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Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair

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Developed in conjunction with leading drum stylist Akira Jimbo, the Zildjian K Kustom Hybrid Hi-Hat Pair features an innovative brilliant/traditional...Click To Read More About This Product

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Professional cymbal with multiple tonal options.

Developed in conjunction with leading drum stylist Akira Jimbo, the Zildjian K Kustom Hybrid Hi-Hat Pair features an innovative brilliant/traditional surface that produces different tones depending on where the cymbal is played for a musical "darkness with brilliance" combination. The inner half features the unlathed, brilliant finish of the K Custom Ride, while the outer half features the traditionally finished K Zildjian lathing. The unlathed section helps control the wash and sustain, making it ideal for recording and live situations.

The innovative "Hybrid Hammering" on the hi-hat results in reverse Mastersound grooves by hammering into the bottom of the cymbal from the opposite side. This results in increased surface area contact between the top and bottom cymbals, and a warmer chick and wash than normal Mastersound hammering. Akira specified the 13-1/4" size to combine the power of a 14" size and the control of a 13".

"Maximum versatility is the main idea with the Hybrid series. I worked with Zildjian to design a line of cymbals where brilliance and darkness coexist. I think the sound we came up with sets the new standard for the 21st Century."--Akira Jimbo

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Developed with Akira Jimbo
Unlathed, brilliant finish of the K Custom Ride on the inner half
Traditionally finished K Zildjian lathing on the outer half
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ZildjianK Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair
 
4.9

(based on 27 reviews)

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    (25)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright sound (3)
  • Responsive feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great sounding hats

First of all these hats are amazing. I love the chick and how clean they sound. They have enough bite that they cut through, but also can blend in well.I would recommend these...Read complete review

First of all these hats are amazing. I love the chick and how clean they sound. They have enough bite that they cut through, but also can blend in well.I would recommend these to anyone that asks. I gave a slightly lower quality rating because I feel like they couldn't take much abuse, but i'm careful with my gear so hopefully this won't be a problem.Overall i'm extremely satisfied with my custom hybrids.

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WOW! That's one Incredible CHICK!

I really like the un-lathed/lathed design. As I strike the hats starting at the outer edge and then strike closer and closer to the bell, there are just so many different sounds I...Read complete review

I really like the un-lathed/lathed design. As I strike the hats starting at the outer edge and then strike closer and closer to the bell, there are just so many different sounds I an create. I'm going to look at the Hybrid crash to complete my cymbal upgrades.
These hats are amazing. The first time I stepped on the pedal, the chick blew me away. What a difference from the Sabian Xs hats these replaced. The un-lathed center produces a rich bell sound no matter where I strike it. Striking them tightly closed, a little loose or open give me a huge variety of sonic possibilities. The slightly smaller 13.25" size and light top hat make these move really fast.
Once I polished them up, they look great. (Out of the box, they were covered with tarnished finger prints). They definitely look hand made by an experienced artisan.
Sure, they are expensive, but the variety and quality of the sounds these produce make them more that worth the investment.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding hats

By Sam-KmbgP

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

First of all these hats are amazing. I love the chick and how clean they sound. They have enough bite that they cut through, but also can blend in well.I would recommend these to anyone that asks. I gave a slightly lower quality rating because I feel like they couldn't take much abuse, but i'm careful with my gear so hopefully this won't be a problem.Overall i'm extremely satisfied with my custom hybrids.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

K Hybrids

By JP-Zqlw0

from Boston

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Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

Great hat for most musical applications. For RB and Hip Hop they KILL. Prob not so good for Metal or Hard Rock but for most everything else they are suburb and very musical. Brighter than most K's though.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST EVER

By josh-o

from manchvegas

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Pros

  • Bright Sound
  • Explosive Attack
  • Responsive Feel

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Everything

Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

so i bought these about 2 months ago, the only thing that scared me was the price tag. Needless to say i will never buy another pair of hi hats again, ive put these next to a couple different pairs of hi quality hi hats, they all sound like junk next to the hybrids. Ive read some reviews complaining about the thickness and durability of these pups... if you know how to play drums these things will never break on you. However if all you know how to do is smash, you probably already play sabians and might want to stick to those, leave these (BAMF) hi hats for the real drummers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Definitely Worth The Money

