Our Church has a number of pianists who like to sit down when playing, and a number, who especially when leading worship, stand to play. This means we are constantly re-setting a very tricky adjustable keyboard stand. It also means that we are constantly moving the keyboard, leading to strain on the wires etc.

Does anyone know of a keyboard stand that can be moved from seated to standing height without removing the keyboard? Something like a barber's chair, or these new-fangled sit-stand desks?

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  • This would be a good idea in a lot of circumstances. I'm already thinking about replacing the strut on a more solid X-stand (not a flimsy one) with a large, coarse screw thread with a turnwheel on its end. – Tim Apr 25 '18 at 9:20
  • Gear searches are off topic, although this one is interesting. What about just using one of those new fangled standing desks? They do tend to be pretty expensive and sometimes can’t go low enough for keyboards, although the same could be said about many keyboard stands. – Todd Wilcox Apr 25 '18 at 11:57
  • the sit-stand desks seem to be the best idea – NullCoderExists Apr 25 '18 at 12:29
  • Pertinent to this case is that some players will stand to play an upright or a grand piano. Both are approximately the same height, keys wise. Those people don't seem to have a problem. – Tim Apr 25 '18 at 14:25

It might be cheaper and easier to install two keyboards on a double tier stand. I have seen sitting/standing configurations for performance with multiple keyboards.

Otherwise, as the comments suggest, re-purposing other equipment for the keyboard may work. Adjustable standing/sitting desks if they are the right size, or a product like VariDesk which is electric or hydrolic if I remember correctly. Generally I don't think these kind of products are intended for quick switching, and may give you some lag time as you do the switch.

A clever cabinet maker may be able to offer you a custom design shelf/table that has a quick lift up and down also. There are quick adjust tables available for disabled access and similar needs, so the hardware is already available for building a custom configuration.

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Every keyboard stand I own is in-place adjustable as long as there are two extra people available to take the weight of the keyboard, one each end. If you're unlucky enough to have a 'very tricky' one, plenty of simple ones are available. I prefer an X-frame with a bracing cross-piece rather than the ones that take all the strain at the pivot.

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  • Is this really an answer? Because it seems more like a joke that would go better as a comment. – Todd Wilcox Apr 25 '18 at 13:11
  • Why do you think it's a joke? – Laurence Payne Apr 25 '18 at 13:20
  • I think having two people on either side holding the keyboard while a third person adjusts the stand is pretty clearly what the asker of the question is trying to stop doing. – Todd Wilcox Apr 25 '18 at 13:28
  • Well, it's how you do it. – Laurence Payne Apr 25 '18 at 13:29
  • I reckon that the OP is hoping for a stand that is adjustable without resorting to a person at each end of the keyboard (some are hefty) while another adjusts the stand's height. yes, that's how you do it - now. But several times in a service? More than inconvenient. – Tim Apr 25 '18 at 14:27

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