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Stage Right Lighting Stand System with Truss
Take your stage equipment on the go and setup anywhere with this Lighting Stand System with Truss from Monoprice!
This trussing system offers easy set-up and high stability for your professional equipment. It can also be used as a mounting system for a large format projector screen. It comes with two tripods that telescope to 12.5 feet, featuring two locking grooved pins. Also included are two T-bars with four mounting points each and two, five foot trusses that securely lock together to create a ten foot wide span, or be used separately. This system is perfect for mobile DJs, bands, or even to use as rentals.
- 220 lbs Maximum Load
- Extends up to 12.5 ft tall
- Has 36 different mounting locations
- T-bars are 4 ft wide
- Spans 10 ft wide using the trusses
- Weighs 53 lbs
- Tripod base adjustable up to 3.5 ft wide
- User's Manual (Jul 18, 2013)
There are quite a few pieces to this puzzle, and unfortunately, the documentation doesn't label them at all. It will say things like "select truss bar assembly which has a short tube", etc. It would be great if the manufacturer had a legend at the beginning of the instructions (like 95% of all instructions include), that shows a layout of all your parts, as well as the names of them. After spending thirty minutes on the first three steps, I realized I had the parts backwards, and had to start all over.
My only other issue (I have two of these stands, and this happened with both of them) is that the holes between products don't always line up. I've had to drill holes myself in order to get all the T-connectors installed. It would be better if all the holes lined up.
These appear to be strong aluminum stands and overall, the build quality seems high. It is also an amazing value, as I've spent more for just one tripod. With this system, you get 2 tripods and about 10 feet of truss to use.
PROS: Build Quality for the most part is decent. Seems pretty heavy duty.
CONS: NO documentation/instructions shipped with the product. Have to go back to the Monoprice website to find them. Holes don't all line up — requires user drilling, possibly compromising the structural integrity.
PROS: This lighting stand is well constructed and completely as advertised. I've use similar lighting stands from Guitar Center, Musician's Friend, and American Musical Supply and this stand is of the same quality or better and at a much cheaper price.
CONS: As with all the other lighting stands I've used from competitors there is a bit of rusty dust inside part of the telescoping piece of the stand.
Monoprice seems to have listened to previous reviews, as the unit I received had instructions with images to help identify the parts. The instructions could certainly have been clearer, but it wasn't too hard to figure it out and get the whole thing set up.
PROS: Inexpensive and sturdy
CONS: Bulky. The minimum height of the unit I received seems to be around 8 feet, so keep that in mind if your vertical space is limited (using it in normal house situations)
PROS: The price is right. It's stable, and tall, once you get it together.
CONS: Cumbersome to assemble. The fasteners used strip VERY easily. The quality of steel in the fasteners is really bad. There is one section that slides into the other section, and the way the shoulder is, it gets wedged in there very easily and is nearly impossible to pull apart again. Some of the holes don't line up very well either.
PROS: Extremely good value
Great quality, especially considering the price
PROS: Very Versatile, quick setup, parts in changeable.
CONS: Plastic needs strengthening on joints, or some form of upgrade part.
PROS: Seems to be solid once it's assembled. Price is great, less than a single stand elsewhere.
CONS: No instructions included. Took some trial and error, as well as referring to pictures online to get it assembled.