Re: DW 9701 Low Boom Stand
I find it easier to play softer on a ride (including the bell area) that is off to the right and up higher ( I'm 6' 3" ) I have seen some rides hovering right over the bass but mostly in 3 piece or jazz setups. Like you said, personal preference. First thing I noticed in your set-up photo was how flat you keep ALL your brass. Seems like a lower stand will suit you just fine.
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