to place the upper level closer to the back of the desk, or more forward. Nice option if you want to save some depth space.
A well designed desk, sturdy as can be!
This desk is perfect for my nearfields, flat panel monitor, external drives and keyboard. There's plenty of workspace and this desk is solid. Now I can leave everything set up and just plug in my laptop when I get home and keep working on my session.
As others have mentioned, the part labeling and pre-drilling could be better executed, but as long as you leave the hardware loose until everything is in place, it will tighten up nicely.
Not Bad At All...
First, I was VERY unsure about purchasing this workstation after the negative reviews, but I am really really glad I did. For the price it is unbeatable, and sturdy. So...here are some things to keep in mind:
First...every review is correct...the holes DO NOT line up...but this isn't so terrible if you have a drill, like another reviewer stated. If you line one side up to the holes, and then use a drill on the other side, it will end up just fine, and even. Second: Yes...it is NOT a solid wood desk..it IS laminate...but it is NOT at all shabbily made. The finish on one I have looks rather handsome, and authentic. Third, the desk is STURDY...you have to adjust the four small leveling "feet" on the bottom of the unit until it sits level, once tightened, the unit doesn't rock at all. It's the perfect size for small work areas, plus it is expandable with end pieces available to add to either soze, adding a nice amount of additional workspace, not many other workstations offer that.
I dig it!
True, it was poorly packed from the land of cheap desks. The box looked like they drop shipped it from 10,000 feet. Holes were slightly askew. However, for the money it has been a GREAT desk!. I have a large pair of monitors on it, as well as all my other equipment. I have had it for more than a year with NO problems. The desk has remained stable too. Nice layout, lots of room for my gear. It holds a lot for it's size. Cool unit for relatively cheap.
I'll start off by saying...yes...for the money.
It is what it is. For $170 the size is perfect for me and is solidly built. Assembly was no problem. I think perhaps it has been improved over time. I didn't install the keyboard tray, as I have no need for it. Overall, I'd recommend it. Super service from Matt Alexander at Sweetwater.
On-Stage Stands WS7500
Easy to assemble and is strong and steady. Well made and good value for the Money
awesome , does great job for music & personal stuff .excellent size . very stable .
assembly was easy - the drawer was a little tricky . they could improve directions on that a little .
Other than that l would recommend this desk to friends .
This was not so hard to put together and really did not take more than an hour. It is sturdy and roomy enough for my gear. Studio Speakers, 11Rack, Drum machine, mixer and Laptop as well as cables and accessories. The only drawback to me was the color is darker than the picture. I would say it is more brown, When I took a picture with my camera it also came out lighter in the photo. The 4.0 is due to the color and laminate as there was a back corner slightly dinged but hidden from view and the color not what I expected.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this product considering the price point. I thought the directions were a bit misleading for the assembly of the keyboard drawer but otherwise no issues. I plan on buying the rack and insert modules next
Exactly what I expected
First of all, this product is $170 delivered. Set your expectations there. For the price, you get a very sturdy, well laid out, excellent proportioned workstation. Minimal wobble, relatively easy to assemble, other than screwing the desktop into the frame. That is a bit challenging, but best achieved with some help. Not impossible alone though.
I have a Kronos X 88 on the main desktop - it extends over the edges a bit but there is no shaking when I play it so I can see the monitors without feeling like I am about to break the sound barrier.
The keyboard tray is a bit low, but not terrible. A good hiding place for computer keyboards, mice, etc.
Excellent value for the money. It is particle board with a thin plastic-type veneer, so just be careful with it and you will be fine.
Great desk, sturdy, not as hard to put together just at a certain point not enough room to put screws in but it's the right size and perfect for a 61 keyboard
Very cool but...
I like the overall design but never expected cheap screws to hold things together. I mount 2 monitors on a single bar and an additional bard for the laptop. Not only did the 1st 2 screws strip during installation,I would never trust them to hold my mounting system together. I had to go to Home Depot and get better screws. But all in all, perfect design for a small home studio.
