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Old 06-09-2009, 11:50 AM
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Cymbal choices (Hats)


Cymbals. . . don't ya love em?
I'm trying to figure out my 'dream cymbal' setup, and I've gradually whittled my (once) huge list down to just a not very small one with some annoying choices in there. Let's go

Down here, and help me choose my setup.

HATS.
I've narrowed my list of hats to a couple of choices
*Sabian XS20 13/14" hats - I've played and heard a couple of XS20 series hats, they sound pretty nice, can't really pick a fault.

*Paiste 12/13" Twenty hats - I think these are the hats Mike Johnston uses ( I don't know if you people go on Youtube alot, but he has some drumming things up there, and he's from Simon Says). These hats are real nice, good 'click' when you hit them, but I don't know what they sound like open. Real nice sound with the foot as well. Also two of my favourite drummers (of all time!!) endorse Paiste (I'm talking about Stewart Copeland and Ian Paice).

*Sabian AAX stage hats - These are the ones Mike Portnoy (Yay!) uses on (I think) Train of Thought/ Octavarium (by Dream Theater, for all you losers who didn't know out there).

If you people have had any experience or have an opinion on any of the above could ya tell me so I don't waste some money on one I think is good but is actually crap? Cheers. I'll do another post with rides or something, cause I can't be bothered typing any more at the moment. Hello RSI. . .
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:34 PM
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Re: Cymbal choices (Hats)


Check out the Zildjian 14" New Beat Hi Hat. They're bright clean sound and versatile when you play them loose or tight.
Who knows, you might like them, I do.
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:02 PM
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Re: Cymbal choices (Hats)


I just aquired some 14" Sabain AAX stage hats and I must say they are pretty sweet sounding (to me anyway).
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Re: Cymbal choices (Hats)


Well?, if you are anything like me youd better try to hear them befor you drop that kind of money. I dont think anything you mentioned sounds bad, just different. Personally id get the Paiste twentys, they sound very crisp yet sweet. My crisp and sweet may differ from yours. I cant stress enough to try and listen to them personally or at least go to Paistes site and give their hats a listen.
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Re: Cymbal choices (Hats)


XS20's are more mid-line cymbals but the do match up with the
other choices. Xs20 hats are really good.
But I'm going to go with the AAX's. Although the Signature hats are good,
AAX are more reliable.
I played them at Guitar Center,
and they are very dark sounding if thats what your looking for.
They are very responsive too.
So, AAX is the way to go at my view. See what sounds the best to you.
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:54 PM
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Re: Cymbal choices (Hats)


Alright you guys... I must be going nuts... I can afford pretty much anything I want... I played a number of HiHats at Guitar Center and fell in love with the bottom of the line Zil's I think they are 1 level above ZHTs ... maybe ZKTs or something?? I thought they had much softer click a ability than the HARD click of the more expensive hats... they seemed to be much more responsive at softer strikes, really nice ssshhhhkkk at mid pressure.. just great all around... How can I be so far off what the market demands!!! Thanks guys/gals... Dave
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:33 PM
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Re: Cymbal choices (Hats)


Thats why we all say go listen to them before you buy them. What one drummer thinks sounds bad another drummer will think sounds perfect. Perfect cymbal sounds is completely a matter of personal opinion and not be judged by how much they cost or where in the manufacturers line they are.

If they sound killer to you then they are perfect.
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Re: Cymbal choices (Hats)


I've used the Sabian XS20 14'' hi hats at a gig once, there so awesome... nice chick, projection, and it's damn loud open. But I used those hi-hats in my house and they sound much different obviously, just saying if you play in a small area it might sound bad

I currently own the 14'' New Beat Hi-hats, and wow I'm impressed - it's personally the best hi-hat and versatile - good for jazz to metal, to punk

good luck with your search, and I've learned the hard way to always TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!
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Old 07-11-2009, 09:44 AM
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Re: Cymbal choices (Hats)


ryder904 indubitably, try before you buy. I've got the same Hi Hat cymbals on my kit. The New Beats were one of Mitch Mitchell's favorites also.
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The Paiste Twenties sound really warm and are about 3/4 full between hollow and full, if you catch what I'm saying. Its a very responsive, powerful open sound. I like it a lot.
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