Thanks Bermuda for the reply! Wow, 29 pairs of 15's? I wonder, though, if you loose some pitch going to the 15's. I can relate about the brand thing. I've played nothing but Paiste 2002 crashes and rides for the past 27 years. However, I just COULD NOT get myself to like the 2002 sound edge hats. They sounded and played too harsh for my taste. So...I have my Paiste 2002 cymbals paired with 14" Zildjian New Beats. I keep intending to try some 2002 mediums, maybe, or heavies, just to have a matched set.With many, there's a nice slushiness and a smoother sound - the extra inch adds enough real estate to make a nice difference. It's like going from a 22 to a 24" bass drum. It's only a 10% difference, but it's significant.
I have 29 pair of 15"s and I'd say most sound and feel great. Some of my favorites are Zildjian (late '70s) Constantinople, original Paiste 602, Dream Bliss, Masterwork. It's just a nice size. For whatever reason, as a Sabian artist for 22+ years, I don't have any 15" Sabian hats.
Not necessarily, the weight has more to do with pitch than size alone. So a heavier pair can sound pretty crisp.Thanks Bermuda for the reply! Wow, 29 pairs of 15's? I wonder, though, if you loose some pitch going to the 15's.
The size definitely DOES affect the pitch though. My 18" 2002 Thin Crash/Rude Wild Crush Ride combo are lower pitched than my 17" Twenty Thin Crash hats even though the Crush Ride is a heavier cymbal than the Twenty Thin.Not necessarily, the weight has more to do with pitch than size alone. So a heavier pair can sound pretty crisp.
But pitch being equal, the overall sound will be affected by the size. Imagine an 8x10" tom that sounds great, and then taking a 9x12" tom and tuning it to the same note. The pitch will be the same, but the sound is fuller on the 12". It is probably preferrable, too. Hence, why 15" hats sound and feel good.
Ooh, I bet they do. My favorite set is a pair of 15" 70's New Beats. I can play anything with those. The weight gives me a good foot chick and more volume than I'll ever need while the size gives me a lower pitch that a comparable set of 14's. When ever anyone plays my hat's I am reminded of how loud they can get for players with less developed dynamics.My 16" New Beats give me an eargasm when I play them.