heheeeI would just like to quote this post so it can be read again ... "some 200kg double braced, titanium plated, nuclear pulsed reinforced thing with nine arms on it" ROFL
Some people dis Dixon stands. When I was assembling my kit I asked for the lightest stands in the shop. The guy kept showing me these big things I kept saying "is there anything lighter?". Finally he delved into the dark cobweb-laded recesses to pull out these little Dixons that cost next to nothing. For joy for joy! When I saw the brand I had a brief twinge because I remembered how inadequate they were in a rock setting, but they're perfect for laid back drummers who hate lugging heavy crap around.
That's exactly what happened to me! I went into a store and asked for the lightest simplest stand they had, and even though they had those crappy little Dixon's, they didn't show me those and actually tried to refuse to sell me them. He kept saying "No, these won't do. You need something cooler, and bigger and more retro if you're going for the little straight stand look" and I had to keep explaining that I wasn't going for a 'look' but he wouldn't believe me.
He took me over to these new DW stands that were all retro and hip and looked like the old stands from the 60's etc, and the guy says "Hey man, if you're looking for that hip retro look like Ringo, you can't go past these babies. All the chicks will dig you, and as long as you buy that retro drum kit with a 26" bass drum, you'll get all the gigs in town with these stands" after which I said "Hmm, I was actually just looking for the lightest, cheapest straight stand. I wasn't really after the chick magnet, retro Ringo, gig getting stands that cost $200 nor the 26" bass drum which defeats the purpose of my getting the lightest stuff I can find. What about that little stand over there hiding up the very back tucked away behind everything else?" at which the guy just shook his head and walked away obviously thinking "What's he even into music for if he doesn't want those chick magnet, retro Ringo, gig getting stands along with the 26" bass drum in cool swirly psychedelic patterns? That's not the look"