Re: what ride stands are you using?
I have DWs, Yamaha's, and Tama's. I prefer the single-braced Yamaha's especially for gigging. The DWs are too heavy but really nice all the same. The Tama's are great too, but I don't like the nuts (I know I can replace them).
I also like Gibraltar but I've never like the flat based stands. I have some regular boom stands that are good.
I have a couple Pearls that I really don't care for. I can't explain why but I do know that I don't like the same of the wingnuts.
I used to have some Mapex hardware which was good stuff, but its heavy and it didn't except the gibraltar cymbal sleeves and flanges that I like.