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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Gibraltar Quick Release Hi-Hat Clutch  

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  • All metal design
  • Revolutionary spring and ball-bearing clutch design
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      Gibraltar

      A revolutionary, new hi-hat clutch release system to save a drummer time and aggravation.

      If you've had enough of taking the time to screw on your hi-hats or having your bottom nut loosen during a show, the Gibraltar Quick Release Hi-Hat Clutch system is an easy and fast solution. With a new ball bearing and spring-loaded metal sleeve design, the drummer just needs to pull on the sleeve (releasing the auto clutch), slip off the felts, mount your cymbal, push in at the bottom of the sleeve and you’re locked in place.

      Features
      • All metal design
      • Revolutionary spring and ball-bearing clutch design

      Discover the fastest hi-hat cymbal mount ever! Order today.

       
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      GibraltarQuick Release Hi-Hat Clutch
       
      4.4

      (based on 9 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 3 Stars

         

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      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

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      86%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (7)
      • Functional (7)
      • Good quality (6)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (4)
        • Concerts (3)
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        5.0

        Best function and value

        By GCH

        from Washington, DC

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Set-up
        • Fast Take-down
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Value
        • Value For

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fast Set-up
          • Fast Take-down
          • Gigging Drummer

          Comments about Gibraltar Quick Release Hi-Hat Clutch:

          Remo started the QR clutch revolution. Taye has one exactly like it. This is Gibraltar's variation, and it has some interesting differences. Instead of pushing against a spring and twisting into a locking channel, this QR mechanism has ball-bearings and works much like an air chuck. This allows you to make the top cymbal as "sloshy" as you want (the Remo and Taye require at least a little down pressure). Because the Remo-Taye product has spring tension, the top nut does not loosen by itself - once set, it stays until you move it. Although the Gibraltar has a locking nut, it can (like all locking nuts on HH clutches) work its way loose, but does not seem particularly prone to doing so.

          What few people mention is how the clutch clamps to the rod. Instead of being a screw that bears into the rod (potentially marring it), it is a nut with a pass-through for the rod. Tightening the nut compresses the bearing surfaces against the clutch. This is similar in concept to the change that Ludwig made in the late 60s / early 70s. The BD mounted cymbal stand used to have a screw to keep it in the place, with the result that the L arms from that era are all marred. Ludwig changed this to a nut with a pass-through on the bolt, which holds the arm more securely and doesn't tend to mar it. What Ludwig did for BD mounted cymbal stands Gibraltar has done for HH clutches.

          One thing to be aware of is that the clutch is made to fit the larger American sized HH rods (.275"). While it will accommodate the smaller diameter rods of the Japanese kits (.238" = 6mm), it is more prone to slipping when used with the smaller diameter rod. This is not a deal-breaker, it just requires the you tighten the nut with a little extra love to make sure it stays in place.

          The ONLY down-side is that since it is a nut and not a screw, you can't use the standard screws that came with your HH stand. On the Remo or Taye, you can swap out the screw for your Ludwig or Yamaha, or whatever so that your hardware all matches. You can't with the Gibraltar for the reason stated above - it is a nut, not a screw. But if you are good with the look of the Gibraltar nut, this QR clutch offers some advantages over the Remo or Taye (although the Remo and Taye work fine, and if you have one of those, the Gibraltar's improvements are not enough to justify replace either of them, in my opinion).

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          4.0

          Great timesaver for gigging drummers!

          By Eric T.

          from El Paso, TX

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibraltar Quick Release Hi-Hat Clutch:

          Awesome product! This little thing saves me lots of time. As a gigging musician, I have to set up and tear down my kit 2-3 times per week. I am always looking for any little thing that can save me some time. I can set up my hats in about half the time now.

          The quality of the clutch is good. It is solid, and has never slipped on me.

          -1 star: The only issue I have with it is that the quick-release holder can be a little tough to put on. There are captured ball bearings that need to push in when you slide it onto the clutch. I find that sometimes I have to apply quite a bit of force to get it on. It's not a big deal, but I would give it 5 stars if it was a little easier to push on.

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          5.0

          Great Idea and Time Saver

          By Bob-Da-Druma

          from New England

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • TIME SAVER

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibraltar Quick Release Hi-Hat Clutch:

          When setting up and taking down a drum kit I am often in a hurry in a poorly lit area.
          I have cross threaded the cymbal nut on my clutch.
          I have dropped the cymbal nut and had it roll under things on the stage.
          I have had the cymbal nut loosen and fall off of the clutch while playing the hats.

          Those issues are just memories now :)
          I have both the standard, and the drop clutch versions of these hi-hat clutches and they work great.

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          5.0

          Yeah BABY!!!

          By Lowtones

          from Denver

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Gigging And Other
          • Gigging Other

          Comments about Gibraltar Quick Release Hi-Hat Clutch:

          Excellent design! Fast and easy to use. accepts every rod I have from vintage (small) to larger modern rods.

          I do wish it had a replaceable nylon sleeve for the cymbal hole like a cymbal stand, but none of my other clutches do either.

          I have used mine over a year, gigging several weekends a month with some higher sound level bands (Rock etc... but not Industrial Screamo or anything) and haven't had a single "quality issue" or failure with the product.

          Warning: you'll want all of your cymbals to be this easy.($$$)

          Also: you might want to experiment with the rod clamp tightness before gigging with it. Mine slipped a few times till I got it right for my foot pressure level.

          I'm buying a 2nd and maybe a 3rd one for all my hi hat stands .... I'm spoiled now

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          2.0

          Don't buy this

          By Mike

          from Chicago

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional

          Cons

          • Not The Best
          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibraltar Quick Release Hi-Hat Clutch:

          Falls of easy but is decant for the most part, there are a lot better ones out there for about the same price.

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          4.0

          nice clutch

          By westtex

          from Texas

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gibraltar Quick Release Hi-Hat Clutch:

            very cool clutch, worked great, I really like it. its a joy to be able to take my hihats down without having to spend time getting the clutch off.

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            5.0

            Awesome!

            By dexplosion

            from South Louisiana

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibraltar Quick Release Hi-Hat Clutch:

                This clutch makes removal of the top hi hat cymbal quick and easy. I like to swap hats around for different sounds, and it just makes the task so effortless.

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                5.0

                about time

                By Groovinator

                from sunny Cali!

                Comments about Gibraltar Quick Release Hi-Hat Clutch:

                Well it's about time this was made! for many years I thought this could be done and here it is! Very well made, easy to use and solid. I replaced my Tama clutch with this one and played a 2 hour gig. No slippage, it worked perfectly. There are 2 things to keep in mind. This clutch is heavier than a standard clutch, you may have to tighten your hat spring. The clutch is also taller than a standard clutch. Not by much, but if you cut your rod down really low it may be an issue. I would reccomend this product in a heartbeat.

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                5.0

                Freakin' Awesome!!!

                Comments about Gibraltar Quick Release Hi-Hat Clutch:

                Gibralter Engineering at it's best! We all know that set-up and tear-down time is crucial for drummers, and the hi hat clutch can be a wicked pain! This is a MUST HAVE FOR ALL DRUMMERS! It's heavy duty and simple to operate, also you dont have to worry about dropping a nut because it doesn't want to thread on the right way.
                Get it (or 2 if you're like me who have 2 sets of hihats on your kit), you won't regret it!

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