Furniture solution for music practice space

Often when I’m practicing on one of my instruments I wish that my music stand was better suited for organizing and storing all the things I use when engaged in that activity:

In looking for a good solution, I came across an interesting organizational solution for the problem. It’s called the Musician’s Center and it’s built by Innovative Music Furniture, L.L.C.

It appears to be very well constructed and it seems to keep everything needed well organized and easily accessible. The build quality probably justifies the $2000 price, but it would also be easy enough to go the Ikeahacker route and convert a small bookshelf or nightstand by attaching the top of a music stand.

13 Comments for “Furniture solution for music practice space”

  1. posted by Another Deb on

    I am going to suggest this idea to my bass-shredding husband. I believe that the old glass-fronted towers from stereo equipment may work. I have used them in the past as overhead projector carts, display cabinets in my classroom and as podiums, depending on the size. And you can commonly find them at yard sales and Goodwill stores.

  2. posted by Nora on

    But the height of the music stand is not adjustable! Why would you want such a thing? To me, this verges on Unitasker territory (and I’m a professional musician & college music professor). Not being able to adjust the height of the stand will lead to discomfort in playing and eventual neck/back problems for anyone who isn’t a particular height.

    Also, if you need more than three pages of music out at one time, you’re pretty much screwed, as stand extensions won’t fit on that wooden stand, and if you require a mirror to check technique while practicing, again you’re in trouble, as the solid construction will block your view of what your hands are doing.

    The market for this is very limited, I think. Better to go with a traditional Manhasset-style stand and rig up a separate storage solution. There’s no point losing functionality and adaptability to gain storage that could easily be accommodated another way (say, via a cabinet with wheels that you can roll in and out as needed).

  3. posted by Sunny Paris on

    Also, if you are a trombone player, you’ve no place to put your slide, which generally sits to the right of the base of the music stand.

    When my stand isn’t in use, I have my wedding photo sitting on it, so it looks nice in the living room. All of my stuff is in a large hope chest type thing.

  4. posted by PJ Doland on

    @Nora – If you click through to the page with detailed photos, you’ll see that the music stand is, in fact, height adjustable. You just can’t tell from the angle of the photo in our post.

  5. posted by mbs on

    Note that you can turn *any* older, discarded Ipod into a music player with variable speed by replacing its firmware with Rockbox (which is free).

    So no need to buy a $200 bulky unit if you only buy it because you need this feature.

  6. posted by PJ Doland on

    @mbs – There’s also a couple of relatively inexpensive iPhone apps that enable variable speed playback without altering pitch.

    The Tascam unit we linked to in the post has a few other cool features, such as built-in effects and a headphone output for your guitar signal, an integrated tuner and a metronome. It’s more of a general practice aid than just a variable speed MP3 player.

  7. posted by mbs on

    @PJ Doland

    Thanks for clearing up why you linked to this unit. I just wanted to point out that you can get this feature with a old player for “free” if you consider it to be as important as I do…

    I’d probably not use an IPhone for it: It’s even more expensive than a $200 player and still pretty expensive to use outside of the US- If you already own one that’s a different story…

  8. posted by Rue on

    Would love something like this for my husband – I hate having his music stand lying around! The sucky thing is that this cabinet doesn’t come in black or white, which is what most of our furniture and accessories are. Guess I’ll have to Ikeahack! Probably for the best anyway, since hubby needs lots of storage for all the oboe gear…

  9. posted by Trixi on

    @ PJ ~ i clicked through, and unless I’m missing something, the stand height is NOT adjustable ~ only the ANGLE of the stand is adjustable. And that is not the same thing.

  10. posted by dugsdale on

    Actually, this post opens a serious can’o’worms that I’d been hoping Unclutterer would tackle definitively at some point: what to do (gracefully and with utility) about ALL the paraphernalia attached to having, and practicing, multiple instruments: the instruments, their cases, the bales of music (sheet music, methods, orchestral parts) for each, plus pencils, reeds, mouthpieces, reed-adjusting materials, tuners and metronomes, instrument cases, and so on–and while I’ve seen a few attractive layouts in the Flickr pool, they ain’t the real world I live in, baby!

  11. posted by Laura on

    Interesting idea, but definitely wouldn’t work for me! Looks like it would just get in the way of my cello when playing, and the height adjustment would be absolutely necessary. I have a hard time finding a big open space in which to practice so I’m not stabbing things with my bow.. 😛

  12. posted by drmk on

    This is why I read this website … the stand itself is of no use to me (and seems sort of unwieldy), but the Tascam unit and the comments about Rockbox pre-emptively solve a problem I was GOING to have in the future but didn’t know I was going to have.

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