Re: what ride stands are you using?
I'm using one of my late 90s gibraltar 9500 heavy boom stands. It's a beast of a stand. My ride is now positioned almost halfway over the bass drum so the counterweighted boom really helps keep it from wobbling or skipping around. I try to remember that every time I'm carrying it up a flight of stairs.
I have two of them. The boom holding up the two crashes in the pic is the same model, just with a very annoying key operated tilting tripod system.
I know most people prefer stands that fall somewhere in a medium weight, but when it comes to ride stands that wont be mounted straight, or anything you're going to clamp one or two drums and a cymbal on, dont skimp on the amount of metal.