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Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash

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This basic cymbal set from Meinl offers great balance and quality at a great value.

The Meinl HCS Cymbal Set is a perfect replacement of worn out beginner-level cymbals or an economical way for a casual drummer to outfit a backup kit. This pack features a bright and articulate set of medium weight 14" HCS Hi Hat Cymbals and a full-bodied and penetrating 18" HCS Crash Ride Cymbal. In addition, the set includes a free 14" HCS Crash Cymbal that offers a warm attack with a quick decay.


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SPECIFICATIONS
  • 14" HCS Hi-Hat Cymbals
  • 18" HCS Crash/Ride Cymbal
  • 14" HCS Crash Cymbal
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MeinlHCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash
 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright sound (18)
  • Responsive feel (12)
  • Focused crash (5)
  • Explosive attack (4)
  • Full crash (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (6)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (7), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best value cymbals on the market

I've been using more expensive Meinl cymbals for years on my kits. I needed a cheap set for my sons birthday, as we were getting him his first kit. Even for such a...Read complete review

I've been using more expensive Meinl cymbals for years on my kits. I needed a cheap set for my sons birthday, as we were getting him his first kit. Even for such a low price, these Meinls did not disappoint. These are so much better built than the competition. The lower lines of the two other main brands are cheap and flimsy feeling, keyhole easily, and sound harsh. But these HCS cymbals are built much, much better. I HIGHLY recommend these for first cymbals, as you will get exponentially longer life from them than other brands at twice the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not the sound I was looking for

The cymbals were well made, but not what I was looking for. Tried to save money and outfit a new dum kit. Better off spending more money and liking the purchase. I returned...Read complete review

The cymbals were well made, but not what I was looking for. Tried to save money and outfit a new dum kit. Better off spending more money and liking the purchase. I returned these and musiciansfried made that process easy.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best value cymbals on the market

By KYMike

from KY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Full Sound
  • High quality

Cons

  • Limited Sizes In Series

Best Uses

  • Beginner
  • Great Backup Set
  • Lessons
  • Rock bands

Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

I've been using more expensive Meinl cymbals for years on my kits. I needed a cheap set for my sons birthday, as we were getting him his first kit. Even for such a low price, these Meinls did not disappoint. These are so much better built than the competition. The lower lines of the two other main brands are cheap and flimsy feeling, keyhole easily, and sound harsh. But these HCS cymbals are built much, much better. I HIGHLY recommend these for first cymbals, as you will get exponentially longer life from them than other brands at twice the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal

By Pastor Moon

from Truth Foundation Outreach Min. in SC

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright Sound
  • Met Our Church Needs

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues

    Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

    A perfect full set of cymbals at a great price. High quality sound perfect for a small church on a tight budget but definitely looking to have a quality sound.

     
    2.0

    Not the sound I was looking for

    By Buy once, cry once

    from Georgia

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Not Responsive

      Best Uses

        Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

        The cymbals were well made, but not what I was looking for. Tried to save money and outfit a new dum kit. Better off spending more money and liking the purchase. I returned these and musiciansfried made that process easy.

         
        5.0

        Amazing sound

        By Little Drummer Dad

        from Liverpool, NY

        About Me Child

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

            These were recommended by my sons drum instructor so we bought these for my son as a Christmas gift and I have to admit that these are very impressive. From the first ring to the last these are very astounding with their tone. I was expecting a lesser quality cymbal for the price but with him rapping on these like he does he has yet to chip or even show any sign of any type of wear the cheaper ones have shown in such little use. I'm very impressed with them with over all quality, performance and sound! I will definitely be buying more MEINL products in the future.

             
            5.0

            Great Affordable Cymbals!!

            By Jabe

            from Jacksonville, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Bright Sound
            • Responsive Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • School Bands

              Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

              These Meinl Cymbals are of a great value. They are extremely affordable and does the job just as good as many cymbals that cost much more. Great playability and reliability at the fraction of the cost of other high-end cymbals. Go out and get yourself some of these cymbals today! You won't regret it.

               
              4.0

              Solid Beginner Cymbals

              By ATMJess

              from Sunnyvale, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Cost Effective
              • Functional

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Beginner Budget Cymbals

                Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                These cymbals aren't amazing, but for the price you can't really beat what they are. I teach lessons and when I need to recommend a starter pack for my students, this is what I always recommend. If you're building a beginner's first drum kit, this is a great budget cymbal set for them.

                 
                4.0

                Decent starter set, sound has improved with use.

                By Waggs

                from Upper Michigan, the U.P!!!

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Bright Sound
                • Responsive Feel

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                    I'm a guitar player, but I've known some picky drummers who would bring everything they own to a store, and try cymbals out, to buy matched stuff. Cymbals seemed out of tune to each other (not matched set) played alone, but when hit as hard as you really play in a song, they sound good. Good sound for the price. The more we play them, the better they sound. We are happy.

