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Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals 14 in.

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New K Zildjians made with the input of the ultimate groove master!

The Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals were designed with Steve Gadd and feature his distinctive cymbal sound. Steve worked with the Zildjian Sound Lab for several years to reproduce the classic and sought-after sound of his cymbals. The resulting hi-hats feature a 13-15/16" medium-weight top, 14" medium-thin bottom, and have a sharp, defined "chick." Like Gadd himself, the K Custom Session cymbals are versatile enough for any playing and recording situation.

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Designed with Steve Gadd
13-15/16" medium-weight top and a 14" medium-thin bottom
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ZildjianK Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals
 
5.0

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5.0

Beautiful, Dark, UNIVERSAL Pair of Hi-Hats

By Cole on Drums

from Nora Springs, IA

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Pros

  • Articulate Stick Sound
  • Dark Fat Wash
  • Incredible Foot Feel
  • Solid Dark Chick

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Any Genre
    • Live
    • Studio

    Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    The K Custom Session Hi-Hats… Are they as universal as the name implies? YES. Modeled directly after Steve Gadd's personal hi-hats, one of the most unique selling points that this pair of cymbals has to offer is the medium weight, heavily hammered top hat and the medium-thin, nearly machine lathed bottom hat. Why this configuration, you might ask? Because after Steve left the Army Band in the early '70s, he wanted to experiment and find a truly unique sound. He hand-selected two old K Zildjian hi-hats from a music store in New York and wound up using the heavier cymbal as the top hat (which is the opposite of about every other pair of hats on the market). This gave him that sought-after, unique sound that seemed to blend seamlessly with any genre of music (Jazz, Latin, Funk, R&B, Rock, etc.), and with the K Custom Session Hi-Hats, that sound can be yours as well!

    The seemingly upside-down weight arrangement of these hats does a couple of unique things:

    1) The heavier top hat increases stick definition greatly when playing the hats tight. It also allows for an exceptionally solid foot chick sound.

    2) The thinner bottom hat provides a fat, dark loose hi-hat sound, and when paired with the heavier top hat, provides what is probably the widest range of sounds that you can get out of a single pair of hats (I'm comparing these only against other hi-hats that I've played: Zildjian's New Beats, Special Recording Hi-Hats, K Hi-Hats, K Light Hi Hats, K Custom Dark Hi-Hats, A Custom Hi-Hats, A Custom Mastersound Hi-Hats, and Armand Hi-Hats). The level of foot control is incredible.

    A couple of other nice selling points are the heavily-hammered top hat and the brilliant finish on both cymbals. The heavy hammering on the top hat really darkens up the sound and dries up the wash slightly, giving it that "old cymbal that you found in the music store" sound. The brilliant finish opens up the crash-quality or response of both cymbals, which lends to the extreme sensitivity and versatility of these hats.

    Bottom-line: These hats work for anything and everything. You can swing on them, lay down a syncopated 16th note groove accented with some barks, or play a sloshy rock feel. Don't let the name "Session" scare you away from using them live. They project just fine, but don't dominate. A beautifully dark, universal instrument from the pinnacle of cymbal-makers. Try a pair today, and I have no doubt you'll see what I mean!

     
    4.0

    eats my sticks!

    By ben drum

    from sydney

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Bright Sound
    • Focused Crash
    • Responsive Feel

    Cons

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        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        These are a GREAT sounding pair of hats. lovely wash and very sweet. all round a beautiful sound. HOWEVER, due to the smaller top hat, the protruding bottom hat chews up the shoulder of your stick really quickly. it's a real shame, although it's the design of the hat that gives it's great sound. it's just not economical unless you get your sticks for free like gadd!

         
        5.0

        Jack of All Trades

        By drumman18

        from SF Bay Area

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        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        Not much to say. These will not fail you for ANY type of music you are looking to play for. A little expensive (on my budget), but worth every penny.

         
        5.0

        These are special!

        By PnBDvfSUa

        from UK

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        Stunning hi hats. When you play them they make they put a smile on your face. I've used A projections, briefly, didn't like them, too brash. I have and still use K Custom Dark 13"s - lovely, but the Session knocks spots off them. I've just bought my dream DW collector's kit and together they are awesome. With these you just know they'll cover all styles with grace and presence - and with the respect of other musicians. 5 star hats. I gave a 4.5 for value - they are "reassuringly expensive" !!

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        5.0

        Oh what a feeling...

        By Drumming Ludwig

        from Chicago, IL

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        I took the hats out of the bag and put them onto the hi-hat stand. I put my foot on the pedal and gave them a good whack w/my stick... and I immediately started smiling. These K Custom Session hats are what hi-hats are SUPPOSED to sound like! Even if you have never heard of Steve Gadd, these are one of the best sounding hats around!

         
        5.0

        K'Sweet

        By Ummmhmmmm!

        from USA

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        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        Odd set of Hats, in a good way. The top is heavier than the bottom and the bottom is hammered like an A... smooth, hammer marks barely noticeable for a K. The bottom is smaller (1mm) but not enough to notice. Top is hammered overtime, even the bell is struck.What all this adds up to is a quality sounding pair of hats. The foot chick is loud, but K dark/mellow, which is stand-out IMO.Also cool; with the 'heavy' on top, the sound 'seems' to emanate predominantly from the top of the Hats, everything you play is heard clearly.Top cymbal, with its abundant hammering and weight (M) will sizzle nicely when played softly, which is a 'gadd' send for low volume music; these hats sound sweet, they cream-out at low volume and the sound is K Heaven... its called 'playability' and its abundant. For some strange reason (top/heavy(?)) the Gadd K Custom Sessions have more 'cut' than regular K's. You think heavy-top and stiffness come to mind, not with Gadd Session, these hats are very musical. Try and play a set. Very dynamic, rich sounding. Expensive, but something you probably won't ever want to part with.

