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Old 02-29-2008, 11:17 PM
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Default I'm in desperate need for a good clutch...

I'm currently using my stock clutch, which, as many of you must know, low budget, generic clutches suck. It gets loose, you have to stop and turn the key to close the hihats,etc, etc...So, I need a good clutch that I can open and close on the fly. I was looking at the drop clutches from Gibraltar and Pearl, but I'd like to know your opinions on the matter. What do you guys recommend?

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Old 03-01-2008, 12:38 AM
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Default Re: I'm in desperate need for a good clutch...

Personally I think as long as it's a high end clutch, it doesn't matter. Gibraltar, Pearl, DW etc.. they're all fine. I'd personally go with the high end model of whatever brand you have, unless you have a cheapo set, but if you don't do that, go with the Gibraltar. It will be as solid as a rock and be a universal fit.
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:04 AM
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Default Re: I'm in desperate need for a good clutch...

Indeed, I have a cheapo set, so go figure... I really like the Gibraltar drop clutch, you can't go wrong for 10 bucks, compared to the $25 Pearl. As long as I can switch from closed to open on the fly, and doesn't become loose, everything is cool.
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:31 AM
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Default Re: I'm in desperate need for a good clutch...

Taye makes a cool clutch that doesn't unscrew as you play--quick clutch release.
Sorry, I missed the part about drop clutch--this one is great but not a drop.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:45 AM
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Default Re: I'm in desperate need for a good clutch...

Perfect but expensive: Tamas Cobra Clutch.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:54 PM
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Default Re: I'm in desperate need for a good clutch...

Pearl all the way. End of the day - top range are all down to personal preference.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:31 AM
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Default Re: I'm in desperate need for a good clutch...

I have the pearl one and it works very nicely
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:28 AM
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Default Re: I'm in desperate need for a good clutch...

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Pearl all the way. End of the day - top range are all down to personal preference.
There is a huge difference between the Tama and the other clutches. Concept-wise (the Cobra Clutch is controlled with the foot) and price-wise ($100 vs. $25). But that doesn't mean one is better than the other. Just different.
As you said: in the end, the choice should depend on needs and personal preferences.

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Old 03-04-2008, 10:05 PM
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Default Re: I'm in desperate need for a good clutch...

The Cobra clutch is pretty cool.

If I needed one, I wouldn't let the price make me NOT get one.
The 'usage' part is pretty quick to get used to, and it's easy to operate.

The issue with it is the space needed...an extra 6" or so, or "none" for a regular drop clutch.

However, the hi hat sound you can get with the Cobra clutch (being as it's adjustable as to how tight or loose it can go) would be worth the space.

That is, if you'd use it a lot.

If you'd be dropping the clutch only 2 or 3 times in a set, then maybe a regular, good, DC is more in line.

If you'd use a DC A LOT, I'd save the money a Cobra Clutch (or any thing like it) would cost, and invest in a second set of hats that are always closed, and set at the tightness you want.
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