DIY Music Stand Carrying Bag

You never know when you’ll need an extra music stand. I remember wishing we had more stands at last year’s IT Christmas caroling fun, so I decided to buy one in time for this year’s party. Also, once in a blue moon, if I’m rehearsing with friends, I’d often wish I had another stand. Maybe I just don’t like sharing. Actually, I have a hard time seeing the little black dots sometimes so I need my eyes as close to the page as possible.

I ended up getting a black ProLine music stand, which I do NOT recommend. Even though my silver Belmonte is… Whoa! Twenty years old! …it feels a lot sturdier in my hands than does the brand-new ProLine. I’m just trying not to be so picky… Of course, every time I use the black stand I’m going to think that I SHOULD have gone from store to store comparing all of the music stands out there!

Though the Belmonte stand is great, the brown carrying bag that it came in is a bit clunky, and it’s beginning to show its age. I’ve been wanting to make my own for a while now, and having two stands (actually three*) gives me the motivation to actually complete my first “real” sewing project. I don’t think hemming pants counts as a real sewing project.

My design criteria:

  • separate compartments for the two sets of stands (to minimize movement and scratching)
  • must hold 2 music stands
  • magnetic snap enclosures for fast and easy in/out access of the stands
  • sturdy construction
  • comfortable strap length, which conveniently places the stands on top of my violin case as I’m toting everything around

All in all, I think it turned out really well, even if I do say so myself!

My main music stand is actually a Manhasset Voyager, a GREAT, STURDY stand. I only wish the “desk” were magnetic, but I still highly recommended this stand. It’s supposed to be portable, but in practice, it’s much easier to tote around a folding music stand — or two!

Lookin’ (& Soundin’) Fine

After getting my latest violin hickey, I went on a mini-spending spree on my violin.  In addition to buying a new shoulder rest, I bought a case and a set of fine tuners from eBay!  I have silver ones from my student days, but that looks too amateurish.  Well, if your violin has any fine tuners at all, except for on the E string, then it makes you look like a dilettante, but I AM an amateur, so I guess that’s okay!  I need all the help with tuning that I can get.  I still cringe at how badly out of tune my guitar was when I made that recording that I posted YouTube…  Oh well.  I don’t expect to re-record it anytime soon.

Now I’m eagerly awaiting the violin case.  It’s a bit of a gamble buying things like violin cases on eBay.  I’m hoping that it will be at least better than my thermoplastic student case that deformed when I put it too close to the heater when I was practicing in middle school.

The new case should arrive on Tuesday!

A set of black fine tuners from eBay!

On a completely unrelated note, I REALLY need to change the theme/layout of this site…  These brown hues are too old-timey for my tastes.  But I’ve been distracted by other things.  Maybe I’ll get around to it next week.