Just any other instrument stand, trumpet stands provide a convenient spot to store your trumpet in between uses. They come in different designs, some with better stability, some with more protection, and others with easier mobility. In our opinion, the best trumpet stand would be one that offered all three of those factors. We spent two days comparing stands and finally settled on the Hercules DS510BB and the K&M 15213 as the most ideal options. While the Hercules stand has slightly better protection, the K&M stand has slightly better mobility, so we'd recommend choosing based on your personal priorities. Article Summary
Trumpet players are among the few musicians who don’t really have a convenient way to store their instruments during sessions. Pianists have nothing to worry about since they just sit and play, guitarists never have an issue because there are always numerous guitar stands around, but trumpet players are often forced to either hold their brass throughout an entire session or make multiple trips to and from their case. After all, there’s really only two places for a trumpet, your hands or the case. No one is going to lie their $1,000+ instrument on a chair in between sets. Even the smallest dent on any of the pipes can cause irreversible damage to its performance.
The best solution for convenient trumpet storage during sessions is to invest in a stand specifically designed for holding trumpets. These simple, inexpensive products are made specifically to store your trumpet in the most secure, stable, and noninvasive way possible. They’re life savers for long sessions when you don’t feel like holding yours the entire time, and they’re also great to have in case you want to use multiple trumpets for a certain performance. Simply put, trumpet stands are a must for both convenience and security.
Trumpet stands come in a few different styles and designs, and some are certainly better than others. To find the best trumpet stand, we looked at three main factors: ergonomics, stability, and convenience. First, the stand has to be ergonomically designed to hold the trumpet in a way that is comfortable, noninvasive, and protective. Second, it has to be stable from all angles so there’s no risk of tipping or falling. Finally, it has to be convenient to use and to transport to and from sessions. After reviewing 16 different models and multiple holding styles, we’ve chosen what we consider to be the three best trumpet stands on the market right now.
The best trumpet stand overall
The first model on our list comes from Hercules. Now, you may or may not have heard about this company, but they are relatively big in the world of musical equipment and various accessories. One thing that really makes them stand out from the competition is the level of detail with which they develop their products. Nothing is done hastily, and every component has a very real purpose. Their DS510BB Trumpet Stand may come across as just another regular stand, but it is so much more than that. This trumpet holder was purpose-built for performing artists who need a lightweight, mobile platform which they can take with them anywhere they wish to go.
Let’s start from the overall design. You have a central peg which sits securely on three legs arranged into a star pattern. While this is the most common design on the market, it also happens to be the most efficient. The cone on top of which your trumpet sits while in storage is low enough to the base of the stand so that center of gravity is pretty low as well. This is key in keeping your trumpet stable so that it is not susceptible to falling even if accidentally bumped into.
The design of the cone comes into play as well. The way you store the trumpet onto a stand such as this one is by inserting the cone into the bell of the trumpet. One of the main potential issues here is getting the inside of the bell damaged by the stand. Luckily, Hercules has made serious efforts to prevent this. These efforts are shown in two ways. First and foremost, the cone is shaped in such a way that it will fit nicely with just about any trumpet size and bell design. You can rest easy knowing that everything sits snug and won’t allow for unwanted movement. The second line of defense, or should we say protection, comes in the form of velvet wrap. While the cone itself is made of durable plastics, it is wrapped in an ultra-soft velvet so that the plastic doesn’t ever come into contact with the brass itself, therefore preventing the possibility of damage.
The base of the Hercules is also pretty interesting. That central peg can be detached, and all of the legs are then able to fold. The idea behind this is that you can fold it up, put it in a bag (which is included with the stand), and easily get where you need to go. Once there, just unfold the legs, insert the peg in its place and you are good to go. This brings this stand’s convenience level to the top tier, with transport being as easy as possible.
Aside from structural stability, one of the main questions that needed to be considered was how durable and reliable the materials are. You will often see stands made of different types of metal, but there are also a fair number of composite ones like this Hercules model. Each has its pros and cons, but generally speaking, composite materials tend to be more beneficial. The advantage of having a composite stand is that it’s much more lightweight while still offering the same stability and durability. For example, Hercules chose a pretty thick and sturdy plastic composite to build their parts, which is one of the reasons it works so well.
