Re: DW pedals ... kind of crap?
Talking hardware here, I personally think (for the price point) there are other companies making better hardware than DW. Pearl, Tama, Mapex, and now Ludwig coming out with new hardware Dw I think are going to have problems. Sure it's good stuff but take individual pieces of hardware and compare there is way better more sturdy and reliable hardware out there for a heck of a lot less money.
Snare stands, Pearls s1000, s 2000 are more sturdy and durable for a ton less, the eliminator pedals are much less than the comparable 5000, and cost less and have twice the features, etc..
I love Dw drums, and they are hard to beat, but the hardware I believe is very beatable.
Sorry I guess we were just talking pedals here... I kinda went off a bit.