Re: what ride stands are you using?
I don't think it's so much the weight of the stand, or if its double-braced or single-braced, but how well it's engineered. The Yamaha stuff is great. I have a set of the 600-series straight cymbal stands and those are awesome. Tilters work great, the height adjustments are positive. For light stands, you can't ask for better, and they're lighter than flat-based stands (if you can believe that). On the other end of the spectrum, I'm also using Pearl's C-900 straight cymbals stands and the same thing here - well-engineered with great tilters and adjustments. Tama also makes good stuff too. I tried some no-name brand stuff a few years ago and after a while those adjusters and tilters just stripped out or were no longer functional.