I had just recently bought the Gretsch Energy five piece shell pack and I knew I didn't want cheap cymbals. I had a drum set when I was in my teens as well as owned a cheap pair of hats along with it, you know, the Pulse Percussion set, the one that makes you cringe everytime you hear someone play it. This go around I bit the bullet, and did extensive research on the sound I really wanted through mycymbal.com and other means, just keep in mind that if you want a great drum sound you need to 1. Learn to tune your drums 2. Buy pro cymbals If you can acheive this you will have a good sound, and having a good sound in my eyes builds confidence when you play, even if your a beginner. I like these cymbals for me and they might not be for you but I must say I love these hats, a bit expensive, but no regrets. Top quality and made in the US, which I love. I like to play Indie, indie dance, electro, disco, blah blah blah.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
See features above I bought these thinking they had a thiner top because I played another drummers K hat and they were perfect. Those must have been the thiner top that I didn't get when I ordered the K's. They work great for loud washy rock, they cut and rock the wash. But when I went to play the history of Blues and Jazz, I couldn't get the top to move fast enough and it was like trying to move a brick. Playing the Jimi Hendrix book was great with this hat as long as I didn't try to do any of the Raymond Weber (Dr John's new drummer - RIP Herman Riley) constant left hand snare to hi hat to snare thing, prevalent in NOLA. This K hat is not a funk hat. Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander (Papa Grows Funk) has 13 K/Z's he got by accident and loves them. They cut through their loud stage volume, are lightning fast, and wash as well. I'm ordering 13" K/Z's and keeping the 14 K's for a rockin or blues wash day at the big stage although the K/Z's may overtake that aspect of the K's as well. They're K's They were plenty loud for a blues gig where there was a singular large diaphram kick drum mic that shook the street outside the club. So, I had to rim the snare and have lots of cym gain to keep up, not ot mention form fit ear protection to avoid deafness. This 14" K hat has the gain for triple forte with ease. When I wanted to get quickness out of the top hat for funk I died a terrible bipolar death. The K hat is not utility enough with that medium thickness slower responding top. It sounds superlative for blues and rock. I won't sell the K's after I get the K/Z's because they sound so great.
In my head and ears I knew what I was looking for, amongst the sea of other offers...someone at the store showed me these; and bingo bango bongo, these were the ones I knew I wanted. These are and will always be the best I have ever played.
I previousl have used Sabian HHX Groove Hats and was looking for a dryer, crisper sound without losing the dark, warm sound I like out of cymbals. These hats delivered just that and more. They honestly have it all. Dark, warm tones with a crisp clean attack. Beautiful wash when open and nice clean foot chick. I couldnt see a style of music that these hats wouldnt be amazing at. They're not cheap but definitely worth every penny!
I use these hi hats in a jazz band for my school. They are absolutely amazing. They have that crisp "chick" sound. They are expensive, too expensive for me, but I still use them(cause they aren't mine) :) but if you aren't on a budget, I definantly recomend these hi hats.
I am an extremely picky drummer. I freak out if one of my toms doesn't sound just right in tune with the rest. And I am MOST picky of about my cymbals, ESPECIALLY the hi-hats. I've gone through 5 pairs of hi-hats over the last 2 years (sabian, paiste, istanbul) and finally found the perfect pair: Zildjian K Hi-Hats. They have a crisp, tight, musical "chick" to them that melts my face off when I listen to it recorded in my studio. The wash of them open is full and rich. They also happen to be the best looking hats around too! Just know that I am not quick to give positive feedback about something. If you are a drummer from ANY genre (rock, fusion, jazz, metal) give these hats a try. For me, they're best suited for my Jazz/Rock needs... THANK YOU ZILDJIAN! I know why these hats are so expensive now :)
These are good hats but the 13" can become kind of muddy and hard to get good stick definition. From an audio engineers perspective they sound great especially in a recording setting. These are a good addition to your favorite hats but shouldn't be your first and only choice at a gig.
These are unquestionably the best pair of Hi-Hats I've ever owned over the last 28 years of playing. They are warm, clean, responsive, and with very rich overtones. If you're a fan of the late Tony Williams, this is the kind of tone these Hi-Hats deliver. They are a little pricey, but these are the kind of cymbals that you keep for life and pass down to the next generation who can appreciate them. My only small problem with them is that they will get that pocket of air if they are set up straight up and down without an angle. I've been spoiled by the holes in the bottom like the Quick Beats. However, just remember to angle them a little, and you shouldn't have much of a problem with the cancellation effect. Overall, this is a product you will fall in love with for the longterm.
I was in the music shop I played about 20 pairs of hi hat's every way I could, some were, Paiste sig. dark crisp, paiste 2002, A cust. Master sound, A master sound, Z cust. Master sound, A new beat, Hand Hammered fusion, I decided A cust. reguler was the best for price and sound I was about to buy them, then I saw some K's(bf) that weren't set up, so I set them up and fell in love, I am veary happy with them, dark but not too dark, high but not to high, full, clean, crisp, I love them.