How to Repair a Manhasset Music Stand

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Things You'll Need

  • Rag or cloth
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Hammer
  • WD-40

Since 1935, Manhasset music stands have been an integral part of many music classrooms across the country. Today, they can also be found in a majority of recording studios and performance spaces. Because they get so much use, the music stands often get damaged. However, the design has been modified over the years for quick and easy fixing. Even the best of music stands require repair every now and then.

How to Repair a Manhasset Music Stand

Inspect the stand from bottom to top. Make repairs to the bottom first to ensure the heavy stand has a strong foundation. Hammer out dents or dings gently, being careful not to damage the finish.

Tighten the bolt on the bottom of the three feet that make up the bottom foundation. It might be covered in grease, so use a cloth to get a good grip. If uneven, rotate the feet until they get to the desired position, then tighten the bolt.

Straighten the bottom part of the pole that is the black outer surface of the stand. If there are any bends, they must be straightened so the inner pole can move freely while telescoping or spinning.

Open the stand to its maximum height and spray the inner silver pole with WD-40 to lubricate. Close the stand, spin and repeat until finding the desired amount of friction.

Straighten any bends in the top of the stand (where the music sits). Some Manhasset stands have a second part attached behind the stand that is used to hold sheet music. Dents to this part can be easily removed by hand, but doing so is unnecessary for the function of the music stand.


  • If the stand needs touch-up paint, use flat black acrylic spray.


  • Be careful not to over-bend the metal. If using a hammer, put a piece of cloth between the dent and the hammer to protect the finish.


About the Author

Gregory Pavliv is a curriculum designer who has been writing professionally since 2005. His curriculum has been featured on the documentary, "Classroom Close-Up." He has a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts in instructional and curriculum design from the University of Phoenix.

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