Re: Best choice for durable preferably cheap stands?
...for the Yamaha 740's. I own some and they show no signs of wear (except the plastic cymbal sleeve which is expected) after 6+ years of local gigging. They are not the lowest price stand you can walk out of a store with but....just don't go there.
The only reason to go bigger is if you tour a lot. Then the Yamaha 940's or some Tama heavy duty stands might be the way to go.
But you did say money was an issue so I'm assuming the 740's will do.
DON'T go cheap or you'll start stripping tilters and other screws as well as other dumb fails. Even buying used Yamahas you would come out ahead.