         
        5.0

        great alone or as a combo

        By k-fan

        from Chicago, Il

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        super versitile for jazz to heavy rock and not in a way where your giving up something to get that versitility. They are just that good. Sound great as a pair and so versitile not only with a traditional z bottom. I put an A master sound bottom and wow - Put it this way, you will never have to worry about your hi-hat being lost in the mix ever again. Been actively looking for 5 years for "the" hi-hat and after many waisted trips to many places I pretty much gave up until I tried these out.

         
        5.0

        Super Hi Hats for Rock and Blues

        By ClassicDrummer

        from Murrysville, PA

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        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        The Zildjian K Custom Session Hi Hats are by far the best Hi Hats I have ever owned. I used Zildjian New Beats for over 30 years and when I heard these, I couldn't believe the sound. You can close them up for an articulate chk sound and articulate stick work and open them up for a nice wash. they have a full, deep sound without being dull. A must have for Rock and Blues.

         
        5.0

        Worth the dough

        By Josh-4IwGO

        from Everett, WA

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        These hats are amazing. I played Sabian HH Dark Hats before and was looking for something similar. The voice of these hats speeks in many ways, from a defined "chick" to a great wide open sound. Great for all types of music I think. I use them for blues, jazz, metal, funk... Pricey, yes, worth it, absolutely. Steve Gadd knows his $#!t.

         
        5.0

        Love Em'

        By Maytridy

        from Honeoye Falls, NY

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        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        These hats are exactly what I needed. With a lighter top and heavier bottom, it's easy to get the dynamics you want.Tone quality, chick, wash, everything - exactly what a drummer looks for in hihats.

         
        5.0

        Art the Percussion Wizard-Session Hi-Hat Review

        By The Wizard of Prog

        from Morris County, New Jersey

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        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        These are by far the best hats I have ever played. They cut through anything in live play. These things don't even need to be mic'd unless your playing a big place. I played these things outdoors at a private party and they didn't need any help. In fact I gave the bass player to the left of my kit a headache from the loudness of them, LOL.They sound rich, they sizzle when you want them to and they play hard for rock as well.price is rough but you won't need to search any longer.

         
        5.0

        Awesome Hats

        By Shwingsta789

        from MD

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        I got these Hi Hats about 2 months ago. Nothing compares to the crisp and clear sound these bring into your set. Also, the deep tone in this is perfect for alternative rock music, in which i play myself. hands down best sounding hi hat ive heard in a while.

         
        5.0

        rev

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        i love these. they're good for just about anything and are really sturdy. buy them.

         
        5.0

        Beautiful Hats

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        These things are just beautiful. Some earlier review states that these may sound weird to a beginner, but Id have to say I disagree, as these are great general purpose hats, and really sound absolutely how a great pair of hats should sound. I was playing with 14'' A-Custom hats that just were not doing it for me, very high frequency, just felt strange, a bit hollow, didn't meld with the rock music im playing very well, and was so-so when I recorded them. Def not a typical Hat sound imo.. My A-Custom Crash is awesome though. Anyhow, I dropped these K-Custom Session hats on the stand and had a jam, and wow, really, perfect. Its a classy sound.. They're warm, but not overly dark, crisp enough in both sound and feel, chicks well, washes well, again, has a great feel, and also looks good. My search for sublime hhats has ended, im sure for a long while, and all I have to focus on now is is the perfect RHCrash. You will make no mistake picking these puppies up, the price for admission is completely worth it in this case.

         
        5.0

        neato

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        these are really nice hi-hats. They have a loud, piercing open sound and a semi-soft chick sound when closed. very expensive, but very worth it!

         
        5.0

        kick a**!!!!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        these cymbals give your drum set that final extra piece your drumset is missing. i recommend them to anyone that it will fit their budget. great for jazz... nice clean and crips sound anyone will like

         
        5.0

        K Custom

        By Crystlplc

        from Mosier, Oregon

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        I have owned Ziljians for 45 years, and recently upgraded to the K Custon line, excellent tonal quality, crisp sharp delenation of the stroke. Good bounce, excellent sound overall. Made a good choice, price is well worth the product.

         
        5.0

        insane in the membrane

        By krazydrummer469

        from medford, or

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        these hi-hats are sick. u cant go wrong with them. worth every penny. awesome "chick". hands down best hi-hats. get these insted of the others. zildjian K is the best on the world

         
        5.0

        Best hats out there

        By GuitarGodgt

        from King Ferry, NY

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        By far the best hats I have ever heard. However once you get into this price range it's all about personal preferance. If your shopping for these I would hear them first. And definitly have someone else play them so your can really hear them. I personally don't like how they sound when I play them but stand away from the set and they are fenominal. Sound excellent recorded. I replaced ziljian ZXT titanium hi hats with these and it was like going from a moped to a escalade.

         
        5.0

        One of the Best Hats I've ever had.

        By ProgDrummer

        from Canada eh?

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Session Hi-Hat Cymbals:

        Bought it about 3 months ago, and I really like it. What is great about it is that you can create many different sounds just with the foot pedal. Solid hats that sizzle really nicely.

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