Singing The Praise Of A Pretreatment Change
Forget about road salt, chemicals, petroleum or any other corrosive agent when you think about some of the harshest environments a coated product might endure to test its finish.
Try middle and high school band students, many of whom are probably using a music stand made by Manhasset Specialty Company in Yakima, Washington, one of the pioneers in equipment that holds sheet music for everyone from maestros and concert violinists to third-grade school bands.
Inventor and company founder Otto Lagervall developed a better quality music stand back in 1935, one that featured the best materials and workmanship to withstand the rigors of a symphony movement of an elementary school recital. So much so that the company offers a lifetime warranty on the stands, and it’s a good bet that many newly-trained bassoonists and trumpeters have tried to take them up on their offer.
“I have used Manhasset stands since I was a child,” says Douglas Whitaker, director of operations for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. “I personally prefer Manhasset over competing brands due to weight and bulk. I can pick up three Manhassets in each hand and walk.”
John Demick, stage manager for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, says the Manhasset stands are resilient.
“Simply the best music stand on the market; rugged and durable, yet light for easy movability,” he says. “And Manhasset was kind enough to customize the color to meet our specific needs at Symphony Hall in Boston, which was most appreciated.”