I used to own a metal music stand, but always found it to be more trouble than it was worth. Storing it when it wasn’t being used was a pain, and on more than one occasion, I tripped over it while it was setup. Yes, I can be a bit clumsy, but still 😉
When I first came across the Kani Ka Pila Klip, I thought it looked like a great idea and immediately requested one to review. A few days later it showed up in my mailbox. Let’s check it out…
While I was waiting for the klip to arrive, I googled the worlds Kani Ka Pila to learn that these words are Hawaiian for “get together to play music”.
When the package arrived, I opened the envelope to see a small cardboard box, along with a couple music cards.
Inside the box was a small velvet drawstring pouch.
And inside the pouch was the Kani Ka Pila Klip. Made of clear plastic, I was initially a bit worried that it might be too fragile for everyday use.
The design is simple but effective. On one end is a 3.25 inch wide clip for your music, and on the other end is a clip to attach to your ukulele’s headstock. The two clips are attached together by way of a 2 inch plastic rod. Four ball joints give you the ability to tilt, swivel, and adjust the music to just the right angle for optimal viewing.
The headstock clip has jaws that are lined with a layer with soft rubber that will enable a secure connection, without marring the wood of the instrument. The pinch clip can open a maximum of 1.25 inches. This should be more than enough to fit on any ukulele, guitar, banjo, etc.
Here’s the Kani Ka Pila Klip attached to the headstock of my Sun Concert GString uke along with one of the optional 5.5 x 4.25 cards that you can purchase on the Kani Ka Pila Klip site. This card shows basic ukulele chords. They have quite a few other cards that you can purchase, including a movable chord chart, a fretboard map, transposition wheel, song cards and more.
This size card works the best with the clip, but you can also use a regular 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper if you tape it to manila folder or another stiffer material. I prefer to just print my music or notes in such a way that I can fold the regular sheet of paper in half. That way it won’t flop forward or backwards while I’m playing music.
I’ve been using the klip for a week or so and have found it to be both fun and useful. My fears about it being fragile have been unfounded so far. As long as you slowly adjust the joints, I expect it to hold up just fine. This is a nice inexpensive accessory that any music player would appreciate and find handy.
Price just for the klip is $8.99. Cards are available at various prices. Check their site.