I come from a little town in the middle of nowhere, the only stands that our high school had were the Mannhasset ones, and I never knew about wire music stands before I came to the city. The first wire stand I got was this one. It lasted me twice as long as my buddy's. The mistake he made was he didn't get the On-Stage brand. They're portable, durable, and fit in most instrument cases. I slide mine in the front pocket of my sax case and take it every where I go. Get you one and enjoy the great flexibility of a stand wherever you go!