I decided to take up clarinet again after many years away from it. One thing I needed was a clarinet stand, as I didn't want to prop the clarinet up on the couch or a chair and have someone accidentally park themselves on it. Prices for stands ranged from around $10 to $40, and being the son of Swedish peasants that I am, I looked for something that might fit the bill but for next-to-nothing.
I had a solution sitting right in our studio--the carrier/media spindle for a 200 pack of CDs/DVDs. The central pillar is fairly strong. This is what the spindle without the clear plastic cover looks like:
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Step 1: Spindle Turned Into Cheapo Clarinet Stand
Here's my self-reburbished Henkin on the new stand. I found it to be very stable.