By Ronald Stepien

from Windber, PA

Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

This line of K Custom Hybrid Zildjian cymbals are nothing short of amazing. As a general rule in life, you get what you pay for, & these hi-hats are worth every penny. I play classic rock, oldies, some never rock & alittle blues. The K Custom Hybrid's fit in perfectly with everything that I play. There appearance is impressive & stunning. The sound is crisp & sweet. When played semi-open, they produce a beautiful swish. These hats also produce an incredible brand of ear candy when open-closed. I love the extra quarter inch on the 14's as well. It was a dream come true when my wife bought these for me for my birthday. Some people say that these hi-hats are somewhat thin, not so much. When I received them I checked that out right away & they have a nice weight to them. I've been playing them at gigs & they hold up fantastic & clean up well with just a hot, damp washcloth & towel to wipe off the lumber & stick markings. I don't want to play my other hi-hats, just these because I love them. I give my highest recommendation to this line of K Custom Hybrid Zildjian cymbals & hope to buy more in this line very soon.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

WOW! That's one Incredible CHICK!

By Rick Sterner

from Sacramento, CA

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Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

I really like the un-lathed/lathed design. As I strike the hats starting at the outer edge and then strike closer and closer to the bell, there are just so many different sounds I an create. I'm going to look at the Hybrid crash to complete my cymbal upgrades.
These hats are amazing. The first time I stepped on the pedal, the chick blew me away. What a difference from the Sabian Xs hats these replaced. The un-lathed center produces a rich bell sound no matter where I strike it. Striking them tightly closed, a little loose or open give me a huge variety of sonic possibilities. The slightly smaller 13.25" size and light top hat make these move really fast.
Once I polished them up, they look great. (Out of the box, they were covered with tarnished finger prints). They definitely look hand made by an experienced artisan.
Sure, they are expensive, but the variety and quality of the sounds these produce make them more that worth the investment.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply the greatest set of hats I have ever played

By Yostamaphone-4dk_b

from Warren, OH

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Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

I was incredibly apprehensive about buying the K Hybrid Hi-hats online without hearing them in person first, since no music store I called had a single set. But after reading Zildjian?s literature and hearing audio clips from web sites, I simply couldn't turn down the opportunity to be one of the first people to own a set of these and took the risk. Right out of the box, the mixed brilliant & K finish is gorgeous. The sound and control of these hats is amazing and their smaller size cuts through even the loudest bands while their light weight really allows the cymbals to sing out with many different and incredibly musical sounds whether open or closed, with very crisp pedal chicks. This is one of my most expensive impulse buys, but now I can't bear to play any other kind of hats and I take these with me every time I play. These are worth every cent of the price tag. If you want to step up to a crisp, musical, heavy-duty, beautiful, professional-grade set of hats, buy these right now.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

i still smile hearing these!

By starving_artist

from Philippines

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Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

i've had these hats for almost a year, and playing it still puts a smile on my face! my friends envy me for having these because these are hard finds in my country. great "chick" sound when played tight and great sloshy sound when loose. the BEST hihats for me.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Crashdown

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

I have to add my praise for these cymbals as well. I went from 13" A Customes (not a good chick), to 14" Z Custom Mastersounds (too loud/raw) and then to these Hybrids. I have to say they are perfect for me. Versatility is infinite. Sound is amazing. Unique size is perfect for great chick, sweet open sound.I tried to find SOMETHING I didn't like about these cymbals (I am extremely picky, especially w/ hi hats), I really really tried. I couldn't find but one thing that slightly disappointed me. Not ONE THING!The only reason I gave a 9 for value, is because I am cheap, and I think the price for brand new cymbals is rediculous.Unless you only play Metal, I recommend these HIGHLY. They are great for all other styles of music (well, I guess I don't play Country).For you Metal guys, I would recommend the Z Custom Mastersounds. They are louder than sh*t!Hope this helps,Ryan

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Hi-Hats!

By Kerry Woodson

from Kentucky

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Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

These hi-hats are a must have! They go well with any genre of music and are very durable. I own the 14.25 inch pair and I don't regret buying these. They may be a bit pricey but, I expect them to last. You get what you pay for and with these hi-hats the high quality shows in the construction and the sound!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing hi hat sound

By Carli$$

from NY,NY

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Pros

  • Awesome Chick
  • Multi Musical Uses
  • Smooth Sounding

Cons

  • Not Owning One

Best Uses

  • Any Use

Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

These hats truly have multiple uses
They can do metal as well as jazz to funk
You can be confident that this is beyond hype and it's awesome to own them

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

pleasantly surprised

By slate7

from Myrtle beach,SC

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Pros

  • Great Sizzle

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Versatile

Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

I treated myself to new hi-hats.And these hybrids are AWESOME. They have a great clean chick when closing them with your foot. Nice stick articulation,and I love how you slowly open them up to build dynamics,they just sizzle! If you can afford the price, they will bring you pleasure for years to come. Treat yourself.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Hi Hats

