All I can say is that I have owned TONS of drum hardware from various manufacturers in my lifetime, and I am so pleased with the quality, durability and price of these, and all of Mapex's products, that I am back, buying more for my set expansion. I can afford to buy products from whichever manufacturer I wish, but I choose Mapex because they make a high-quality product and ask a fair price. I honestly wouldn't trade my Mapex Orions for ANY other manufacturer's drums, simply because they sound better than any others I have played, and Mapex is not greedy like most of the other popular equipment manufacterers are. To me, Mapex stands for high quality, low price, and consistent availability. Great tom holder! Solid. Holds my toms without flinching even when I am pounding on them. Ball and socket joint is high quality and durable. Memory lock included. Top quality construction, AWESOME chrome plating job, and the ball and socket joint holds firm at any angle and is highly durable. Price has doubled on these since the last time I purchased them, about four years ago--I guess that is the same with everything these days, though!