Re: what ride stands are you using?
I'm using a really old and heavy Sound Percussion stand with double-brace legs. It's been in service since the early 90's. It belong to my uncle before I bought it from him. So it was already worn-in when I got it. It's missing its grommet where you tighten the leg part wing nut to the stand pole part. I just use a wadded up piece of card board there in place of the grommet.
Last year I picked up a straight stand with single-brace legs for my giggin hardware. Forgot what brand it is. It's a good one though.
Besides my hi-hat stands, the only stands I ever bought new are a couple Pearl boom stands with double-braced legs, but I use those for the crashes.
5A Sticks--Coated Heads--Acoustic Drums--Cast Bronze Cymbals--Heavy-Duty Hardware