Re: hi-hat stand recommendations?
I don't know if you're still in the market, but I play a Stagg hat stand. Now, before you think "Stagg?! I would never own one of those!" hear me out.
I found it at a local music store. It's very heavy duty, with three double braced legs, which swivel, a long rod, and spring tension adjustment. I remember I paid somewhere between $60-$80 for it brand new.
I've been playing it for two years now, and it has proven to be just as good as any high-dollar Pearl or DW stand, for a fraction of the price. It's still very responsive, and sturdy. The only downside is that you can't break down the solid base plate to more easily transport it, but that is very minor.
For the record, I have tried to research it on the internet, and I've never been able to find it. Just a few small pictures here and there, but no real information.