Very nice looking music stand but looking at the picture, and that's likely the issue, it seems the music book is almost straight up and down. How much does the back slant? And would a light help the balance? Not sure but maybe a profile picture would help. I like the design as it most unusual but then again all my stands are of the old school style, just like in school, adjustable metal and folding. Nothing fancy at all. Your's certainly shows your skills and tastes. Good luck with getting it as stable as you'd like and let us know how you go with it.