I’m with you on the DW pedals. I use DW 5000 dbl bass pedals, a DW 3000 hi-hat and a DW 9000 remote hi-hat. I love them all. So at least my pedals match (brand wise anyway)When I was a road warrior in the '70s my hardware was a total hodgepodge — I used whatever I could find and afford that worked, and I even had a few "Frankenstands" with parts from various brands. I wound up using two different brand bass drum pedals (Camco and Slingerland) because I never had enough money to buy two matching pedals together. When you're young, poor, and on the road you do what you have to so "the show must go on".
When I bought my new Ludwig Legacy Maple kit in 2013 I was old, employed, cranky, and only playing drums for my own enjoyment, so I could indulge my desire for order and get matching hardware. Since the hardware I had on hand (Pearl/Yamaha/DW) was over 20 years old and in rough shape I replaced it all:
Everything works like a charm; I couldn't be happier with all of my hardware.
- Ludwig Rocker tom holders with Classic tom brackets (none of this suspension mount BS)
- Ludwig Atlas Classic flat-base cymbal stands (light weight but plenty sturdy)
- Ludwig Atlas Pro snare stand (I like a heavy snare stand so the drum doesn't "dance-around" on smooth surfaces)
- DW 9000 pedals (the perfect pedal for me)
- Tama First-Chair "Ergo-Rider" throne (the older you get the more you pamper your butt)
- DW 5500 hi-hat (the only previously-used hardware item I carried over)
I will say that I love DW’s toothless tillers. Wouldn’t mind replacing all my cymbal arms with those.