Hi Hat Rod

Alright, this is a really petty thing, but something I've been curious about for a few years and what better venue to ask then a message board of drummers. Every "Pro" drummer I see (I'll admit I mostly listen to punk, ska, metal, etc) has a hi hat rod that extends only about an inch or two beyond the top of the clutch.

Every hi hat stand/rod I've ever played with has a rod that extends about a foot higher than the top of the clutch. I play an Iron Cobra two-legged hi hat stand bought in 2008.

Are the pros just playing with their hi hat stands really high? I play with my stuff relatively low, I admit that. If I raised my hats to the point they have them it would be like 4 feet high probably...

Certainly isn't a problem, just a weird thing that I've noticed. Any one have insight to this? How far do yours extend past the top of your clutch?


I play mine really high. So I have maybe less than an inch sticking out. I have the same hi-hat stand as you btw. I've read on here before that some people order shorter HH rods and some people just cut the excess off with a saw.

Hissig Gompen

Senior Member
The other day I cut off ~10cm of my rod (the hi-hat rod, my personal rod needs every cm it's got!) because I kept hitting it with my hand. Now it extends just past the drop clutch lever. I'll take some pics when I've been at the rehearsal space later this week.


Senior Member
I've cut every hi-hat rod I've ever owned off. Makes no sense to me to have 12"-18" of rod sticking up off the hats. I'd much rather have a splash or small china utilizing that space...



Senior Member
I don't cut it, just in case I decide I'd like to try them at a different height. Also I play 18" hats, which are obviously heavier, so I have to give them a little more space on the rod than more conventional hats. I've also attached a woodblock to the section that extends above the top hat. I make good use of the space I guess haha


Junior Member
My hi-hat stand DW 5000 series came with 2 rods. one short that sticks up about an inch or so above and another longer that has about a foot above. I'm sure what you're seeing is just the difference between these two rod sizes.


Junior Member
Also, I believe the longer rod that sticks up a foot higher is meant to allow for you to attach things like a tambourine to it.


I have a DW 9000 hi hat stand and it also comes with 2 rods, a longer one and a shorter one.


Gold Member
I cut mine down...left enough room for me to alter it a bit or even to attach an accessory up there, though I rarely do, but I got rid of more than a foot of it.