I read most of the reviews and decided to try my luck, very happy with my choice, took me a little over an hour to assemble. Parts were well aligned and no extra screws left over. Good starter desk go for it .
Solid work station big enough for a modest home studio.
WS7500 Wooden Workstation - Making it work
I purchased the workstation to house my ProControl mixing board.
I found that as originally designed the VU meters would be hidden under the top shelf. Easy solution, move the location of the bottom board (with keyboard shelf). I don't know if designers had this fix in mind but, with additional fastening on bottom shelf, it works very well.
Sweetwater, as usual was very helpful with fast delivery.
Perfect for my space
The quality is solid, and the form factor is nice. I was a bit disappointed that the width if the main desk was 2" shorter than advertised, but that was ok for me because I just set my monitors on my full range floor speakers that are roughly the same height as the desk.
Also, the instructions for the keyboard drawer are very vague. I had to disassemble it once and reverse the top and bottom boards, and I think the drawer itself is still backwards because it doesn't come put as far as it seems it should.
That said, my MacBook fits on it nicely, and I am pleased. Take extra time with the keyboard assbly so you don't make the same mistakes that I made!
Exactly what it says and perfect!
This desk is perfect for new users and if you are on a budget this is a desk I highly recommend for you to get. Very sturdy and it's heavy. Simple to assemble and steady. No cheap wood the real deal!
WS7500 Helpful Hints
I am giving this a 4 becuase I have time to assemble it.Delivery was the next day and packaging was ok. How I assembled this.
1. Layout frame. fasteners, and wood to make sure everything is there(as with anything)
2. Attached the crossbars to the main z legs and tighten snug.and add the 4 rubber feet to the bottom of the frame.
3. Place the top shelf on the frame so it is almost flush with where it would fit against a wall..
4. Take a fine point magic marker and stick it in the support tabs from underneath so that you know where to drill the 4 holes. Grab a drill bit slightly smaller than the wood screws provided.Mark the drill bit with the marker 3/4 depth of the screw itself.
5. Place the top shelf FACE DOWN on the floor. Drill the 4 holes to the depth of the mark on the drill (so you don't drill through the top)
6. Place the frame up side down on the wood you just drilled and align the holes.
7. Grap a long phillips screw driver and tighten down the frame to the top shelf with the wood screws so they are snug.(If you hear crunching than you are over tightening them! Top is now Complete.
8. Start assembling the pull out drawer- Slide on the 2 sides of drawer remembering which side is up!!Look at the diagram in the instructions if needed. Spray the bearings with lithium white grease if you have it to keep them lubed.
9.Take one of the side screws (should be 8 of them) and poke them through the holes to make sure there is a clear pass(this will help when you align the bolts to the inserted nuts.
10. Place the slide out on it's side and bolt in the BOTTOM of the sliding drawer . (It has less holes in it than the top)It is easier to get the bolts started straight this way.Make sure they are started and snug them down
11. Take a 15 minute break to rest your neck and fingers..
12. Thank God you have eye sight and arms and can afford to do this as many in the world don't and can't.
13. OK. Now Place LARGE lower table top on it's face and screw in the other side of the sliding drawer(not connected yet ) onto the underside of the LARGE table top. Use the 4 bolts provided and snug them down!
14. With the LARGE table top still facing face down, slide the siding drawers onto the Large table top so you can put in the 4 side screws. This may take some wiggling to get them all started.
15. Once started, snug them down when the allen wrench.
16 Take a break. It's almost done!! Thank God.
17. With the sliding drawer firmly attached to the LARGE table top, flip it onto the upright frame . Be careful not to get slapped in the jewels as the sliding drawer will move!! ;)
18. Crawl underneath the stand and mark where he wood screw holes are , drill them out, screw them in and you are done!!! Amen!!
Hope this helps.
Excellent and great value
Found assembly not bad about one hour
Very attractive and functional- plenty of work space.
Would certainly buy again- great choice.
Does what it supposed to do
Desk is sturdy and holds all of my gear. I like the fact that it's expandable. Also stylishly designed. Great starter desk for a small home studio.
