Originally Posted by IDDrummer
I've found the rippled bottom to give a characteristic cut of its own - maybe that would do the trick without going to a heavier top!
I've used (and owned) sets of hi-hats with a rippled bottom before, but I found that they produced a very weak foot-splash sound with the pedal (which I assume is what fanning means).
Although rippled bottoms give you less air-lock and more cut, they also provide less surface area for the top and bottom to interact when splashing and therefore give a weaker sound, which would take the OP back to square one.
Hope everyone is well,