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Meinl HCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up 

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Meinl's HCS line of entry-level cymbals combine quality and value. They are made from MS63 alloy for a warm, harmonic, and balanced sound. They offer...Click To Read More About This Product

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A matched HCS setup perfect for the beginner outfitting a drum set.

Meinl's HCS line of entry-level cymbals combine quality and value. They are made from MS63 alloy for a warm, harmonic, and balanced sound. They offer quality sounds at an affordable price.

FEATURES
  • 14" hi-hats
  • 16" crash
  • 20" ride
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MeinlHCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up
 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright sound (3)
  • Explosive attack (3)
  • Full crash (3)
  • Responsive feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good value.

I'm fairly critical of drum equipment for the most part. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest Meinl to a beginner. If you have deeper pockets then skip them and go for better. But these...Read complete review

I'm fairly critical of drum equipment for the most part. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest Meinl to a beginner. If you have deeper pockets then skip them and go for better. But these things will get the job done.
Drumming is an expensive thing to get in to. A first kit can really burn up some cash, especially with cymbals. There was a time when inexpensive cymbals were so incredibly bad that they weren't even playable. Meinl has overcome this with the HCS series. They're not great but they are quite serviceable.

Hi Hats. They are good. The sound is there. I will definitely keep the hats even when my kids begin to outgrow their first set.

Crash cymbal. Meh, I can take or leave it. Maybe it'll grow on me. Doubt it. It definitely sounds a wee bit on the trashy side. It's miles better than any other inexpensive cymbal I've played so that that for what it's worth. In this case, less than a hundred bucks.

Ride cymbal. Very nice. It's clean without a lot of overtones. Probably a keeper, just like the hi hats.
Nice finish.
You'll never find spend less for usable cymbals. It just won't happen. These things are the absolute best value in beginner cymbals out there. Don't expect to be able to take them to gigs because the crash would be an embarrassment.

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I wish I hadn't bought these...

I know this review is kind of weird, cause everyone else seems to love these cymbals so much. I bought these as my first set of cymbals to go with my original sound percussion...Read complete review

I know this review is kind of weird, cause everyone else seems to love these cymbals so much. I bought these as my first set of cymbals to go with my original sound percussion set. First off, the hi-hats. They have an ugly sort of "clunk" sound when played closed, and a weird ringy sound when played open. I don't know why. Also, they seem to sound different every time I hit them, even in the same spot.The ride cymbal is really good, surprisingly. The bell has a neat "ping" noise, and the edges make a sort of "teng" noise. Definitely the best of the three.The crash is the worst. I don't know why, but I really dislike how it sounds- very tinny and annoying. It also is hard to roll on or crescendo.Overall, I guess this review is kinda negative. I HIGHLY recommend saving up an extra $50-100 and buying a sabian b8, paiste bronze or zildjian ZBT/ZHT pack instead-remember that these Meinls in this pack are made of brass, so they will not sound as good as the bronzes. Even better, if you plan on going pro or semi-pro, go for a b20 sabian cymbal or two.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

These came with my first set, and...

By MattLikesUnicorns

from Cullman, Al

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Bright Sound
  • Cheap
  • Explosive Attack
  • Focused Crash
  • Full Crash
  • Responsive Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jazz Clubs
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Meinl HCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up:

    No, these arent amazing cymbals. BUT, they're about as good as you're going to get for the price. They definately do NOT feel or sound like they're Meinl's bottom-of-the-line cymbals. If you have the money, go for something a little higher up. If, like me, you're a begginer, try these out: you wont regret it.
    Either way, though, Meinl's got to be the best choice for cymbals.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    I wish I hadn't bought these...

    By Zach A.

    from GA

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Meinl HCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up:

    I know this review is kind of weird, cause everyone else seems to love these cymbals so much. I bought these as my first set of cymbals to go with my original sound percussion set. First off, the hi-hats. They have an ugly sort of "clunk" sound when played closed, and a weird ringy sound when played open. I don't know why. Also, they seem to sound different every time I hit them, even in the same spot.The ride cymbal is really good, surprisingly. The bell has a neat "ping" noise, and the edges make a sort of "teng" noise. Definitely the best of the three.The crash is the worst. I don't know why, but I really dislike how it sounds- very tinny and annoying. It also is hard to roll on or crescendo.Overall, I guess this review is kinda negative. I HIGHLY recommend saving up an extra $50-100 and buying a sabian b8, paiste bronze or zildjian ZBT/ZHT pack instead-remember that these Meinls in this pack are made of brass, so they will not sound as good as the bronzes. Even better, if you plan on going pro or semi-pro, go for a b20 sabian cymbal or two.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    good enough for a inspiring drummer

