Re: DW or Iron Cobra (hihat)?
I own both an Iron Cobra lever glide and DW 9000 hi hat stands. I prefer the IC hands down. I bought the DW new last year when best buy had them for $99. I played one gig with it and have not used it since. It wobbles, the action is sloppier. It looks cool and that's about it. The IC is over 10 years old and has been through hell, but is still kicking.
Mapex Saturn/Custom Classic Jazz
Yamaha Flying Dragon/Iron Cobra pedals