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Old 10-22-2012, 10:50 PM
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Default New hardware set

I am in need of getting a new hardware set and have got it down to the following options:

Mapex 700 series
pearl 900 series
gibralter 9600 series

They are all similar in price and all have stepless tilters. Just wondering which brand will last the longest? Or if they are all of similar standard. Many thanks,
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:26 PM
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Those are all good hardware packs.
It is a matter of personal taste as to which hardware you prefer.
Hardware of that level is strong and dependable and it will last for many years with proper care.
I use Gibraltar, Sonor, and Tama mostly.
I have no problems with any of my hardware.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:51 PM
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Provided you don't buy real bottom of the barrel stuff, any mid to high end hardware from any major manufacturer is going to do the job. How long they last will be down to how you care for and maintain them.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:04 AM
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From the three that you mentioned, I'm only familiar with the Pearl 900 series stands which I have quite a few. They are very strong, a bit on the weighty side, they stay where you place them and don't cost an arm and a leg. Plus they do have memory locks which aid in set-up time.

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Old 10-23-2012, 01:16 AM
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I'll echo the chorus. All of that lot can be considered good quality, it will all do the job you ask of it and will all stand the test of time if looked after properly. In this case, I'd go for the best deal.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:40 AM
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The thing about hardware is that you don't always want, or need the heaviest to do the job.

I use elegant looking Gibraltar Flat Base snare and cymbal stands for my Mapex Saturn Jazz Kit.

I use Tama and Pearl cymbal, tom, hat, and snare stands for my 6 piece ddrum/Pearl Rock kit.
(The hat and snare stands are single braced Tama and I like them a lot.)

I use Sonor 100 lightweight hardware on my Sonor Safari Jungle kit.

I use a Gibraltar hat stand and pedal, and lightweight PDP cymbal stands on my Ludwig Club Date Country/Rock kit.
I use many bass drum mounted cymbal stands from Gibraltar and Pearl.

~Buy Hardware To Match The Theme Of Your Kit~

Use the hardware in creative ways to enhance your kit and make a visual statement about you.
This isn't discussed often around here and it should be talked about.

Here are some pics of some of my kits to use as example.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:29 AM
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I, like Dennis, like the Pearl 900 stuff. But yeah, any of those would be good providing you take care of them. I just like the huge rubber feet on the Pearl. But I do use Tama Road Pro for my hi-hat and an Iron Cobra pedal, and I just recently discovered these PDP snare stands, double-braced, probably competing with Tama's Stagemaster stuff and I like the fact that the basket is off-set, it allows the drum to go lower for me. I like them so much I bought three - one for my tom, and two for my snares!
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