by Miguel Monroy

It’s the little things in life that make all the difference, and Gibraltar has made every effort to provide hardware that offers as much flexibility as possible. One of the latest additions to the company’s lineup is the Lighting Rod Telescoping Single-Braced Hi-Hat Stand, or “LRTSBHHS,” as we like to call it.

This stand is lightweight and very durable. The highlights, however, are its ability to be positioned at extremely low playing heights and the option to adjust the height of the hi-hat rod itself. The first thing I noticed when the stand was positioned for my playing height was that there was now all this free space directly above the hi-hats. I had adjusted the hi-hat rod so that only about 1″ showed above the clutch, whereas the rod on my previous stand extended about 6″ past the clutch. This newfound space allowed me to lower my left-side crash to a more comfortable and natural playing position, or I could add a splash in that spot.

Another benefit of the LRTSBHHS is that it’s a much better fit for younger players. A couple of my students, who are under the age of ten, took full advantage of the stand’s low playing position and rod adjustment capabilities. It allowed them to get a much better spatial relationship between the hi-hat and the snare.

I would love to see a couple more options added to this stand, such as a tension adjustment for the pedal, as well as a double-braced version. As it currently stands, though, the LRTSBHHS is a great option for players looking for a high-quality, low-profile hi-hat stand with rod-height adjustment.

For additional insight, be sure to check out the complete article in the November 2013 issue of Modern Drummer.