Wow - are we beating this to death or what? I never really thought about it that much. I positioned the stand high enough so that looking over it to see the conductor wasn't that big of an issue, and if I just had to have my head buried in the music, I could still see the conductor enough through peripheral vision that it wasn't an issue. And I played off to the side - not into the stand. To me it was a matter of pragmatism - don't blow into the stand and place it where you can see what you need to see. Doesn't seem to difficult to me.