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Old 05-01-2010, 08:38 PM
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Default Rivets vs. chain sizzlers

What are the differences between rivets and chain sizzlers?

Are they similar or do they produce the same characteristic sound?
Would a chain sizzlers be more convenient than rivets due to its removability?
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:35 PM
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Default Re: Rivets vs. chain sizzlers

The differences obviously are that rivets are sorta permanent and chains arent. Soundwise, which is superior, I'd say rivets. However I'm not too picky about it and I use a string with 2 - 3/8" machine nuts tied to one end, and a loop on the other end. I put the loop around the cymbal stand post and the nuts bounce about 1" from the edge. That way I'm not locked into a sizzle cymbal. I like the sound, but there are those who don't. I tried chains and didn't like the tone. Nuts sound better to my ear. Vibrating nuts baby.
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:22 AM
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Default Re: Rivets vs. chain sizzlers

A couple more differences:

1) A chain tends to hang down on the lowest side of the cymbal. For 98 or so percent of us, that's the side facing us. So a chain can seriously get in the way.

2) Chains can bounce off the surface of the cymbal if you start laying into it.

3) Chains focus on just one area of the ride, while rivets react to the whole cymbal, and to me just sound better if you want a sizzle sound.
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