Originally Posted by caddywumpus
I pack all of my hardware into a suitcase, so I break down my hi hat stand. The time I save hauling everything compactly more than makes up for the extra few seconds it takes me to reassemble the hi hat stand.
This is where I have landed. I used to have one of those long rolling hardware bags so I could just fold the stand bases and be done with it. But I discovered this bag was difficult to maneuver in crowded urban environments and finding storage space for it was always an issue. I now use a much more compact hardware bag that's only 28 inches in length. This necessitates breaking down stands, but all of mine are two-tier and memory-locked..I even have the tripod bases memory locked...so setup and breakdown is actually very quick for me. I break down my hi-hat stand like the OP, except I don't flip the clutch. I put the upper assembly by itself in the side pocket of my hardware bag.