“The original one was a Christmas present for Carol,” said Keith Kimura. “I wanted to make something she could put into her ukulele case that was convenient and easy to use.” Thus the name “K-Stand (case stand).”
“It was a surprise,” recalled Carol about the first K-Stand. “It brought tears to my eyes, I love stuff like that.”
The evolution of the K-Stand from a handmade Christmas gift to full-fledged product didn’t happen overnight and the system to create every K-Stand our company CKdream now sends out to excited customers holds true to the meticulous process that created it.
K-Stand, is much like us – many parts coming together like pieces of a puzzle to fit perfectly. The sleek and flowing design follows the shape of the instruments it is designed to hold, an ukulele or guitar. At first glance the K-Stand might appear to simply be a wood sculpture of a guitar, but its aesthetic appeal is actually just the beginning.
In a few steps, the slim piece folds out to become a sturdy instrument stand and the flat-lying design allows the K-Stand to be placed inside a soft carrying case or “gig bag” so that the musician can always easily store and keep the stand nearby. This also serves as added protection of the instrument while in the case. Carol Kimura sews a soft, flannel case for each K-Stand to prevent any possible scratches or dents.
“It’s labor-intensive and meticulous, everything has to be a certain way or it doesn’t work,” explained Carol about the K-Stand.
K-Stand also brings new ideas to the industry while keeping in mind the needs of musicians. Keith created many first versions of K-Stand. “Musicians really care about their instruments,” Keith explained. The first eight versions were all cut by hand and pieced together and tested for fit and function.
The innovative K-Stand design is now protected by a Patent Pending as of July 2018. Our Patent Attorney even remarked when he first saw K-Stand, “I’ve been a Patent Attorney for fifteen years and a Guitarist for most of my life and I’ve never seen anything like this!”
CKdream will be introducing a Kickstarter campaign for their K-Stand in the summer of 2019. This effort will seek to raise capital to grow the business from a home-based operation to a dedicated workshop facility. With a successful campaign we can purchase the necessary equipment and tooling to develop an efficient production process to meet the high demands we are currently experiencing thus reduce our average 8 to 12 week turnaround time. We would also like to develop K-Stands in new materials such as Plastic, Metal, and Carbon Fiber. We hope you will join and support us on this journey to make K-Stand the most innovative instrument stand on the market.
Much of this section is excerpted from these articles courtesy of Rafu Shimpo and Mieko Beyer. To read more about us, our company and the K-Stand story go to these articles from this newspaper publication: