This has been on my mind of late, so here it is again. Originally posted October 29, 2011.
Too often we don't think about things we need to be successful that aren't a drum, cymbal or stick.
One of the most important? A good music stand.
There are many good choices, but this one is my favorite: http://www.manhasset-specialty.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=page&pageID=3
Well worth the money in terms of stability, durability and ease of use. I can't stress enough how important your music stand is to your success.
Despite its all-metal construction, this stand is relatively light-weight and has few parts. Less parts means less parts that can break or fail. Also, the stand is sturdy enough to hold some percussion goodies - like a triangle clipped to the desk, or sticks and mallets on a towel with the desk set flat.
Get a good music stand, put it where you practice, and use it every day.