Re: DW pedals ... kind of crap?
I own a DW 5000 chain pedal and also a 5000 three legged hi hat stand and wouldn't put the word "crap" describing either one. I also own the Pearl 900 hi hat stand and think that it's great. Actually I replaced the 900 stand with the DW 5000. With anything that you're concerned about a certain feeling when playing it, research and personal experience is key. If you want to get really critical, check the stands with the same weight cymbals you usually use, at least the same diameter cymbals. I don't buy anything until I've thoroughly checked them out in person. I have many other pedals and stands and when I'm playing them, "crap" never really enters my mind.