On-Stage Stands WS7500
Very good solution for my small home studio. Small footprint with right amount of smace for my mixing board, MBox, laptop and other miscellaneous gear. Only concern was poor construction on sliding keyboard mechanism, which we are working to get replaced.
Desk is great
Setting it up was pretty tough at points, simply because the holes that were pre-drilled into the wood were a bit off...but overall it wasn't too bad. The only problem I have now is the fact that the entire desk wobbles slightly, nothing bad, just enough for me to notice sometimes.
Nice workstation, difficult to setup
As others have said, this can be difficult to setup. I've put together numerous desks and computer workstations, but this seemed to be a little more frustrating. But when done it is a very nice workstation and plenty of room for my 61 key Roland A800-Pro, 27" monitor and keyboard. The Pull out tray is large enough for a 25-key controller for sure, possible a 49-key.
On suggestion, the instruction tell you to tighten the frame before putting the shelves up. I found that by keep the frame a little loose, it was possible to "force" the holes to align. You can then tighten the frame when your done.
assembly was smooth till the keyboard shelf, I put it together and the ball bearings fell out sliding mechanism was junk used a different set of slide out rails from my old desk was no way to salvage the set that came with the desk
Functional but overpriced
First, the tops are held on by cheap screws that are too small. You'll have to get better screws if you want to trust the sturdiness which I needed because I mount 2 monitors on a bar on the back side.
The keyboard pull-out busted and 100 ball bearings were all over the place and it couldn't be reassembled. The base shelf is deep enough though to not need the keyboard pull-out. It would actually be too far away and I have 2/24" monitors.
All in all, I like the overall design and compatibility but I found $50 cheaper somewhere else a few days after purchasing it.
Very Functional, Frustrating Setup
I like this finished product. There were a few dings in the wood and some blemishes on the metal that occurred during the manufacturing process. There weren't any included instructions. Eventually figured everything out, but was frustrating at first.
It's sturdy once it's all put together. Has plenty of space for all my gear. (keyboard, mouse, midi controller, macbook). Great for the home studio environment.
Cool but can be better!
Great table for the cost. I give it 3.5 stars because the slide out tray is very easy to break and it broke on me. I dont use it anyways for what im doing but its a shame that it broke so easily.
Nice looking. Some skill required in assembly. Works well with my DP-24 and LSR-305's. Also my laptop and wireless keyboard and headphone amplifier.
Gets the job done
Somehwat of a pain to put together (not as bad as others have described) but in the end is a great functional desk for the price. No electric drill is needed and it should only take you about two hours from beginning to end. It looks pretty slick and so far has sustained significant weight...I have a 32" LCD on the top level along with two Rokit5's and hasn't budged at all. You won't be disappointed with this purchase.
Good desk. Extra setup effort required
I bought this desk because I needed more space, and a better layout. The price was right, so I decided to buy it.
The bad part of the desk is the setup when attaching the shelves. The holes does not line up, thus causing you to make additional holes from an uncomfortable position. It also doesnít line up with the WSR7500 off the bat. So be prepared to spend a lot of time doing adjustments.
Otherwise, the desk is very good. It is big enough to put controllers on top. The top shelf for the monitors is a Godsend. It cause for a very ergonomic position while sitting at the desk. It is also pretty sturdy. I did wish it had a form of cable management, but I guess you can only ask so much for the price.
This desk is at a very good price and it is a good buy, just expect to take some extra time aligning and drilling new holes.
Nice size and easy to assemble. Worst quality laminate I've ever seen, particularly at the rounded edges. Assemble the frame very loosely. Assembly the drawer very carefully then torque the drawer screws. Lay the top piece on the frame. Manipulate the frame as you install the screws. Leave the screws loose. Do the same for the desk top. Torque the frame screws. Torque the top's screws. Very simple! Apply a few layers of ploy and this will last you many years.
