I love it even better when it's cheap! Typically I try to buy all my gear used, but I've been struggling to find just what I wanted on the used market. What I was looking for was a couple of the lightweight single-braced Yamaha straight cymbal stands. Yamaha discontinued them a couple years ago and the used market was the only place. Well, I thought I had scored when I found a pair of single-braced straight Yamaha stands in the used section of the Guitar Center Dallas, TX store. They arrived last week and I was most disappointed to find that they were very heavy, like heavier than even my 700-series boom stands. So, back to the store they went along with a boom arm that I had purchased thinking it was a short one based on the pic and it was simply the top half of a boom stand that someone had removed from the base, and beyond that it was pretty beat up. All of that gave me just over $100 in store credit and as much as it pained me to do so, I ordered two brand new Yamaha CS650A straight lightweight, single-braced cymbal stands...apparently Yamaha re-released these and let me tell you, they are as sweet as can be for gigging hardware. Everything you need, nothing you don't and they collapse nice and short. http://usa.yamaha.com/products/music...0a/?mode=model
The redeeming icing on the cake for GC was that I found a brand new Pearl S-830 snare drum stand on their used site for $4.99. Not sure what they were thinking on that one, but yay for me! This is a really nice snare stand and despite it being double braced, it's still pretty lightweight.