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Old 12-30-2009, 06:25 AM
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Default Shorter Hi-Hat Pull Rod?

I'd really like to do something to my hi-hat stand to make the pull rod shorter, similar to how Mike Portnoy's is in this video. What's the best method to do this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svNIpxaEPtU
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:29 AM
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Default Re: Shorter Hi-Hat Pull Rod?

Pipe cutter, hacksaw.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:35 AM
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Pipe cutter, hacksaw.
That's what I figured, but I just didn't know if you could actually buy shorter rods. Thanks.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:31 AM
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Default Re: Shorter Hi-Hat Pull Rod?

Most manufacturers only offer pull rods in one length, as one-for-one replacements for the one you have currently. Hacksaw or snip it, then file the top smooth so that the clutch will fit over it. (that's what I ended up doing).
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:24 AM
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Be sure to set up your hh stand exactly the way you want it and make a mark on the rod a few inches above your clutch...( you can never replace lost metal)...next place the hh rod in a vice clamp to steady it as you cut with a hack saw. Once you have a clean cut either file it like the tip of an arrow but slightly rounded or even better use a grinding wheel. This will make the chrome shiny and appear as if there was no mod done. I have no Idea why mfg don't offer shorter HH rods....the one that came with my Gibraltar Liquid drive stood above my set like a frickn lightning rod...it was a good foot taller than my highest cymbal...granted I play everything very low but still....im not trying to fly a flag here!!
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:40 AM
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Default Re: Shorter Hi-Hat Pull Rod?

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I'd really like to do something to my hi-hat stand to make the pull rod shorter, similar to how Mike Portnoy's is in this video. What's the best method to do this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svNIpxaEPtU
I'm guessing you have a Tama stand. Their hi hat rods are ridiculously long. Just take a saw to it and smooth the edges if you have the tools.
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