Re: circa 1971 pic of Bob Da Druma
Ian, Even the cheapest hardware of today is a thousand times better that the hardware from those sixties kits!
The tom mount was also a piece of crap!
I use lightweight stands and hardware on two of my current kits. I have no problems with it.
The stands are sturdy and light. Even inexpensive hat stands and bass pedals work well today.
I can't wait to see your early pics.
I kind of like old drums:)