I am looking for a new set of light-weight hardware. The key here for me is STABILITY. My drums are in an area of some traffic including big rowdy dogs and kids. I am cool with flush base hardware if it is stable: I mean someone bumping into it isn't going to topple it. The stuff I remember from the '70s would not do the trick. Hi-hat must be three leg and care nothing about double pedals. I plan to use a snare stand to hold the 12" tom. Cymbal stands won't be asked to handle anything other than cymbals and maybe a cowbell or something like that. There are all kinds of new options out in last few years. I am visually impaired and can't tell from pics what stuff looks like. I assume that "tripod" and "single-braced" mean NOT flush based. Again, stability is most important thing here, but I also don't want stuff that looks like it belongs to an oil rig. Also looking for new kick pedal and wanting something light-weight there as well. Love the old CAMCO pedals from the '70s and the early DW 5000 pedals. No chance for me to get to a store and shake and rattle the stuff for myself. Have no brand preference as long as it won't tip over in a breeze.
I too got tired of hauling heavy hardware around for short, one-time gigs so was looking for a lighter option.
A couple of years ago, my drummer buddy in Albuquerque (owns his own drum company) and I mused about designing a hardware line with carbon fiber tubes/legs much like modern racing bicycles. While we were working on the idea Yamaha released their Crosstown Advanced Lightweight Hardware Pack.
I bought the Crosstown Pack last year and it is really nice. I play a 4-piece with only one cymbal so it is very nice to have such a sturdy yet lightweight hardware set to carry out on the kinds of gigs I play. It is well made and very stable. I use a JoJo Mayer pedal which is very light and fits easily in the Yamaha Crosstown Hardware bag.... Simple, light, and nice. QED.
Paul in NW FL