I use a two-tier Onstage z-stand, and for $75 new it has been fantastic....once it's up on the stage. My only beef with it is that it's a bit cumbersome to move if you leave it assembled (if you don't, you need more time to put it together). Looking for fast and easy here! Actually a second beef would be that it eats space in my van and takes a trip by itself to bring it in (and it's awkward with doors etc).
I'm thinking maybe to get a different two-tier for gigs and leave the z set up at home. I love the stability of the z, and that's what led me to the Standtastic as a possible alternative. It appears pretty easy to fold it and put it in the bag, which would be very appreciated! Others: I've owned one Apex-style in the past and it was NOT stable, though it was the lowest model (Deltex iirc). The spider is more than I'm wanting to spend I think.
Anyway, my main question is: would a 2-tier z-stand have a similar footprint to a Standtastic? I keep reading that the footprint is quite large on those. My z is not small but it's not been too much problem space-wise on stage.
Minor question: I have a mic attachment that goes into the end of one of the tubes on either an x-stand or my z stand. It goes in and then tightens against the inside to hold a boom mic attachment; it doesn't appear like you'd be able to do that with the Standtastic. I've heard that the mic attachment stinks on the Standtastic--if so, what are the alternatives? Am I back to using a mic stand? (This has been a quest of mine, to find a more elegant mic solution...something like a flexible flashlight gripper for a mic, does such exist?...anyway)