I take the rod and tube out - but that's primarily because of how things fit in my hardware bag. I went a long time not doing though.Newbe to travelling with the drum kit.
Regarding the Hi-Hat stand. Do you take out the rod when travelling--or leave it in? The stand in question is made by Natal. What do you do?
Same here, both for local gigs and my touring kit.Unless I'm really crunched for space I leave the rod in and raise the upper portion to protect the rod as much as possible. I also keep the hi hat clutch on the top of the rod to keep the washers from falling off too.