18 inch hats

Jbravo

Senior Member
Well I finally gathered my courage and cut down my Sabian 21 inch thin cymbal into an 18” bottom hihat. It worked!! They are deep, with a lot of volume.
 

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VitalTransformation

Silver Member
Will it never end? I predict everyone will have 22" hats by 2025 and hardware mfgs will start making purpose built, heavy spring stands for them!
 

Jbravo

Senior Member

vyacheslav

Senior Member
I don't know how people play those large hi-hats. In addition to having no definition or articulation, it also puts your left foot much further away and at a weird angle to accommodate them. Even 15" feels huge and uncomfortable to me. No thanks!

If it works for you, then that's cool and that's really all that matters, but I'm hoping this trend of large hi-hats goes away soon. Then again, I've been saying that about the O-Zone cymbals and "stackers" for years now and those are still going strong. Sigh.
 

Mustion

Senior Member
That’s the great thing about trends- no one is required to participate... :)

Pretty much. In fact I dislike when something I use/like becomes trendy. For instance I probably would have spent a lot less piecing together my set of Ks if big cymbals weren't so "in" right now...
 

Jbravo

Senior Member
I’ve always liked big cymbals. Until now though I’ve been unwilling to spend what it takes to buy them, as it’s hard to find them in discounted “packs”.

The 18” big beat just didn’t blend the way I wanted with the others, but it makes a great top hat.

The cut down Sabian on the bottom sounds good, but my ocd may require the purchase of another Paiste eventually.

I’m willing to spend a bit more now, because once I I’ve got this kit complete, I’m done buying. (Drum stuff anyway... :)
 

Cmdr. Ross

Silver Member
I went up to 15" hats from 13's this year. Not sure why I waited as long as I did to do this as they're night and day from what I've been playing all these years. Everything about them just works for what I play.

That being said, I see 0 reason for anything bigger. I really don't. I played a few pairs of 16" hats at NAMM and just gave up on getting them to sound at all like I want.
15 was the limit for me. To go to 18's just seems silly IMO.
 

Jbravo

Senior Member
I went up to 15" hats from 13's this year. Not sure why I waited as long as I did to do this as they're night and day from what I've been playing all these years. Everything about them just works for what I play.

That being said, I see 0 reason for anything bigger. I really don't. I played a few pairs of 16" hats at NAMM and just gave up on getting them to sound at all like I want.
15 was the limit for me. To go to 18's just seems silly IMO.

Well thanks. I think you’re silly too. How could something you don’t do work for someone else?! It’s just crazy! :/
 

alparrott

Platinum Member
I loved my 16" hats, and will probably still pull them out and play them when the occasion calls for it. Having said that, I've found a nice 14" pairing that works well, and 16" hats and 13" snare don't feel balanced sizewise. But then, I played 13" hats and a 12" snare for a while... my tastes veer wildly like a driver at 1 am on New Year's Day.
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
I have two kits set up and both of them have 14" hats.
I've got a couple sets of 13's that I like just as much, but they're stored away.
This thread reminds me I should set them up once in a while so they don't feel neglected.
 
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