I have been with Yamaha for a long time, but the pedals weren't making it - until recently. At NAMM, I tried dozens of pedals. Ultimately, and to my surprise, Yamaha direct drive pedals were awesome!
I just got my Yamaha 9500D
and it is amazing. Very responsive, fast, and a great feel. Same thing with the HS1200D hihat stand
. I was always a chain guy, but the direct drive on these has come a long way. Not as top heavy and I did add some skateboard grip tape to the center for a bit more traction. Awesome.