But I find it isn't steady enough. The leg at the back is shorter than the other two and I find that this makes it a bit 'wobbly', especially when putting the fiddle on it or taking it off. At my last gig I accidently brushed against the stand (gently) and the whole thing toppled over with my fiddle on it! Thankfully my fiddle wasn't damaged but I don't want that happening again!
Any advice or good examples of stands would be really appreciated. Thank you!
I have the Hercules stand that you bought and I really like it. The trick to it is that when you extend the legs, you stop extending them when they reach their maximum 'reach'. At that point, the stand has its maximum stability. If you keep 'extending' them past that point, the stability of the stand decreases to the point where it becomes unstable.
I don't often use a stand, but I did one show where I used one like this (which came up on the page you linked): gear4music.com/Woodwind-Brass-...lack/1W21 It seemed very stable, but it wasn't in a place where you could bump it. You can see it in the attached photo, but not the H shsped base, which is like the banjo and bass stands in the picture.
Yeah, that's very similar to the one I mentioned, which is also available from Amazon, as well as other similar ones under different names. Shar also sells the Ingles, and its very highly regarded. The "H" shaped base is nice.
I use something like this (not as nice as this). Works great, keeps the fiddle off the floor where some klutz might kick it over. For some reason the klutzes I've been in bands with never tripped over a mic stand.