Re: High End Hat Stands....Godsend or Gimmick?
I think there are a lot of nice useful features on a lot of these 'hi-tech' hi-hat stands. Though I don't see most features as gimmicks, not every feature is necessarily necessary. It's just that some drummers may prefer certain features for whatever reasons, be it speed or feel, etc. I have a Tama Lever Glide hi-hat which has a nice smooth feel, though a nice simple hi-hat stand is quite adequate for my needs. Actually, I've found that some of the most basic hi-hats without any sort of tension adjustment feel better than some more expensive hi-hats. I like a hi-hat stand to be solid and sturdy, but not heavy, with a basic straightforward pull system. Also, when playing double bass, it is a big benefit, if not a necessity, to have swiveling legs.