Re: what ride stands are you using?
Buying new I've been getting the Yamaha single brace CS-650A straight stand. I was using a 70s Ludwig Hercules straight stand with a cymbal spring. I wanted something more compact but as sturdy. I prefer a straight stand on a 2pc/3pc/4pc set. If I needed a boom, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase either the CS-655A (single) or CS-665A (double) boom stand. Yamaha makes great hardware, especially their "light weight" stuff.