I say build a sandwich, impale it on the hi hat rod, and eat it while you play. For the theatre of it.Thinking about it, you could build an epic post gig sandwich on a second hi-hat...
I'm always kinda surprised how many "get off my lawn"ers populate these types of threads. Haven't any of youse wanted a different sound and tried something out? I'm thankful there are trends like this, otherwise we'd still be playing tack head Chinese toms and snare drums sitting in chairs. If throwing a couple slices of grilled onion on my snare drum or an otter pelt on my hats gives me a sound I can use, I'm game. Semi-old guy here, btw. If you're ever in a situation where you're playing what you think is an amazing groove and all of a sudden the songwriter or engineer (or whoever) suddenly says, "Yeah, that's alright but the hi-hats are obnoxious... find another sound!", you'd better be able to come up with something quick.
This stuff is very impressive. They use it as the floor in their show booth at conventions."Replace my grass with a maintenance-free hardscape"
This stuff is very impressive. They use it as the floor in their show booth at conventions.
Sounds like heaven. I have too much land to go all-out artificial. This summer, though, we'll be exploring some hardscape options to cut down on yardwork. I live in a cold climate with a long winter and a relatively short growing season, which is nice, but I do dread the mowing months. It's not my ideal way to spend an afternoon.
"Get off my lawn" doesn't encapsulate my character. "Replace my grass with a maintenance-free hardscape" does. I like minimalism. Accessories are antithetical to that spirit. I don't care if other drummers place costume jewelry on their cymbals and drumheads. It's just not something I want to do, nor has an engineer or musician ever asked me to.
A reasonable response, Mr. Jones. Have you ever had to modify one of your instruments' sound, for the sake of a recording or gig? Perhaps a song required a more muffled snare drum? All of that stuff on the hats in the OP change the sound of the instrument, are easily added or removed, and don't require permanent modification of the core instrument.
Of course, if one doesn't care about such things, then it could be viewed as frivolous. Minimalism is great. 95% of the time, I use a setup identical to yours. For the remaining 5% of the time that might require me to get a bit esoteric, I like having a bag full of goodies at the ready just in case. If it weren't for the trend, I probably wouldn't have even thought to have the bag of goodies available. That's also why I carry around 5 different muffling options for snares and toms. Options can be a good thing. So can a lack of options.