A while back, I acquired a drum set for $50. I got a kick, snare, and three toms, but no cymbals or stands. Because the set was so cheap, I was unwilling to spend over $50 to complete it, but cymbals are expensive, and so are stands!

By a stroke of luck, I was given hi-hat cymbals and a crash for free. Although they are crappy Starcaster cymbals, they make cymbal noises, so I'm happy. But I still needed a hi-hat stand, and the cheapest ones I saw were $50-$60. Unacceptable!

I googled around a bit and could not find any information on building my own hi-hat stand. Perhaps it's been done before, but I couldn't find anything. However, the concept seemed simple enough, so I decided to tackle it on my own.

I was able to do this project for just under $23. This is partly because my mother works at a hardware store and I get sizable discounts, but other parts of the country are much cheaper than here in Washington State.

Step 1: The Parts

Below is a list of parts I used. Feel free to modify the design and add or swap parts. If you do, I'd like to see how it turns out!
  • 3/8"-16 x 36" threaded rod (Note: you may actually only need a 24" rod)
  • 1/2" x 12" pipe (Note: the picture shows two, but I only used one)
  • 1/2" x 8" pipe (2x)
  • 1/2" x 3" pipe (2x)
  • 3/4" x 6" pipe (4x)
  • 1" x 2" pipe
  • 1" coupling
  • 1" x 1/2" bell reduction coupling
  • 1/2" x 1" hex bushing (female x male)
  • 1/2" 90º ell (2x)
  • 1/2" x 3/4" x 3/4" tee (2x)
  • 1/2" cross
  • 13/16" x 3-1/4" x 0.62 WG compression spring
  • 3/8"-16 nylon locking nuts (2x)
  • 3/8" x 1" washer
  • 3/8" wingnut
  • 3/8"-16 x 1/4"-20 reducing coupling nut
  • 3/8" x 3/8" x 1" nylon spacer (2x)
  • 1/2" x 3/8" x 1" nylon spacer
  • 3/8" x 1-1/2" rubber washer (2x)
  • 1/2" x 2" rubber washer
  • 1/4"-20 x 2" eye bolt (nut is not necessary)
  • 6" or so of chain
  • Hi-hat cymbals, of course!
Again, a lot of these parts can be substituted. Pipe lengths, washer sizes and thicknesses, etc. can all be adjusted how you see fit.
i got a free sabian ride cymbal
lol no offense but this is pretty ghetto
That's how I roll :)
Haha my bands drummer uses an office chair as a throne too!
I would hate to have to drag that on on tour....<br />
It's not that heavy, and the best part is that it fully disassembles! Unfortunately, because of the locking nut, taking the cymbals off is kind of a pain in the rear end.<br /> <br /> It's great for the studio though! ;)<br />
Good job on the stand.<br /> Nice, cheap and simple.<br /> BTW, your drum kit has a very 'ghetto' or garage band-y type look, from the drum condition and the DIY hi-hat. Maybe you want to consider leaving it as it is?<br /> Unless that's not your style of course...&nbsp;
Thanks! Yeah it's pretty ghetto-looking. I'm thinking of painting the hi-hat stand but that's about it. Maybe I'll just do a clear coat.
&nbsp;you might want to buy a crash and ride symbol and maybe buy or build a stand for each of em<br /> <br />
&nbsp;You'll note that I was given a crash along with the hi-hats. I also <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Turn-a-Mic-Stand-into-a-Cymbal-Stand/" rel="nofollow">built a stand for it</a>&nbsp;:)

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