Setting Up Hi-Hat Stand

If you are starting a Rock band, then drums are one of the most important instruments to the band. Other than that drums are now used to make music for the Pop or Lofi genre or to add beats to them.

The problematic part of using is a drum can be is setting up the Hi-Hat stand. If you don’t know all the features then you are going to have a hard setting it might look very simple at first glance, but it actually requires a lot of concentration.

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The Set Up

In every step, we have explained in detail about the things that should be done and the things that shouldn’t be done. If you follow through with them carefully then you might just be able to avoid any sort of complications.

  • Setting Up The Leg

If the paddle anchor touches too much of the ground, then the stand will become unstable and it will start to waver in a different direction. You will have to set up the legs with great care.

Make sure they have been set accurately. Check if the spurs have dug into your rug without taking on too much weight or pressure. Then again, if you are not too tough on the paddle anchor, then it will too high from the floor.

The downward pressure when you push down on the anchor might turn out to be a strain for the stand.

  • Setting The Spurs

The Spurs provide the stability of the Hi-Hat Stand. You can set them in such a way that it doesn’t move from the floor after you have set up the height of the anchor. Keep in mind that these are sharp. They might ruin your floor tile.

They are designed to be kept on rugs or carpets. We advise you to put you a mat or rug under your drums set if your house doesn’t have carpeted floor.

  • The Rod and The Cymbals

Before you start setting up the cymbals, you need to know which cymbal goes where. Sounds easy right? Well, yes and no.

No, because unless you know how to identify them, you will never be able to tell.

Yes, because once you know how to identify them, you will remember that always.

To identify them, take both the cymbals in your hand. One of them will heavier than the other. The heavier one goes at the bottom and the lighter goes at the top.

  • Know Your Clutch Nut

The clutch nut is a really simple device but for a beginner, it might seem pretty confusing. The clutch nut has a nut at the bottom, two felt pads in the middle and a butterfly adjustment screw at the top.

This is where you keep your upper cymbal. At first, you take off the nut from the bottom. Then you take out one of the two felt pads. Now you put the cymbal inside. The cymbal will rest in the middle of the felt pads.

So, put in the felt pad that you took out after you have put in the cymbal. Now close the nut tightly. The butterfly screw is used to adjust your upper clamp to the height you want your Hi-Hat stand to be in.

Remember to lock the butterfly adjustment screw. The movement of the cymbal will more or less increase and decrease. You will most likely be using it on a daily basis. If you keep that screw unlocked then over time you will lose control over raising the upper cymbal.

  • Height Adjustment

Adjust the height of the Hi-Hat Stand according to your need. To maintain consistency of the height, use a memory lock. That way you won’t have to fix the height every time that you use your drums.

Remember not to set your Hi-Hat so low that you can’t hit them properly. Set it at a height where you will be able to hit it with the tip of your stick.

Angle Screw

You can tell from the name what it does. When you hit the cymbals, sometimes the air around the cymbals gets pushed too quickly and evenly. It creates suction and cancels out parts of the sound making it sound weird.

You can easily make everything work with the seat washer, but the angle screw functions best when you have the seat washer on. There are times we lose parts that we don’t think are important but in reality, they actually are, the seat washer is one of those things.


Don’t buy cheap clamps for your snares. It can potentially damage your snares. Some snares are now designed for clamps. Buy a snare that isn’t too heavy to use your clamps with the stand.

Setting Up the Stand

Now you are ready to set up your Hi-Hat Stand. Before you put in the bottom cymbal through the rod, make sure the felt pad is in there. If it is there then you can safely put your bottom cymbal in.

Now put in the bottom cymbal through the pole rod upside down. It will simply just rest on the felt pad underneath. Now you are to install the upper cymbal. Follow the procedure of installing the upper cymbal on the clutch from the above point ‘Know Your Clutch Nut’.

Make sure the cymbal is tight by moving it around. If you feel a firm grip then it will be fine. Before putting the upper cymbal through the pole rod, check if you have to loosen the butterfly adjustment screw. After putting it through the rod, let it down all the way to the bottom cymbal.

Adjusting The Foot Pedal

Hold down on the foot pedal and you will see the pole rod go up. Now push down around an inch and hold it like that. Tighten the butter adjustment screw so that it becomes one with the rod. Now, every time you push the pedal your cymbals will crash against each other.

Bottom Line

If you don’t set up your Hi-Hat Stand properly, you won’t be able to maximize your performance. It is one of the most important parts of your drum set. Hope this article was helpful to you!

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