    By madmatt666

    from n.e. wi

    Comments about Meinl HCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up:

    I got these cymbals free with drum set that i purchased one year ago, they have held through the test of a death metal drummer, although too ringy and high pitched to be used for shows or recording, i would tell someone who is just starting out or just getting back into drumming (as was i) to use them for the purpose of learning how to play again.they can hold up the hard hits, with minor dents, the ride is high pitched and no defintion between the bell and the rest of the ride.

     
    5.0

    Nice for the price

    By Mr D

    from Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, Texas.

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

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    Pros

    • Bright Sound
    • Explosive Attack
    • Focused Crash
    • Full Crash
    • Responsive Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Jazz Clubs
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Meinl HCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up:

      I am a freelance guitarist/upright bassist building a home studio. I bought this set of cymbals to go with a set of Mapex drums. This cymbal set offered more cymbal diameter for the price compared to other sets. I have studied and played West African drums so I know lots of bell patterns to play on the cymbals. Each symbol has a distinct sound and all sound like they should be part of the same set. I believe these will get the job done.

       
      4.0

      Pretty good basic set

      By Bigbootbob

      from Enid oklahoma

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Meinl HCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up:

      I needed a nice set of cymbals to get a new kit started up. Decided to try out Meinl and I like them. But mabey a different series of them I bet would be better. But this particular set is a good way to start a new kit with. I will probably upgrade later however but these are great cymbals nonetheless.

       
      5.0

      great for beginners!!!

      By Malcolmthedrummer

      from Ithaca, NY

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Sounds Great

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Good Beginner Pack

        Comments about Meinl HCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up:

        This was my second cymbal pack ever. My drum teacher said it would be good for me. I looked at it and I thought it might not be so good because of the low price. But when I got it - I was so impressed with the sound. It's great for beginners. It's just a good solid cymbal pack overall.

         
        5.0

        For the Economical Pro!

        By Trapsfan

        from Halifax, Nova Scotia

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright Sound
        • Definite Hi Quality
        • Explosive Attack
        • Full Crash
        • Love The Harmonic Match
        • Responsive Feel
        • Wow I Am Impressed

        Cons

        • No Complaints

        Best Uses

        • Multi Purpose

        Comments about Meinl HCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up:

        I recommend this cymbal set to anyone interested in a versitile, quality product.

         
        4.0

        Good for beginner cymbals

        By Conguero420

        from Flagstaff,AZ

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        Comments about Meinl HCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up:

        These cymbals are perfect practice cymbals. But they don't go beyond that. Their ringy sound is pretty ugly, so therefore they are just basic cymbals. The high hat doesnt sound too great and neither does the crash. The ride sounds ok, but I would suggest buying cymbals made out of bronze when you get better. The best cymbals in my book are the dark cymbals. Go for a zildjian dark ride or a hybrid ride if you want a good sound from a ride.

         
        4.0

        pretty diecent

        By Zombie Ben

        from Wausau,WI

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        Comments about Meinl HCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up:

        So I got these as a christmas present almost a year ago...eleven months of nearly every day practice and ten live shows. The crash is passible but it has started to get a crack. However the minor flaw doesn't hamper the sound. The ride is beautiful. exactly the sound I look for. I find myself using it as a second crash because I like the sound so much. buch better than the zildijan zbt of the same size I also use. However at the first show some drunk got on stage and spilled beer on it. now it has a bit of a rust stain. oh well. The high hats are awesome and blow the no name hi hats I had before out of the water. I'm probably going with saiban to replace the crash but a very good starter or even step-up set

         
        4.0

        Meh.

        By Mike-xqOv_

        from New Jersey

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Meinl HCS Complete Cymbal Set-Up:

        These cymbals came with my Tama Imperialstar and I say they are good for begginers but not for me. The hi-hats have a decent open sound but it has a really bad chick when closed. I was suprised with the crash though, it has a nice sound to it, I use it as a fast crash and it has no signs of cracks and I hit pretty hard. The ride is crap all around. The only cymbal I like out of this set is the crash, so buy it separate and save your money for better hats and a ride cymbal.

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