The table itself is good for the price. Unless you're looking to spend 500+ on a workstation then this is great. The only reason I have rated lower was because it was a little bit of a pain to assemble. I was only missing one thing and that was a rubber stopper for the top shelf no big deal. I wanted to say that the tray table gave me a huge pain. It got stuck in the glide system and the ball bearing glide system ended up falling apart. But the great guys at Sweetwater Luke and Andrew helped me out and I was able to have a full glide system shipped to me in no time. Always great service from Luke at Sweetwater!
WS7500 Nice Desk, but Pack a Lunch!
Once assembled, the desk is great, but bring a drill, screw drivers, a decent socket wrench, and plenty of patience.
I was a mechanic and a machinist for a number of years, and I can tell you that the QC on this piece leaves much to be desired. Pilot holes that don't line up with the tabs, threaded anchors that take forever to align with the bolts, etc.
What should have taken about 20 minutes took about an hour and a half, and I am no neophyte!
It does the Job.
No doubt the cheapest workstation on the market right now that will actually fit your needs! I would rate this higher as it's really working for me nice but ehh on quality. It was a PAIN to assemble. The holes didnt line up I had to redrill them ugh. It appears to be MDF board veneered with the nice rosewood covering- it was mashed on its edges when I got it, too lazy to return it but with all my studio stuff on it -you can't tell. So in comparison to everything else out there-I would recommend this mainly cause it fulfills the need to hold your equipment and after the hassle of installation it does look nice-I have gotten a lot of complements. So it does the job and I overall would recommend it (unless you can find something cheaper or at the same price point thats better then by all means don't get this) but I'd implore the company to pay just a little more attention to detail.
Decent for the Price I guess
Once it's assembled this is a fine and useful piece of furniture for the price. Design wise, I wish the top shelf could be adjusted or at least raised a bit so I could get more vertical space on the main shelf.
I hated this thing when I was assembling it. I am quite handy, but the instructions were a bit roundabout. I'm pretty sure there could of been a better way, method or order of assembling certain things, but I stuck with what the instructions said, just in case. Certain things just was not as easy as it should have been. For example installing the wood screws to the main plate. Make sure you have adequate light to line up the holes.
The wood and metal framing materials feel a little cheap to me, but I suppose you get what you pay for.
roll with it
you'll need to rely on your own ingenuity, and you own tools, to do the job right. my hardware packets were labelled incorrectly, which resulted in having to assemble the frame twice (fyi-the shorter allen screws are for the frame). i had to reattach a draw slider that was botched at the factory; and the pilot holes for attaching the shelves didn't align properly, probably due to the frame not being perfectly square... so i made new ones. after it's all assembled, it's a solid, useful piece with lots of work surface. good bang for the buck.
Definately has some flaws
The price is low and it can fill a need but there are a lot of issues. The "wood" is vinyl cover particle board, and not all that well done. I found the upper shelf way to high, if a monitor is placed there you will be looking "up hill" at it. It also will put monitors higher than optimal for correct listening.
The stands are sturdy but be prepared to need more tools than the little one included. The "pre-drilled" screw holes for mounting the boards are no more than pin size and there is no way you will get the screws in without "stripping" the head slotting. They need to be drilled out to a larger size.
Most annoying was that one set of the tabs for the main surface mounting are right under the cross bar and only a stubby screwdriver will get them in, and that is after drilling the holes in the board larger. The fasteners for the end allen bolts in the sliding drawer box use unusual inserts that can turn in place so you will need a flat blade screwdriver to position them in order to get the allen bolt to engage. Plus putting in the box mounting to main surface allens is a pain.
Most annoying is the minimal of instructions leaving out all of the above as well as how to correctly insert the sliding drawer into the box. The slides are not well designed and one of mine fell apart right away. I ended up replacing them with more quality units. In the end I cut off the upper shelf mounting, upgraded the sliders and narrowed the main surface to reduce flat surface reflections from optimal speaker placement behind the unit.
In short the unit is inexpensive but poorly thought out as to assembly along with poor instructions. Buyers have to balance out the low price with the amount of effort to assemble and the design issues.
