Re: Flat-Base Hardware - DW vs. Ludwig vs. Gibraltar
From what I've seen, the Gibraltar ones are the lightest. I have 3 of the flat stands in my set up.
I almost went with the Ludwig ones--just to match the kit--but Gibraltar was easier to find and matched the rest of my gear. I'm a little OCD in that respect.
I didn't even consider the DW ones because I believe they are over-built and over-priced, as most of DW stuff is.
The Ludwigs may be the most versatile since they can overlap each other. But the Gibraltar ones are probably the lightest and have held up to a couple years of gigging.