Converting or modifiying a 3 legged hi hat stand


Junior Member
I have successfully converted a Three legged Hi-Hat stand to a two legged
Hi-Hat Stand. Well I figured out that if you take out one of the legs of the Hi-Hat stand
then the Hi-Hat stand will fall towards you.So to overcome this problem I have come up with a solution
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Firstly take one of the legs out (I would suggest you to not cut the leg, Because you may need it back .
Try and drill the rivet out).

secondly , we will be needing an iron plate ( Becase it is very strong ) which should be 4-6 mm thick(circular obviously)
and the diameter of the plate should be around 1 to 2 feet ( in my case it is 17 inches ).
NOTE: The diameter of the plate should be bigger that the foot board pedal.

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Thirdly , you should iron weld the foot board connector , that is the black support in my case (it can be
any color in your stand ) . If your connector is single rod, then weld two pieces of " L-Shaped " metal strip
on either side to support the stand.

Fourthly , Placement of the foot board connector for welding should be above the center point near to the edge
( 3 inches form the edge in my case ) of the plate ( as this allows the stand to be in place with the weight of the Hi-Hat
cymbals and the stand itself )
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Note : you cannot weld the foot board connector in the center of the plate ( if you really want to the weld it to
the center , Then you need a plate with a bigger in diameter atleast 4 feet i.e .. 48inches which I would not recommend ,
however you may try and let us know if it works)

Finally, you should paint both the plate and the foodboard connector elegantly.
So basically this board supports the complete stand and acts as a third leg, which doesn't allow the
stand to fall towards or away from you.
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Pros : 1) Been using if for over 5 months now without a single problem or hassles.
2 )Doesn't shake ( if done in the right way, use some aptitude ;-) ... )
3)Don't have to spend a lot on a new stand , the only thing you will need additionally is a plate which
costs less than $3- $5 ( If your in India then Rs 100 - 200 max ) and some strips of iron less than $1
( To support the foot board connector ) and welding shop may charge you less than $3- $5 for welding the plate to the foot connector.
4)If the plate is big enough like mine , then you can place both footboards ( i,e Hi- Hat and one of the
double bass pedal on the same plate which will eventually give more support to the Hi-Hat)
5) If you screw this whole welding part then you can obviously return to you original stand by
fixing one of the leg back.

Cons: 1) Plate takes more space compared to any stand ( But since thickness is 4mm it wouldn't matter much )
2) If you don't paint the plate and the foot board connector it looks ugly with all the welding marks. YUK

So I would recommend you guys to try it . It really works (atleast for me it did).And you can save some money by not buying
a two legged stand, instead invest it on something else.

Happy Drumming.

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No Way Jose

Silver Member
It does not look very portable to me. I wonder if the circular iron plate can be screwed to the pedal instead of welded.


Gold Member
Nice work, but I, too, wonder about the portability issue. Could you have accomplished the same thing by simply attaching a bottom plate to the hi hat frame, just the way they are done from the factory?

I like your thinking, but I suspect there may be a bit of overkill at work here. But, in the long run the question is whether it works for you. If you like it that way, that's all that matters.