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« Reply #40 on: Aug 09, 2017, 08:56PM »

This sounds like a better plan  Good!

A band with three gigs a year and copies in the band book is not worth $2k. The thing of value seems to be the stands. Are they old? If they are 15 years old or more and in working order they could be worth about $4-$5 each (my guess) but just google ebay and you find what they are worth. A big band has 13-16 stands.

Since you are starting fresh you'll need stands. I guess $100 is a fair price for all the old stands. To be sure you just google any equipment to find out the ebay value.

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The stands are a few years old, barely used, red and white plastic corrugated folding stands with storage bags.  https://www.musicity.com/Music-stand-Swing-It-Jazz-Ensemble-Band-Music-Stands-5-pack-with-carrying-case.html He said he has $800 in them including deluxe bags.  However, the band doesn't like them except for the saxes.   If we get stands like this, we'll stick with five.
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« Reply #41 on: Aug 10, 2017, 08:13AM »

The stands are a few years old, barely used, red and white plastic corrugated folding stands with storage bags.  https://www.musicity.com/Music-stand-Swing-It-Jazz-Ensemble-Band-Music-Stands-5-pack-with-carrying-case.html He said he has $800 in them including deluxe bags.  However, the band doesn't like them except for the saxes.   If we get stands like this, we'll stick with five.
We just use 5 too.
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« Reply #42 on: Aug 10, 2017, 03:37PM »

We just use 5 too.
As a trombonists with a slide to deal with and bifocals as well, I find stage band stands to be a pain in the neck!!  I've finally convinced our band leader (a pianist) to use these just for the first row of saxes. 
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« Reply #43 on: Aug 10, 2017, 04:45PM »

... I find stage band stands to be a pain in the neck!!  I've finally convinced our band leader to use these just for the first row of saxes. 

 Good!
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« Reply #44 on: Aug 11, 2017, 05:38AM »

As a trombonists with a slide to deal with and bifocals as well, I find stage band stands to be a pain in the neck!!  I've finally convinced our band leader (a pianist) to use these just for the first row of saxes. 

I fought with bifocals for years.  No matter what stands I had to play from, I was constantly struggling to see the music.  I finally got a special pair of glasses specifically for reading music at a 2-3 foot range, and life is easy again.

That being said, in a big band setting, I prefer fronts to regular music stands for a variety of reasons.
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« Reply #45 on: Aug 11, 2017, 12:47PM »

Good!
I sooooooo agree! 
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« Reply #46 on: Aug 12, 2017, 07:37AM »

As a trombonists with a slide to deal with and bifocals as well, I find stage band stands to be a pain in the neck!!  I've finally convinced our band leader (a pianist) to use these just for the first row of saxes. 

In the band I'm playing the trombones are the first row ;-)

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« Reply #47 on: Aug 12, 2017, 10:00AM »

In the band I'm playing the trombones are the first row ;-)

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« Reply #48 on: Aug 12, 2017, 09:48PM »

He only THINKS he's in the front row because the wagon is moving backwards.
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« Reply #49 on: Aug 12, 2017, 10:26PM »

My Shriner big band played on a very wide but shallow stage.  We wound up putting the rhythm in the center, saxes stage right with the trumpets behind them, and trombones stage left with the piano behind us.  My ears never had it so good ;-)
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