Both of these are great ideas. Thanks!This, but I would suggest clear vinyl tubing, which would not be visible at all from more than 5' away. Just an inch on each leg.
Clear vinyl tubing has many uses around the vintage kit; I split it and use it on the bottom hoop of my starboard tom tom to ensure that it won't injure the top of my bass drum.
Also good for vintage snare stands that have lost the rubber coating on their grippers.