Even though trumpet stands aren’t overly expensive to begin with, the DS510BB is among the more exclusive models on the market. With that said, we’re only talking roughly $10 over most other models, so it’s by no means beyond reach. In the end, you will choose the best trumpet stand for yourself based on how much you value your instrument. If you want the best, going with the Hercules Trumpet Stand comes as a logical decision.
The best stand if mobility is your top priority
Compared to Hercules, the K&M Trumpet Stand brings a slightly different design and a lower price tag. Konig & Meyer took a different approach with this model, designing in it a way that allows the entire stand to fold up and fit within the trumpet’s bell for the most convenient storage and transport. The only reason why K&M’s stand is in the second place is the fact that Hercules offered slightly better bell protection with its full-velvet peg, which we considered a very important factor. With that said, K&M’s protection is still more than sufficient, and if mobility is at the top of your priority list, this is definitely worth a look.
Starting from top to bottom, we see a well-shaped cone that sits very low. In fact, it is much lower than the Hercules. The main benefit of this particular design is the lower, and thus much more stable center of gravity. Unlike the Hercules which is fully wrapped in velvet, the cone on K&M’s trumpet stand features only a few velvet patches at its very base. K&M went full minimalist with this approach, counting on the fact that the bell of your trumpet will only need these several points of contact in order to sit stable on the stand. Although it might not be as much coverage as Hercules’ holder, the patches provided on the cone definitely do prevent any damage to the inside of the bell. After all, that is all that really matters.
Moving on to the base of the stand, we see a much more complex star pattern. Instead of three legs, K&M went with five. The reason for this is pretty obvious: more stability. The legs are also made of metal, which also gives them another notch in the stability department. Typically, metal legs are a bit of a drawback due to their added weight, but K&M has managed to keep the weight down considerably by making the legs thinner. It’s also worth noting that having a reduced diameter of the legs didn’t affect the strength of said legs in any significant way. Their metal construction still provides more than enough durability.
Similar to the our top pick, the K&M’s legs feature a folding design for easy transport. However, K&M goes even a step further in the mobility department. Once you unscrew the five-legged base from the peg, the legs fold up and can then be inserted back into the peg (the other way around) for storage. This allows the stand to remain fitted in the bell and stored with the trumpet in the case. When it comes to mobility, this is by far the easiest model to work with. Check out how it works below.
At the end of the day, the Hercules model still comes on top with its protective nature and a price tag that isn’t that much higher. However, if mobility is most important to you, the K&M Stand is the best trumpet stand out there considering it is the only one with a compact folding design that allows it to physically be stored within the trumpet and fit inside the case, rather than carried separately.
A great bang for your buck
Last but not least we have the Hamilton KB950. This brand has been in the business of making various types of stands dedicated to a variety of instruments for a long time. The model we are looking at today belongs to their more affordable lineup. On the same note, it is generally among the most affordable trumpet stands worth investing in. Needless to say, Hamilton took it down to the very basics. There is nothing overly fancy about this product other than offering the simplest way to keep your trumpet safe while it is outside of the case.
The cone itself is pretty well shaped, allowing it to be used with the majority of standard trumpets. They do provide some cushioning on the cone, but it’s quite a bit less than the other two models, so this definitely warrants some care during use. The cone sits relatively low on the peg, although it could have been lower. Center of mass is decently balanced in a way that prevents the whole stand from tipping over.
An interesting thing about this particular cone is just how far up it extends. Most of the models on the market have a short cone like the ones we have seen up until now. This extended cone goes much deeper into the bell of the trumpet, which has its benefits as well as drawbacks. It is always good to have an extended contact surface with the instrument, but on the other hand, the lack of proper protection might become an issue.
Moving down to the base, we see an extremely basic solution. There are three legs which are all connected to the hub located at the bottom of the central peg. The legs can be folded in, just like on a regular mic stand, making it easy to put inside your gig bag. However, you should always make sure that the legs are fully extended before resting your trumpet on the stand. There is no locking mechanism that will ensure that the legs are in their optimal position, which opens up a possibility that the entire thing might become unstable if you are not careful enough.
With all that said, the Hamilton KB950 is a rather affordable model that anyone can get for their trumpet. If you have a cheaper, practice trumpet, this might work as the best trumpet stand for you. On the other hand, we always suggest you get the best one you can, especially considering that the difference in price between the best and average is pretty small. In the long run, it’s always better to invest in a good quality stand than to risk it, no matter how cheap or expensive your trumpet is.
