Re: What are the must haves for gigging?
I have a pair of needle nose pliers in my stick bag. When I tear down my hi hat stand, the rod can sometimes unscrew from the base rather than in the center where it should. grabbing it with the pliers when disassembling prevents that annoying problem. Not all hi hat stands are like that, but the last two I've had have had the problem.
It also helps to have some plumber's tape for hi ht clutches. A small flashlight is a must for most venues when setting up. If you have one in the car, that's good enough.