There are several different types of cymbal stands, and each type is offered in a standard or single-braced design as well as a heavy-duty or double-braced design. From hi-hat stands to boom-type cymbal stands and rack systems that act as a type of skeleton around the drum kit, cymbal stands are critical in the positioning of cymbals so that the drummer has easy reach and control over all the components of the drum kit.
Some of the most basic cymbal stands are the single-braced, straight-style stand. Typically using three folding legs to support the straight stand, the cymbal stands work well for the beginning drummer and offer a modest level of support for the novice. This type of stand is often considered an entry-level cymbal stand and will usually not withstand heavy or hard-hitting drumming styles. These cymbal stands are followed with a double-braced version that is much sturdier than the single-braced stands. Using a heavier main tube incorporated into double legs, this stand type is much sturdier and is commonly used when playing in clubs and other types of live shows.
The straight-style stand consists of a straight, upright tube with an adjustable cymbal mount on top. The mount can usually be manipulated to tilt in a variety of angles, from 0 to 180 degrees, offering a comfortable setting for most drummers. Another version of these cymbal stands is the boom stand. The boom-type of cymbal stand typically consists of a straight stand with a long boom arm attachment in place of the tilting cymbal mount. The boom stand allows the cymbal stand to be positioned out and away from the drum kit, while placing the cymbal in close proximity to the drummer.
Other versions of the cymbal stand are clamp-on type stands. Used mainly as an option for hi-hat cymbals — two cymbals that move up and down against each other via a foot pedal control —, the clamp-on style, hi-hat cymbal stand uses a cable to move the cymbals instead of a solid stand. This allows the hi-hats to be placed in any position while still allowing the drummer to operate the foot pedal from the traditional position beside the bass drum kick pedal. Many professional drummers choose to use a rack-type of cymbal stand. These cymbal stands are assembled from a cage-like system of tubing that surrounds the drum kit and offers the utmost in security and stability for live shows and studio work.