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Old 03-13-2013, 09:57 AM
MrLeadFoot MrLeadFoot is offline
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Default Re: Thick vs. Thin Hi-Hat Top

Originally Posted by caddywumpus View Post
I refer to what you're talking about in 3 ways...hats can be clangy (heavy and gongy), sloshy (have some body but start to "open up" more than clangy ones), and sizzly (thinner hats that open up easily and "sizzle" well--kinda like a riveted cymbal sound). Not all heavy cymbals are clangy--my HHX Evolution hats are proof of this. I think it has more to do with how much tension or how stiff a cymbal is that detemines its sonic characteristics, but I'm no expert...
You might be right as far as cymbal flexibility goes, which is why my thinner top and crash-used-as-top both blow the thicker Paragons out of the water when it comes to fanning.

But, am I correct in assuming that in general that thicker hats produce more cut with the closed hi-hat sound?
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