If it had more rigidity
If it had more rigidity I'd rate 3 1/2 stars. I personally though have no use for the pull-out keyboard panel and should have probably left it off. My eyesight is really messed up due to disabilities so the screen being on the top shelf is a bother, but I tried and it's too big to be on the lower shelf. With all the negatives out of the way, the top shelf fits a Dell U2412M and two KRK Rokit5 G2's near perfectly, and the large desk space on the middle portion is great. I have a headphone Dac and amp and they fit well on one end while I listen to music and surf the internet. I wish I had better credit score so that Sweetwater could carry more mid-range (300-500 is mid-range for people that aren't ridiculous) audiophile gear I could buy.
Oh Baby, Oh Baby.
Pretty straight forward to assemble. A little shaky. But it gets the job done.
On-Stage Stands WS7500
This is a great looking workstation and very functional. The assembly process was just a little tricky, however, I was able to figure it out.
The only thing I really don't like about this workstation is it is unstable. As I type on the keyboard tray, the stand shakes back and fourth.
I will be modifying it with a piece of heavy plywood attached to the back, main legs. I am going to paint it flat black and drill two small holes in it so I can run my cables through. This will strengthen the workstation to help make it more stable. I don't know why On-Stage didn't do this in the first place.
I do realize many workstations/desks are unstable, however, this is probably the best for the money (if you are willing on modifying it like what I will be doing soon.)
Ok as long as you dont need the sliding piece
The sliding board piece is a very poor design, the sliding mechanism does not work very well and can break easily.
I am glad I don't need this sliding section of this stand.
Does It's Job But...
I ordered this desk mainly because my current one could not fit my setup and I desperately needed something with more room. I read the previous reviews and decided to ignore them because I thought my order would come out different. I have never before had a problem with any product I've purchased through Sweetwater. I was wrong. When I first opened the box, I laid out the contents only to find out I was missing one of the wooden pieces for the bottom tray, therefor I could not install that part of the workstation. I don't really care since I didn't need that part but it would've been nice to still have the feature. Main thing wrong with this desk is that most of the screw holes do not match the frame. I am currently holding the top frame with two screws, one on each side. Same with the main surface. One of the support bars, the one for the top, does not align with one side of the frame. Forcing it together will cause the frame to bend and be unbalanced. For the most part it does it's job but I would not recommend this product to anyone.
2 workstations, both flawed, despite great customer service.
Pros: Excellent customer service.
If you're willing to work around the defects this can be a good desk for the money.
Desk seems sturdy overall.
Cons: The same quality control issues that make up the bulk of the reviews. Multiple defects in manufacturing.
I decided to roll the dice with this after reading the reviews and ended up with two of these units because Sweetwater sent me a replacement after the first was defective. Dealing with them was a breeze and a pleasure. However, both ended up having defects. I will be working around these problems and using the workstations side by side. Two defective desks kind of makes a whole I guess. The better looking options are priced astronomically higher so this still worked out.
On the first workstation, the hole for one of the feet was drilled/welded crooked and the foot became stuck after screwing it in. It would neither screw out or screw in all the way. I ended up having to use a hacksaw to remove it so it would sit flat on the welded nuts. Everything else on the desk works properly, I just can't adjust the height of it with the screw-in feet now.
On the replacement workstation I received there are two problems. First, one of the tracks for the slide out keyboard arrived damaged, bent and crooked. It would not slide correctly onto the track and became stuck. I had to disassemble the rack in order to remove the tray. I have decided for the time being not attach this to the desk until I can either hammer the damaged track so it sits flat or go to the hardware store and install new tracks. Pretty much a hassle either way so may leave as is. Secondly, the frame on this one is crooked and wobbly and would not sit level with the first workstation. The first workstation sits perfectly flat on the floor without feet and doesn't wobble. I tried loosening and retightening the bolts, pushing against the legs of the frame and it didn't improve this problem. I ended up putting some furniture slider feet on the front of the workstation and this made it almost level to the first, but not perfect. This is a good example of no two desks being the same.
