Re: High End Hat Stands....Godsend or Gimmick?
Hello! New guy here.
I vote for "gimmick", and unfortunately I fell for it!
Just purchased a new DW 9000 bass drum pedal along with the DW9500 three-legged hi-hat stand, and what did I get? An added 30 lbs to my trap case.
To add insult to injury, I knew this going in, thinking I'll eventually fall in love with my $600 investment. My thinking has always been that my stuff won't get broken while playing, it's when it gets moved around by others or set-up by others, so it needs to stand up on its own - and over the years this has been true for me. My stuff did move around alot and was set-up by alot of different people over the years.
But nowadays, not-so-much.
And to think the lesson that taught me that, yes, this was all a gimmick was when I got to see Steve Gadd do a clinic in Hollywood years ago. He played an old Gretsch Floating Action pedal that was modified with a gear and chain, and what looked like an early Yamaha 7-series hat, that he literally was stomping on!
Note to self....