Effect of Hi-hat seat on sound

Duracell

Senior Member
The hi-hat stand I use has a perfectly flat seat for the bottom cymbal. I notice that many stands have more of a bowl shaped seat. What's the effect on the sound? I'm asking this because I swear that my hi-hat sounds much tighter on the stand in my practice space, when compared to on my own stand.
 

TColumbia37

Silver Member
I've never heard any real difference in the sound of my hats on different stands

I would assume the difference you're hearing is due to lack of compensation to varying spring tensions, since you're switching between two different stands
 

Duracell

Senior Member
I've never heard any real difference in the sound of my hats on different stands

I would assume the difference you're hearing is due to lack of compensation to varying spring tensions, since you're switching between two different stands
So I should try lowering my spring tension, so I require less foot pressure to close the hats....That makes so much sense suddenly. Thanks!
 
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oddtime74

Guest
I just bought the Gibraltar hi hat seat and washer set and it's made my Sabian B8's brighter, have more sustain and makes my hits more articulate. With the standard felt washers, seat and washers, I feel it muted my hats too much. They also rock back n forth a lot easier as well.

As a note I break the washers in when I remember to. I compress them by pressing down on the pedal and then when I clean off my hats, like get all the wood chips out from inside the bell of the lower hat and give them a hit of Groove Juice I will squeeze the washers between my fingers to make them a bit more soft. I find they are a bit too hard to start with but overall like them a lot.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gibraltar-Rubber-Hi-Hat-Seat-490786-i1395003.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gibraltar-Rubber-Hi-Hat-Clutch-Pads-106095565-i1395002.gc
 

TColumbia37

Silver Member
I just bought the Gibraltar hi hat seat and washer set and it's made my Sabian B8's brighter, have more sustain and makes my hits more articulate. With the standard felt washers, seat and washers, I feel it muted my hats too much. They also rock back n forth a lot easier as well.

As a note I break the washers in when I remember to. I compress them by pressing down on the pedal and then when I clean off my hats, like get all the wood chips out from inside the bell of the lower hat and give them a hit of Groove Juice I will squeeze the washers between my fingers to make them a bit more soft. I find they are a bit too hard to start with but overall like them a lot.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gibraltar-Rubber-Hi-Hat-Seat-490786-i1395003.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gibraltar-Rubber-Hi-Hat-Clutch-Pads-106095565-i1395002.gc
I have never heard a single B8 that I would descibe as 'articulate'. They're certainly bright, though.
 
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