Re: High End Hat Stands....Godsend or Gimmick?
I own a Mapex Hi hat stand, and it was about 89.00, I think. I wanted to get the Tama iron Cobra one to match my pedals, but after testing out the Mapex and the Tama, the Mapex felt better. Just more "solid", and it was cheaper, too. It has three legs, but has the ability to turn them, so you can get it right next to your slave pedal, if using a double. My old hi-hat stand was cheap, and I can definitely feel the difference. I think the biggest difference is from the real cheap stands to the "middle class". Once you get there, the difference from "middle class" to "upper class" is marginal. One point, however, that wasn;t made here, is that if you get a stand with the gimmicky features, maybe you'd START using them. I never had a need for a tilting stand, but I also never played one. Maybe if I did, I'd become reliant on it. So, to answer your question" I don't know. :)
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