Re: DW 6000 vs DW 9000 hi hat
Yeah, a Gretsch and Ludwig mix I wouldn't do either. DW, or Gibraltar seem "right" with Gretsch though (Gibraltar being part of the whole Gretsch thing now too).
I do dig my ATLAS hardware (great gear to go with with my great Ludwig drums), but I do use the DW stands a lot.
The DW 6000 stands have held up great. I love the tilter/spacer, and the memory locks also.
I sold all my heavy stuff the last couple years, and only kept the flat base stands, and medium weight DW stands (version before they cheaped out on the tilters).
Nobody makes me bleed my own blood. Nobody!!