My two cents: The difference between the HS740a and HS1200 is not that huge. There are other "top-of-the-line" hihat-stand that weigh much more than the Yamaha. The question is more about: Are you willing to spend much more for the HS1200?Thanks for your insight. The HS1200 is one of the contenders for sure. Do you find the weight an issue in any way for regular gigging?
The HS1200D is a really really great stand. But not exactly cheap.