The right hihat stand for E-Drum and Acoustic Drum
Hihat stand for acoustic drums
The hihat is an essential instrument in the setup of drums. As a metronome, it is the clock for beats and rhythms. Based on the combined action of hand and foot techniques, the hihat delivers intricate figures and driving grooves.
In addition to the hihat cymbals consisting of bottom and top, the instrument features the hihat stand. At the base of the stand is a pedal. With this, a metal rod is moved up and down. This allows the top cymbal mounted on the rod to move up and down, and the hihat cymbals to open and close.
In the initial position, the hihat is open. By stepping on the pedal, the hihat is closed. Your individual hihat sound is created from the degree of opening of the mechanism and the stroke of the stick.
Hihat stand for E-Dums
Basic E-Drums often have a cymbal pad as the hihat and a foot pedal as the controller. Both can be set up independently of each other.
With higher quality E-Drums, the hihat consists of two pads or a top pad and the controller underneath. Both hihat elements are placed on a conventional hihat stand.
With this combination, you have the functionality of a classic hihat stand, as with an acoustic hihat. The top pad can be raised and lowered with the rod of the hihat stand.
The controller as the lower part of the hihat detects the opening degree like an acoustic hihat. The E-Drum module can reproduce authentic hihat sounds from this. All conventional hihat stands are suitable for this purpose.
Two-leg or three-leg hihat stands
Three-legged hihat stands are the classics among hihat stands. On some models, the pedal can be rotated within the area between two legs. This allows a set-up in combination with a double pedal machine for the bass drum at acoustic drums or for the kick pad on the E-Drum.
The hihat stand and second kick pedal then stand one inside the other and can be easily operated by the hihat foot. Two-leg hihat stands use a metal plate under the pedal as a third stand element. The radius in which the pedal surface can be rotated is larger here than with three-legged hihats.
Hihat stand for drum kits with two bass drums
For a drum kit with two bass drums or an E-Drum with two kick pads, there are hihat stands which can be mounted directly to the second bass drum or the second kick pad. However, conventional hihat stands, where you do not fold out the stand legs, can also be mounted to the shells.
Hihat stand for drum racks
A drum rack offers many mounting options for any type of instrument. Also, a hihat stand can be securely mounted to a drum rack with a multi clamp or rack adapter.
The remote hihat stand
With a remote hihat stand you have complete freedom in positioning the pedal and cymbal part of your hihat. Both parts are connected by a Bowden cable that precisely transmits the movement of your foot to the top cymbal of your hihat, which opens and closes in the same way as on a fixed hihat stand.
The advantage of a remote hihat is that you can arrange the cymbals anywhere within your set. Your pedal can also be freely positioned wherever it's best for you.
The lighter weight of the foot section makes it more likely to slip. With a strip of Velcro on the underside, it finds a secure hold on your drum carpet.
The foldable hihat stand
A hihat stand with a foldable pedal is especially suitable for small drum sets and for mobile setups. It has a very small space requirement during transport.
Most hihat stands consist of a standpipe with mounted legs and a telescopic tube, which can be continuously adjusted in height in the standpipe.
You can adjust the individual height for your performance once and fix it with a memory lock, so that you have the desired setting even after disassembling the hihat for transport.
Adjustable pedal angle
The angle of the pedal board is adjustable on some hihat stands. This allows you to adjust the hihat individually to your ergonomic needs.
Adjustable spring tension
The pre-tension of the closing spring is also adjustable on some hihat stands. This allows you to close the hihat easily or open it faster, depending on your needs.
Adjustable cymbal tilt
A screw on the bottom cymbal plate of a good hihat stand allows you to adjust the horizontal tilt of the lower cymbal. With more tilt, the hihat "grinds" more and longer when you open it slightly. The result is more trashy sound and more sound volume on the footsplash.
Hihat stand with rubber feet
Rubber feet are standard equipment on every hihat stand. They provide the hihat stand with a secure non-slip grip and protect the floor covering.
Hihat stand with spikes
Metal spikes under the legs give the hihat stand a very secure position. You should be careful that the spikes do not drill into delicate floors or surfaces. When using metal spikes, it is a good idea to use a drum rug.
Hihat stand for left-handers
Each hihat stand can be played by both right-handed and left-handed players. You can operate the hihat stand with your left or right foot. It doesn't matter which side of your set the hihat is on.
Evolution of the hihat
Today's hihat stand evolved from the Charleston machine of the 1920s. This flat machine consisted of a foot pedal and two small cymbals placed one on top of the other, of which the upper cymbal was struck on the lower cymbal by the pedaling motion by means of a rod.
Due to its low height, the term "low-hat" developed. This rhythm accompaniment instrument could only produce simple and comparatively quiet "chick-chick-chick" sounds.
In order to be able to play the hihat cymbals with the sticks as well, the cymbals were mounted on a longer rod and now sat higher. Hence the still common name "Hi-hat" for the cymbals and Hihat stand for the mechanics