I bought this stand for my son for 6th grade percussion class, figuring I would save a few bucks off of the Remo stand that normally comes with the pad. That was in August 2011. Bad idea. By Christmas both wingnuts were stripped, and the screw at the bottom kept coming loose. I've spent the last several months trying everything I can think of to keep this thing together until the end of the school year. It's now the end of March and the stand has given up the ghost. I have no choice but to admit defeat and go out and buy the Remo stand I should have bought in the first place so my son will have something to practice on for the last two months of the school year. I should have known it wouldn't be worth it to try and save a couple of bucks, but it's not like I was investing in a quality instrument here. I just wanted something to last a school year, a measely nine months. This thing barely lasted six.