How we picked our top three
As with most instrument accessories, choosing the best trumpet stand will come down to your personal preferences. However, regardless of your intended use, there are certain characteristics that set some models ahead of others. We chose our top three based on stability, protection, and mobility. Since the price of these stands doesn’t vary wildly (they’re all around $20-40), cost didn’t come into play as much as with other equipment.
Considering the purpose they serve, a stand’s stability is the most important aspect that needs to be top-notch. When determining stability, there are three key factors to look at: leg design and center of gravity. Naturally, more legs are better for stability, but that doesn’t mean that a three-legged model won’t be as sturdy as a five-legged model. This is where the center of gravity comes into play. If the cone of the stand is set low to the ground, it offers a lower center weight, thus providing more stability. We compared leg designs and cone positions of each model in order to determine how stable they would be and how well they would hold up to accidental bumps or knocks.
Material construction is often considered when discussing stability, but it didn’t come into play much for trumpet stands, and here’s why. Trumpet stands come in both metal and composite (plastic) arrangements. At first thought, metal is stronger than plastic, but truth be told, modern day composites can be every bit as good performance-wise compared to an all-metal construction. Knowing this, we did not place any sort of weight on metal versus plastic. Instead, we just verified that the materials constructed well and did not have any serious stability issues.
Even the most active trumpet players out there often times forget just how fragile the trumpet is and how easy it is to damage it. Placing a trumpet on a stand which doesn’t have a padded cone is just asking for trouble. Sure, these imperfections won’t be visible from the outside, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there and won’t create performance issues. To help prevent these small mistakes from happening, we specifically looked for stands which offered some sort of padded cone. We found that some brands (such as K&M) chose to add small pieces of soft material in several places where the cone comes into contact with the bell, while other brands (such as Hercules) go the extra mile and completely wrap the cone in soft material in order to ensure 100% bell protection. While the first style does offer sufficient protection of the bell, we chose the full-coverage approach as better because it offers the most protection.
What good is a stand that’s a pain to use? Convenience comes in two forms: ease of use and ease of transport. Trumpet stands are all fairly simple by design, but because of how fragile trumpets themselves can be (in terms of susceptibility to dents and damage), we wanted to make sure that each model was simple enough to setup and use without requiring a whole lot of effort. After verifying this, we also considered mobility. Generally speaking, plastic stands are much easier to transport than metal stands. However, there are certain products that are specifically built with compact folding features for easy transport. This played a big role in why the Hercules and K&M were our top picks, because of their pure convenience and unique transport features.
Things to consider before buying
Although we’ve picked the best trumpet stands based on our own generalized factors, there are a couple of additional questions to consider to ensure you’re choosing the right stand for your own personal needs.
How do you plan to use the stand?
Before you buy, one of the first things to consider is your intended application. Are you searching for something to use strictly at home? Or do you intend to take it with as you go gigging? Answering this relatively simple question will narrow down your options to those that will work best for you. Not only are ’static’ stands cheaper than their mobile counterparts, but they often offer superior support. On the other hand, having a stand that’s easily transportable can make a world of difference if you are constantly on the road touring.
Do you have multiple trumpets?
Versatility isn’t one of the regular attributes you would think of when discussing trumpet stands. However, it can still play a role in your decision making. The main question here is how many trumpets are you able to store on a specific stand, and whether or not the cones are adjustable. Those who have more than one trumpet will definitely benefit from a universal design (each of our top picks is universal) simply because it is much cheaper and more practical to get a single stand for all of your instruments than to pick up a separate stand for each individual instrument. In addition, not all trumpets are made equal, so being able to change the length of the stand’s peg is essential for optimal performance. When it comes to available adjustments that you can make, the height of the central peg comes to mind as the most important.
Wrapping it up
Most people who have never used a trumpet stand tend to see them as something that would be cool to have, but also something that can be lived without. However, switching from regular case use will leave you wondering how you ever managed without one. Their convenience is unparalleled, and for an average price of $20-30, they’re pretty cheap to pick up. Based on our research, the models shown in our guide are the best trumpet stands on the market. Each stand shown is unique in its own little way, from mobility to stability to cost, but all are great options for storing your trumpet in between sessions.