GIBRALTAR 8710 STAND CYMBALE DROIT – FLAT BASE
Here are the specs: This will thread onto 8mm stands only. It will fit on smaller stands, but will fit over the threading only and not screw on, and will be unstable as a result, no matter how tight you get the drum key screw at the base. You take off the existing sleeve and felts from your current stand, and thread this down all the way until it stops (it threads on pretty far). The included sleeve and felts hold your cymbal like your stand did before you installed this (albeit a bit higher than before). At the top of this “base piece” is where the “stacker” portion goes. Instead of having 8mm threading like a normal stand, the top of this base piece is round with 2 flat sides 180 degrees apart. The top stacker section fits over this round piece, and the 2 flat sides correspond to the 2 drumkey bolts. The top stacker piece will only fit on two ways (the inside of the top
stacker piece has flat sides to correspond with the base piece. The two ways it will fit on are 180 degrees from the each other). Because of this, you may have to unscrew the base section slightly so that the two flat sides correspond to the angle you wish to use the tilter on the stacker section. By having a flat side to tighten the drum key bolt against makes sense and is fairly secure, but I think it would be much easier (and more secure) if the top stacker piece threaded on like the base piece does. The other drawback to not having threading at the top of the base piece is that you can’t thread a wing nut down on top of it to keep your felts and sleeve from falling off in your hardware case during transport. This happens to me all the time; not fun trying to comb through the bottom of your hardware case in a poorly lit club to find your sleeve and felts! The top stacker piece functions well, and it’s nice to have a tilter. The top of the stacker piece has normal threading at the top for a wingnut. If you find the lower (main) cymbal is too tight, you can always go without a top felt (or use a thinner one, such a thin neoprene washer). Also, as someone mentioned, it does chew up your threads on the existing cymbal stand if you wish to use it as a regular stand in the future. However, if you thread this all the way on (or close) like I said above, the “chewing” of the threads will be down far enough that it will be covered by a cymbal sleeve anyway. Plus, once you thread the base piece on and adjust it how you like, you don’t need to change or remove it, so it stays in one place the whole time.