                     
                    5.0

                    The cymbals have the explosive crashes I need for my set

                    By Timmer

                    from Shawano,WI

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Four piece R&R Band
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                      These cymbals give me the full crash sounds I need to play any type of music. They don't ring forever so I don't have to worry about muffling them with my hands. The Hi-hat isn't the best quality but sounds and works fine for playing in a small band doing cover tunes. Great value for the price!

                       
                      5.0

                      great product

                      By BJ Winata

                      from Palmdale

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Bright Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment

                        Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                        price is good

                         
                        5.0

                        sound amazing

                        By Benk

                        from Palmdale

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Bright Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment

                          Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                          great cymbal

                           
                          4.0

                          Better sound than I expected at that price.

                          By BJL Drummer

                          from New York

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Bright Sound
                          • Focused Crash
                          • Responsive Feel

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • I bought this cymbal pack for use at my church.
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                            Needed a set of affordable cymbals for the vintage drum kit at my church. I tried these cymbals for the first time today, very pleased with the sound. The ride/crash is very bright and responsive, the 14" hats sound great. The "bonus" crash is a little too mid-tone for my taste, could be brighter but still serves the purpose well enough. Can't beat 'em at that price!

                            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            reviewing video, drum perforformance, cancels out cymbals

                            By Thumper

                            from Oregon

                            Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                            I was reviewing the cymbals for purchase. I had no interest in a drum solo.

                             
                            4.0

                            Ya win some...

                            By Meh. Decline.

                            from Bay Area, CA

                            About Me Experienced

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Bright Sound
                            • OMG you guys. The Hi-Hats. Eeeeeeee!!

                            Cons

                            • Not really paired well in my pack specifically

                            Best Uses

                            • Garage practice til u totally don't suck anymore
                            • School Bands

                            Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                            Hats are incredible. The sounds I've always wanted. The 14" crash is like a heavy dark splash more than a crash. 18" ride/crash isn't spectacular at either role, but the bell is quick and chirpy. And the ride does have one specific sweet spot where the sound is bright and carries and isn't washed out. And that spot is dead-on the HCS logo. Well played. I'm still happy and excited about this purchase.

                             
                            5.0

                            Great product. Very good build quality and excellent value.

                            By AJ

                            from Pittsburgh, PA

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Bright Sound
                            • Build Quality
                            • Durability
                            • Responsive Feel
                            • Value

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Accompaniment
                              • Rock bands
                              • Small Venues

                              Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                              I bought this cymbal pack after extensive research and reading over different different reviews and I am very happy with the purchase. These cymbals are constructed very well and have a nice sound. They more than serve their purpose as a cymbal set to a practice drum set, great for gigging as well. Excellent value, highly recommend.

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Starter Cymbals!

                              By Pj

                              from Yuba City, CA

                              About Me Novice

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Bright Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Accompaniment

                                Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                                I bought these to accompany the free Pearl Cymbal that came with my Roadshow Drum set. They are a good sounding set of cymbals and are a decent price. The Hi-Hat is extremely better than the free ones from Pearl. I will be a Meinl fan forever!

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great product for the price!

                                By K.T.Butler

                                from Spencer MA.

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Accompaniment
                                  • Soundtracks

                                  Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                                  Great value for these cymbals. Crisp, clean sound and good responsiveness to light to heavy playing.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great value

                                  By Mike

                                  from Greensboro nc

                                  About Me Child

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                                  First set for our son. ..great quality sound for the money...his teacher was very pleased.

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  Great Buy Great purchase

                                  By Tommyboy

                                  from Sandown NH

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Bright Sound
                                  • Responsive Feel

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Small Venues

                                    Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                                    Great purchase price for a beginner set . I love the sound ... Great price ... Great sound :)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Love them

                                    By Duckie425

                                    from Philadelphia, PA

                                    About Me Novice

                                    See all my reviews

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Practice kit

                                      Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                                      I originally purchased for church kit. But, I share the church kit with a more experienced drummer who took the liberty of adding even more cymbals, etc. So, instead of returning them, I opted to keep them for my practice set at home. I am glad I did! I love them. I my opinion, they have really upgraded the sound of my kit.

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Surprisingly good quality.

                                      By Joe

                                      from Tampa Bay FL

                                      About Me Novice

                                      See all my reviews

                                      Pros

                                      • Bright Sound
                                      • Responsive Feel

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash:

                                          Got these for my wife who wants to learn drums. I'm bass player so I'm no expert, but have been around enough drums to know what they should sound like and these sound great. Keep in mind what you're paying and you won't be disappointed. I was expecting paper thin metals and trash can lid sound but these are way more than bargained for.

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