Re: High End Hat Stands....Godsend or Gimmick?
Ive owned a cheap mapex, & pdp. A decent yamaha.
The first really good hat stand I got was the Axis Longboard hat stand. Its great, 6 quick set & forget tension adjustments, the tilt feature is useful, removable legs, very light wieght yet sturdy, and the extra length on the board makes foot splashes much easier.
Do you need things like that in a stand? If yes, get a high end one. If you will not use things like this, the don't worry about getting an expensive one.