High Hat Cymbals

Roorat

New member
What is the best high hat cymbals for soft worship houses? I have been using Sabian 13 inch ones for several years but would like larges one with a soft tone. Am not on a low budget but don't want to break the bank. We have a full band and a good sound system (Yamaha tf5). We have a full sound but we don't knock people down with the volume. Of course that's a matter of opinion.
 

mikyok

Platinum Member
If you're a Sabian guy then the 15" HHX complex are very nice (in fact I really like the whole series)

If it's from my own collection, the 15" K Lights which are quite similar to the HHX complex.
 

Peedy

Senior Member
If you're a Sabian guy then the 15" HHX complex are very nice (in fact I really like the whole series)

If it's from my own collection, the 15" K Lights which are quite similar to the HHX complex.
That's straight on target. Think Dark and Complex. Brand is less important. If I were you, I'd be thinking that two sets should cover your needs.

1. Matched HHs (about the same weights) of dark jazz hats. 14in would be about 700 to 825 grams.
2. For a louder set list, the bottom gets heavier with a 14in pair weighing about 750 and 1200 grams.

Pete
 

Peedy

Senior Member
Thank for the info guys.
This is the sound I'm talking about, and all of my HH pairings have some variation of that sound/feel. Easier and generally cheaper to find it in vintage gear with K Zildjians and Trans Stamps being the exceptions. If it were me, I'd hook up with a local player at a jazz club near you (N.O. after all) and see where they steer you.

Pete


 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
I was also thinking bigger will be a bit softer actually. I am a Zildjian guy (buy choice, not sponsorship...), so I can only recommend their K's or K Customs. K Dark Customs specifically would be my choice...
 

timmdrum

Silver Member
I was also thinking bigger will be a bit softer actually.
I think bigger would be a little louder, but with a lower pitch, so, deciding on whether volume or higher, more piercing frequencies is the (potential) problem should point you in the right direction. If it's both, maybe smaller (13") and darker (K, HH, something thinner and less polished, etc) is called for.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
I think bigger would be a little louder, but with a lower pitch, so, deciding on whether volume or higher, more piercing frequencies is the (potential) problem should point you in the right direction. If it's both, maybe smaller (13") and darker (K, HH, something thinner and less polished, etc) is called for.
yeah...I think darker is more what I was going for, but I also feel like my 15" Quick Beats are not as "brash" as my 14" New Beats...like I can control the volume better with the Quick Beats
 

Peedy

Senior Member
Sadly, dominiquegz1 is a donkey that's completely mute. Sigh.

Edit - you’re probably confused by this post. It came because the aforementioned and probably now former member put up 10 consecutive posts with links to porn sites. It seems that church hi hats hit a raw nerve.

Pete
 
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MarianoM

New member
I think Zildjian K light 15 or 16 inches or Istambul Agop 30th anniversary 15 or 16 inches, may have the sound you're looking for.
 

PorkPieGuy

Platinum Member
I think bigger would be a little louder, but with a lower pitch, so, deciding on whether volume or higher, more piercing frequencies is the (potential) problem should point you in the right direction. If it's both, maybe smaller (13") and darker (K, HH, something thinner and less polished, etc) is called for.
I would think that cymbal thickness has more to do with volume as opposed to size (but size can definitely play a part). I could be wrong though. The cymbals I play now are pretty big, and they are definitely quieter than my smaller, thicker cymbals.
 

timmdrum

Silver Member
I would think that cymbal thickness has more to do with volume as opposed to size (but size can definitely play a part). I could be wrong though. The cymbals I play now are pretty big, and they are definitely quieter than my smaller, thicker cymbals.
I suppose that could play into it also, but increased thickness tends to raise pitch too, so could it be that you perceive them to be louder due to a more piercing frequency?
 

KirbyM

Senior Member
mycymbal.com is a great place to listen to a lot of cymbals. I have bought several from them. Very pleased with my purchases and I'm extremely picky about cymbals.
 
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