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Meinl HCS New Player Cymbal Setup  

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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...Read More

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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.

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  • 14" hi-hats
  • 16" crash

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MeinlHCS New Player Cymbal Setup
 
4.6

(based on 29 reviews)

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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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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 New Player Cymbal Setup:

    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.

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    5.0

    great for beginners!!!

    By Drumalcolm

    from Ithaca, NY

    About Me Novice

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Sounds Great

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Good Beginner Pack

      Comments about Meinl HCS New Player Cymbal Setup:

      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.

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      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 New Player Cymbal Setup:

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

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      4.0

      Good value.

      By Jim Johnson

      from Midwest

      Comments about Meinl HCS New Player Cymbal Setup:

      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.

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Really good inexpensive cymbal pack

      By David Essary

      from North Mississippi

      Comments about Meinl HCS New Player Cymbal Setup:

      You cannot go wrong on this pack if inexpensive but great sounding and looking cymbals are what you are looking for.
      Nice tones and brilliant finish
      For plate cymbals seem to be top notch
      For price and value nobldy can beat this pack

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      4.0

      Pretty Good Cymbals

      Comments about Meinl HCS New Player Cymbal Setup:

      I got these with a tama imperialstar (which is a suprisingly good set) and I am impressed. I kind of expected to get junk hi hats a bad crash and a cheap ride, but it was a pretty good set. I wouldn't say they are $1000 cymbals, but they are nice. I will likely buy them again. The only concern I have about the cymbals is that they seem to be thin and easy to bang up. I have had them for about a month and they are getting banged up some already. They do sound good though, and would definitely be worth buying.

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      5.0

      Good Cymbals

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Meinl HCS New Player Cymbal Setup:

      While theres better cymbals to start on(Wuhans), these cymbals are definitely on par with much more expensive cymbals. This pack came with my set with a 10" splash too. The splash is bright and has a fast decay. The crash is probably the lower end of the pack. Its kinda ringy, nothing moongel cant fix. The hihats are great. Nice chic closed, great sizzle, and good opening/closing with the pedal. The ride is definitely the best part. The ride sounds like one that would cost hundreds of dollars. It has a perfect ping with good wash, and the bell pronounced. Great starter cymbal pack

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great for practice and small gigs.

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Meinl HCS New Player Cymbal Setup:

      The meinl hcs is a wonderful brand for the money. the crash isn't the best but the hats and ride are wonderful. Dont be deceived by the price thinking they sound cheap, they sounds great.

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      (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 New Player Cymbal Setup:

      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.

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      4.0

      They aren't the best, but they're pretty good.

      By MitchGretsch1707

      from Alexandria, MN

      Comments about Meinl HCS New Player Cymbal Setup:

      I bought these to add on to my kit due to a lack of quality cymbals. Well, when I got them they were great. The hi-hats are really good and still haven't failed me yet. They're durable and have a bright sound. The ride is really ringy, so I muffled it and it works a lot better. The crash, however, leaves a lot to be desired. It got an enormous crack recently and now is cracked all the way down the middle. It was OK while it worked .All in all, a good set if you're stripped for money!

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