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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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HCS Cymbal Pack with Free 14 Inch Crash

  • 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 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright sound (16)
  • Responsive feel (10)
  • Focused crash (5)
  • Explosive attack (3)
  • Full crash (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (6)
  • Accompaniment (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (7), Experienced (6), 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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Not bad except for the crash

Wanted a cheap cymbal set for an open mic that I host, so I got this set. High hats and ride are decent, but the free 14" crash is total garbage....Read complete review

Wanted a cheap cymbal set for an open mic that I host, so I got this set. High hats and ride are decent, but the free 14" crash is total garbage. Hardly any crash sound, and what is there is completely overpowered by a lower overtone.

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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.

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    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.

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        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!

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          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

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            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

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              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!

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                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.

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                4.0

                Ya win some...

                By Meh. Decline.

                from Bay Area, CA

                About Me Experienced

                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.

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                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.

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                  5.0

                  Great Starter Cymbals!

                  By Pj

                  from Yuba City, CA

                  About Me Novice

                  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!

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