I'm surprised that they stopped making these.
If anyone is interested, I've got 3 (mid-late 70's vintage) in better condition than the ones in the link above.Zildjian's version was the Cymbal Snap and they fetch big bucks on ebay (see current auction - http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Vintage-GOLD-PLATED-Zildjian-Cymbal-Snap-fits-Ludwig-Buddy-Rich-RARE-/270879813803?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f11b1f0ab - a bit extreme, but $50-75 a pair is not unheard of.)
Well, that's just it, Zildjian would have to do it, and they probably felt like they didn't need to do it. It'd be a big investment in tooling for a smaller profit than what they make selling cymbals.Yep, that's it. Zildjian made them with a "flipable" top and then someone else came out with just a "T" screw. If they have to make different size wing nuts, why not those?
I had those! They were made by Zildjian and were very cool. I was kinda' bummed when they stopped making them. But I think Aquarian upped the ante when they came out with their cymbal spring thingy's and then things got out of control.....
But, back then, there were less makes of cymbal stands and I notice today everybody's sizes are a little different. It would be hard to market a product as the old T nuts because they'd have to be offered in different sizes, eh?
Or maybe I'm talking about the wrong thing?