Yes Patrick. Manhasset music stands are great. I use mine when I solo in church. At home I use the orchestra stand that I custom made. Still for tutoring I use folding stands carried in cases and they "make do" for what I need. My point was to get the beginner sitting properly while practicing at home. It will be a long time before he'll be dragging a stand around to gigs like you do. I could also say, I used folding stands all the way through high school and college, albeit in college, the college provided Manhasset type when in concert on stage. Too, there are desk/table top stands that could be used at home also, and with a little innovation could be made from recycled corrugated boxes. Certainly, the elementary school music books such as Essential Elements [I/] are neither as heavy or thick as a gig book. As my granddaughter began to learn flute, her teacher required she provide a folding stand. She carries hers in a rolled engineering drawing resin case that Granddad provided her as he did her flute.