So realistically you are looking for an amplifier stand for one of two reasons; you brought a smaller amp to save cargo or you brought a big amp and want it pointed at you so your singer doesn’t continually whine how loud you are. In either scenario you aren’t looking for something big and bulky to showcase your Erector Set skills off.
The Standback is made of a plastic triangle, a foam block and some 1” wide straps. Once I got it out of the box and read the directions I had it setup in about a minute. Basically there’s a clasp to turn and two buttons to snap. Sorry there are no safeties to pinch your fingers in or stripped knobs to crank! Here’s a few pictures of the assembly;
Now that it’s assembled, all you need to do is center the foam block under the back of the amp. I experimented and found about 1” deep to be the magic angle for most cabs and combos. Make sure the stand is at a good straight angle and the straps are evenly tight.
I walked around it, stomped a bit, cranked the amp up and played a bit and couldn’t seem to knock it over. Here is a front view;
A few other quick things I discovered when testing the Standback; it doesn’t like wheels. Because the foam block cannot properly grip the underside of your amp. It truly will support amps and cabinets up to 100 pounds. Among them the infamous 80 pound Peavey TKO bass combo and an Ampeg 8×10 (I know I know you wouldn’t really want to angle it, but hey I needed to know!)
Storage is great. I can disassemble and store in the slim shipping box or well if you’re like me, a guy who keeps a closet of pre-tied neckties, you can fit it in some guitar cases or gig bag pockets and since there’s no big honking metal parts, I feel it’s safe to store in the back of an open back speaker cabinet.
Street Price: $24 on the Standback site listed above.
Coming Up: The people at Standback also sent me the FlapJack, a handy disc that you can hang off your speaker grill to block certain harsh frequencies.