Tips: You should have someone help you assemble this. The cams don't fit snug in the holes and will fall out on you if you don't have someone hold them in while you tighten bolts with the allen wrench. Using the allen wrench to poke the "pin holes" in the laminate and working them in a circular motion with the wrench is a good way to clear the path. A drill was not required for this.
Conclusion: Assembly was a headache. Price was good considering the options. If quality control issues were fixed this would be an unbeatable product. For such a simple piece of furniture it shouldn't have this many issues. Was impressed with Sweetwater customer service. Not going to press luck on a third desk despite defects.
I'm only giving this item a 2 star because it looks good visually. I would buy again, however:
1. The Main Board screw holes don't match the sides. So I basically have only one side screwed.
2. READ the instructions carefully, the instructions are worst ive seen. there are only 4 images and hard to follow instructions.
3. The Main board and the keyboard tray attaching use a smaller screw! I mistakenly used the same screws as all the other parts and damaged the wood. how frustrating. the instructions should have this highlighted and in color RED..... since the instructions say to put the board upside down so you dont really know if you are damaging the wood or not READ INSTRUCTIONS VERY CAREFULLY.
4. The keyboard tray doesn't screw in properly. so again the same issue with the main board the screw holes don't matching.
I basically have a wobbly desk that looks good
This is a really cheap desk. It's not actual wood, but a cheap, thin coating that peels with little contact. We moved it into another room and got numerous scratches.
Also, the adjustable top shelf does not align properly. We currently have it with the screw just on the right side.
I never do reviews, but I had to say, this is not worth the money.
I have plenty of experience putting to gather furniture. This desk was poorly machined and difficult to line up the connections. The desk is functional and full fills the function for my studio.
Difficult to assemble, but useful when put in use
It took a long time for two well qualified individuals to assemle the On-Stage Stand: Wooden Workstation. Many of the holes for screws did not match up and it was in some instances a new build. The directions were sketchy, but all in all it is working out now.
March 28, 2013
I would have giving this workstation a better much higher rating.
Maybe I got a bad workstation.
It is big and strong, problem I had was putting it together.
Some holes were not align correctly, I had to drill holes.
I got frustrated because I had to take it apart.
Normally putting a workstation together takes me 2 hours.
This workstation, one day.
Great for the money, but not amazing by any means
This desk is really functional, and it certainly does the job. You can't beat it for the money. Some things I didn't care for:
1.) The cheap laminate was already peeling in 2 places when I got it, and the wood underneath had been slightly warped. It was kind of what you would expect from an open box ikea item.
2.) The instructions weren't nearly specific enough. Thank God I had put together furniture before, or this could have been a disaster. If you get this piece, try to think intuitively as you put it together, and be thinking about what is required for your next step, or you could end up having to take some of it back apart like I did.
3.) The keyboard tray was the biggest challenge to get right, and it still isn't great.
Now some good points.
- It works well for what it is designed for.
- Seems to be very sturdy
Get this piece if you are desperate for a desk, but not if you have more money to spend.
Vague instructions, frustrating setup
The layout and outer looks are great. Fits my Yamaha HS5 monitors, a computer monitor, Ableton Push, Korg Minilogue, and Akai MIDI keyboard on it, with a thunderbolt hub, audio interface, and laptop.
However, there are major drawbacks, and would explain the cheap price. This is not solid wood, and the rosewood exterior is just a wrap. The screws on the tabletop ended up going straight through and creating indents on the top sheet, and there was no way of telling I went too far, because the setup requires you to start with the desktop upside down.
In addition, the instructions are vague, and the sliding shelf is incredibly frustrating to put on.
I would strongly recommend spending a bit more on a more quality desk, made of solid materials and with clear setup and better reviews.
Itís not very nice, the slide out keyboard tray has sharp rails on both sides. The only reason I donít return it is because itís already put together. I recommend Sweetwater STOP selling this product.
This desk may end up being great for recording, but the assembly is so heinous that I nearly have already thrown it out. The instructions could not be less detailed and vague. The holes are in all the wrong places. And good lord, the keyboard stand is a joke. It doesn't fit in at all. So much frustration.
