Re: DW pedals ... kind of crap?
DW5000 series is as standard as you can get but why would you ever go to DW looking for bang for your buck. They are expensive (sometimes esoteric) but they do make good quality stuff. I have owned both the 9000 (didn't like it) and the single chain 5000 (my backup) but I personally like Tama for pedals, but would consider DW just as tough or tougher except for the poorly designed heel plate hinge. And really no decent pedal makes that much difference once your technique is down.
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