By Torchwood

from Columbus, OH

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Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

I own both the 13.25 and 14.25 inch versions of these hats, both are terrific and very versatile. I use them with the 17 and 19 inch Hybrid Crashes, 21 and 23 inch PROTOTYPE Hybrid Rides, 9 and 11 inch Hybrid Splashes, and a 19 inch Hybrid China with a 3 rivet cluster. Simply put I love the Hybrid line, more importantly the hi hats are the most versatile I've ever used ...period... Every style latin, jazz, blues, rock, you name it they sound great doing it, not just ok but GREAT, Do yourself a favor check these out if you can't quite afford these well I'd recommend checking out the K/Z hats, Avedis New Beats, and Avedis Mastersounds. For me I've been looking for one set of cymbals that can do it all, I don't have the money to invest into several "nice" sets of cymbals, so if you're like me and play all kinds of stuff and only have the cash to drop on one investment of cymbals I'd say look no further. They have more than exceeded my expectations and the claims Zildjian markets with them, they really do cover bright and dark and everything in between, really the way the sound is how you choose to express yourself.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Personified Silk

By FAT DRUMMER IN A LITTLE COAT

from Dallas, TX

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Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

I own a plethora of Hi Hats. Sabian, Paiste, and Zildjan but when I began to play the 13.25 Hybrids only one word came to my mind; S-I-L-K!I am not goting to say these are the best Hi Hats that are made because that is relavant to the genre and application that you are using your hi hats in. However, I am going to say that these Hi Hats stand out far above most Hi Hats I have heard. They remind me of how a Lexus compares to other vehicles you know what got by the way they drive and that is what I think about these Hi Hats!Best in Class Hi Hats!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great hats

By ripJB

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

These hi-hats are fantastic. I've been playing Sabian for years and after seeing and hearing these in the store, I got my first pair of Zildjian cymbals. They have a clear but dark closed and "chick" sound that cuts through nicely. The open tone is dark as well. But what really sold these hi-hats to me was the beautiful wash that is present in the half-open mode. These hats really sizzle forever with the perfect blend of dark and brilliance. Not to mention, the unlathed center looks fantastic.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful, simply beautiful.

By Zaleos

from Calgary, AB, Canada

Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

When I purchased the Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hih-Hats, I expected high quality, beautiful sounding cymbals. And I got nothing less than such. They have a crisp beautiful sound, and the bell is gorgeous. In a live situation, they are very reliable for sound and durability. I am not displeased in the slightest with these. Very versatile and interchangeable in all styles of music.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice hats with few equals

By Drums4all

from Texas

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Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

Only the 13" K/Z special hi hats sound better than this unique pair of hats. great sound and beautiful looks. I get great comments from drummers and non drummers alike about the excellent sound of these hats. Highly recommended and worth the money, but they ARE expensive!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great!

By peacedrummer-I7DhL

from Randallstown M.D.

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Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

These Hi Hat pairs, are amazing. Best there is out there, most versatile, the dynamics are great. Not to washy, not to pingy. they are perfect. I reccomend these to any drummer, for any application.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sound with thin top

By DG-aIgcS

from Philly

Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

I am a full time working drummer. I play in a cover band which covers a broad range of rock, pop, metal and alternative styles. These 13.25 Hybrids are by far the best sounding hats I have ever owned. (previously owned new beats, and Paiste hats) HOWEVER as most top hats are thinner then the bottom, this top cymbal is real thin. I cracked it, sent it in with no hassle and received a new pair. But 4 months later the top hat cracked again. I don't hit hard and never cracked any other cymbal. I own Paiste signatures for my crashes and they are thin as well. I never cracked them. Zildjians customer service is great, but you still have to wait. If you play 4 nights a week it sucks because once you play these nothing else satisfies your ear.

 
5.0

ZILDJIAN K SERIES AS ALWAYS ONE OF THE BEST!!!

By JETT

from NORTH HILLS, CA.

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  • Bright Sound
  • Explosive Attack
  • Responsive Feel

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      Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

      As always, Musician's Friend shipped immediately and the product arrived with no damage and as advertised.

       
      5.0

      Yes I would buy them again

      By Matt

      from Syracuse NY

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      Pros

      • Bright Sound
      • Responsive Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats Pair:

        Great all around hats! They're bright, great response! I highly recommend them.

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