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How I organize my Elektron Setup - Jaspers Alu Keyboard Stand

Updated: Sep 17, 2021



After I published my last video, many of you guys asked me what kind of great stand I use for my setup. That's why I've put together a few photos and my experiences with this system.


It is a stand from "Jaspers Alu-Systeme". I think Jaspers is a well known name in the music industry for high-quality studio accessories. They have specialised in making stands for instruments, you can find all the information on their Website.


The racks are made from, well, aluminium and available in many different versions - high, low, rollable, for modular, large keyboards and they also have speaker stands. There are also various accessories, such as laptop holders that can be attached to the stand.


The stands are absolutely robust and hold even heavy synthesizers perfectly in position while performing. Unfortunately, this also has its price: for my rack, the 3R-105B that can hold 3 instruments per default, the manufacturer charges 322.00 Euros.


What the manufacturer says about this Keyboard Stand


Here is the description from the manufacturer's site:


"JASPERS 3R-105B Keyboard Stand with rollers, two rollers can be locked. Made in Germany, from black anodized aluminium with 3 tiers, height 128 cm, width 115 cm, inner width 105 cm, depth 50 cm, with handwheels, upper tiers with memory clamps. The lower tier is supplied with holders of 60 cm length, is strengthened by a second tube and can be used for heavy instruments. Other holders of 40 cm length. All tiers height adjustable and inclinable. Weight capacity: bottom tier up to 40 kgs, upper tiers up to 15 kgs.


Suitable accessories: further holders, monitor holders, micro boom arm, music stand, laptop stand."


The foot castors are not included with every stand and can be easily fixed.
The foot castors are not included with every stand and can be easily fixed.
The clamps hold the instruments tightly and protect them from drifting off.
The clamps hold the instruments tightly and protect them from drifting off.

How many instruments can this Keyboard Stand hold


I have the two small Elekton boxes and the rather heavy Peak on the upper shelf, the Oktatrack and the TB-03 underneath, and my mixer and a few pedals at the bottom (also read this article).


The Stand can hold a lot of gear and is pretty robust
The Stand can hold a lot of gear and is pretty robust

You should know that this rack comes with a total of 3 shelves, so calculate extra costs for additional brackets eventually.


These are available in different lengths, but you just have to bear in mind that the short ones are difficult to place under the long ones. Each extra pair of brackets costs another 35-45 Euros. I've bought my extensions from time to time and started with the factory set first plus 1 extra pair.


By the way, I ordered everything from Thomann, they are a few euros cheaper than the manufacturer :)


Construction and quality


The clamps themselves are screwed onto the bars with an Allen key. For each bracket, 2 screws have to be loosened - I recently re-ordered all my gear in the setup, which took a while until everything was back in place. That makes this stand a pure studio rack - it's not ment for being used on stage and the assembling would need too much time.


But the construction is really robust and the clamps can be tightened well. The same applies to the handwheels, which are made of plastic, but they grip well.


The brackets are adjustable in height and are fixed with allen screws
The brackets are adjustable in height and are fixed with allen screws
I bought 2 pairs of the very small holders and use them for pedals. Not really optimal, better suited for small keyboards.
I bought 2 pairs of the very small holders and use them for pedals. Not really optimal, better suited for small keyboards.

My opinion about the Jaspers Keyboard Stand


What I like about this system:


- Very robust

- Flexible

- Extendable

- Durable


What I like less


- Expensive


Conclusion


Despite all the robustness, you have to ask yourself whether it makes sense for a hobby musician to spend so much money on an instrument stand or better invest it into a new synth.


I used an Ikea stand before (when my studio was still a "bedroom"- Studio and space was limited) - it was originally ment to be a shoe shelf, 50 cm wide for a total cost of 160 Euro.



When I look back, I can only tell you that it was hard to spent so much, but I don't regret - it was a very good decision to go for this stand. It's much more fun to work and it's pleasing me every day when I turn on power and start creating.


There are various alternatives of course, Jaspers is not the only company making Keyboard stands. These are mostly fixed, that means you cannot add additional brackets to it. And that doesn't automatically makes them cheaper :)


How do you organise your rig? Maybe you have tips for low-budget solutions?


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