Great Stand, wish the quality of the wood was better
First, I got this because the form-factor was PERFECT for my application. Also, the steel frame, although the welds were a bit sloppy, was pretty good. However, when I got it, I found the "wood" panels were the worst excuse for composite wood I've ever encountered. Every trouble I had assembling this related to that problem (1) The keyboard drawer was dumpster-food. The rails were screwed into the sides (sort of) but the wood was so soft that the screws couldn't even hold themselves in. Further, the slides were bent, but the box didn't appear to be damaged, so it must have been packed that way. (2) the main table would NOT hold the wood screws supplied. Screwing into this wood was like screwing into cardboard. I ended up drilling though and putting in thin carriage bolts to hold it.
I didn't return it because I was in a time crunch and getting another desk would take a week I didn't have. I salvaged the keyboard drawer from the previous installation to replace the one they sent, and am going to get the Church carpenter to make a replacement top of real wood, or at least composite made with some real binders.
This desk is a real winner IF you get the wood panels right
You just can't imagine....
....how frustrating and exhausting it was to assemble this product and the matching 12u rack. Mounting holes were poorly aligned and instructions were not helpful. It arrived with two scratches on the top worksurface finish. The worksurfaces are meant to be attached to the metal frame with the supplied, insufficiently sized wood screws. The included rack hardware screw heads are small and don't include protective washers. Once it's assembled and set up, it looks and works fine, but On-Stage Stands should pay you to assemble this item.
Very Poor Quality Desk.
Very poor quality product. I was not expecting an amazing wood desk and having read other various review I knew the laminate was not going to be the greatest I had ever seen. But I at leastwas expecting a functional product. Upon set up of this desk multiple of the allen screws did not line up to the holes they needed to be screwed in to as if the company did not even measure the wood when making cuts. Also the keyboard trey is very flimsy and snapped off upon initial assembly. 1 Star is being generous, I feel this product deserves no stars. I recommend you save your money instead of dealing with the hassle of returning the product and wasting two weeks.
Might be worth the $$$ if it was $1.69
This is the worst piece of furniture ever created.
1.) Directions are outright wrong in that they tell you to use screws labeled one letter, but earlier in the instructions the same letter was used for another type of bolt.
2.) You must drill or tap your own pilot holes.
3.) Picture diagrams are primitive making it harder to follow.
4.) Fake laminate bubbles on the underside of pieces.
5.) Missing black end cap (I searched and searched ... it wasn't included.
6 I foolishly bought the side table too and there is no way to tighten the leg so that significant wobble doesn't exist.
1/2 way through the installation I would have gladly payed $200 more if I knew a more expensive desk would have been easier to build and more so, better quality.
Sweetwater rules, but should dump this line. I have put a decent amount of cheap furniture together in my day so I set my expectation low when I unpacked to assemble, but I should have set my expectation way, way, way lower.
If you enjoy wasting money
If you enjoy wasting money on garbage, then by all means, purchase this desk.
This desk is maddeningly difficult to assemble, and nigh impossible to do so without wanting to smash the thing to pieces for being so incredibly poorly designed.
Do not buy this desk under any circumstances. I did, and now I have no choice but to either toss it in the trash, or leave it on the curb for some hapless soul to take.
I would personally rather drink a bucket of cyanide then have to deal with any On-Stage Stands product ever again.
Spend more - get something better
I would not buy this again. The desk is made of pressed PAPER, covered in plastic that looks sort of like wood. I'm not talking about Formica here, it is more like a heat wrapped thin layer of plastic. I've honestly never seen anything this cheap - I was marveling at it while I was putting it together. Mine was damaged in a few places during shipping, but I need something to work on right away so I can't send it back. I will replace it when I can. Rollers on the drawer already started to pop out and I have only just put it together. I know there isn't much else out there in this price range, that's why I suggest you save a little more money up and buy something better. Honestly, this thing is junk and you've been warned!
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