Thoughts on Sabian Paragon hi-hats?

Local Oaf

Well-known member
Have any of you played on Sabian Paragon 14" hi-hats?

I've been playing with your standard Zildjian 14" A Customs lately, whose brightness I have grown to like after initially finding them pretty bland. I have tried recently some Paragon hi-hats of the same size. I have a chance to get a really good deal on the Paragons, but it's ultimately not a huge rush. I like them a lot and I think I would likely grow into loving them as I play on them more, but I'd like to hear your thoughts, especially if you happen to who have played on both A Customs and Paragons. My only worry is the Paragons are thicker and I don't really want a super dead or especially gong-y sound from my hats. I play a lot of hardcore, hip-hop, rocksteady, slowcore, punk, etc. for reference.

Thanks!
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
I've been using 14" Paragon hats on tour since 2013, and am very happy with them. I would say they have a an upper-mid-range focus, and therefore seem to 'cut' better, but they're not dead or clang-y, just a bit more aggressive than A Customs.

IMO, Paragons compare to A Customs, as A Customs compare to New Beats. :)

Bermuda
 

Local Oaf

Well-known member
IMO, Paragons compare to A Customs, as A Customs compare to New Beats. :)
Thank you so much! I'm not a smart man, so I'm gonna clarify with you. Your New Beats analogy means the Paragons are a step up in quality or in aggressiveness? Thank you again.
 

iCe

Senior Member
Probably because the Paragons were based on the hats Neil used to use when he was with Zildjian; 13" New Beats were his main hats for years
 
I've been using 14" Paragon hats on tour since 2013, and am very happy with them. I would say they have a an upper-mid-range focus, and therefore seem to 'cut' better, but they're not dead or clang-y, just a bit more aggressive than A Customs.

IMO, Paragons compare to A Customs, as A Customs compare to New Beats. :)

Bermuda
This.

I own 14" Paragons and this sums it up pretty nicely. Paragons are actually pretty affordable as well.
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Thank you so much! I'm not a smart man, so I'm gonna clarify with you. Your New Beats analogy means the Paragons are a step up in quality or in aggressiveness? Thank you again.
I meant that sound and feel-wise, I think the A Customs are right in-between Paragons and New Beats. So if you want a slightly more aggressive - maybe a better word is assertive - sound and feel than the A Customs, I think you'll find that in the Paragons.
 

Local Oaf

Well-known member
I meant that sound and feel-wise, I think the A Customs are right in-between Paragons and New Beats. So if you want a slightly more aggressive - maybe a better word is assertive - sound and feel than the A Customs, I think you'll find that in the Paragons.
Cool. Thank you for the clarification! I picked up the Paragons. Got 'em for $100, which was pretty damn good from my research. I like them quite a bit. I often love to mix and match with hi-hats to get interesting sounds. So what I'm going to do is give my A Customs to my sister (who is just starting to play the drums) and keep the Paragons. But I also have an A Custom Mastersound bottom hat that I mix in from time to time. I tried it out with the Paragons and it sounds sweet as well. Leaves me with some options if I want a slightly brighter sound from time to time.
 
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