Re: High End Hat Stands....Godsend or Gimmick?
I think a nice hi hat stand is important but then I hate my old sonor hi hat stand for a few reasons. Some cheaper ones are fine but I like my dw9000 with its cam system, it lets me make finer adjustments than I couldn't make with a direct pull one. And I like to feel grounded since I am bracing one foot on it most of my play time.
I also got a Gibraltar quick lock clutch and no longer have to deal with loosening/tightening top hats. I really don't enjoy adjusting my top hat all the time.
So yep, definitely not a gimmick to me.