Re: Flat-Base Hardware - DW vs. Ludwig vs. Gibraltar
I've actually owned all three at one time (the Ludwig's just recently) and they're all good - if you like that sort of thing. The hi-hats all leave something to be desired because the physics of a tripod-based stand is just more stable than a flat-based one.
In fact, you may recall why I'm no longer interested in the flat-based scene: a stand was easily knocked over with a cymbal on it (thankfully, on grass). I have discovered that the tripod is the way to go, and I found that in the lightest Yamaha 600-series stands. And these Yamaha's are basically as light as the flat-based stuff, but you get the added stability of the tripod.
If I were in situations where my stuff never moved around, I'd be all over the flat-based stuff. But when you set up in one area, then move it to another area, to be moved back after you're done playing, the stability becomes tantamount.