If you're handy with tools you could always cut the L-arm down to the correct length, if it was a priority.It's always a neat idea, and my very first drum set (a 1960s Japanese stencil kit) had that feature. But it wouldn't work for me. I play my ride cymbal just a few inches above the kick drum. Also, I'm not crazy about adding more drill holes to my bass drum shell. I'd rather use the extra receiver hole in the triple tom mount on my bass drum, and run a boom arm from there.