Skip to main content Skip to footer
Save Up to 25% Off with Seasonal Savings
Looking for Coupons?Call us Hablamos Español  
MF MD HG01 2017 Holiday Gift Guide 11-12-17
Top Rated
Zildjian Logo
Product 441676

Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals

  • Write a Review

This Dyno Beat combination produces a dry stick sound, with bright, sharply defined "chick."...Click To Read More About This Product

CHOOSE STYLE:

  • { "name": "13 in.", "status": "instock", "statusText": "In stock", "inventoryText": "In Stock & Ready To Ship", "inventoryKey": "in_stock", "price": 339.95, "currencySymbol": "$", "formatedIntegerValue": "339", "decimalValue": "95", "isOnSale": false, "msrp": 598.00, "salePrice": 339.95, "listPrice": 339.95, "isPriceDrop": false, "promos":["freeShipping","topRated","flexibleFinancing","guarantee"], "warranty": true, "freeWarrantyAvail": false, "sku": "site1sku441676000000078", "displaySku": "441676 000000078", "serialized": false, "stickerDesc":"Top Rated by All of You Musicians!", "stickerDisplayText":"Top Rated", "shipsFree":true, "condition": "New", "priceVisibility": "1", "scene7SetID": "MMGS7/441676000000078_MEDIA_SET", "currencySymbol": "$", "freeGiftWarning":false, "freeGiftWarningTips":"", "isShipsInternational": false, "pdpLoyaltyPoints":"2,720", "pdpLoyaltyPointsMultiplier":"1", "checksum":"271306454837", "restrictionType":"", "restrictionError":"" }
  • { "name": "14 in.", "status": "backorderable", "statusText": "Back Order", "inventoryText": "Reserve now - Ships 12-06-2017", "inventoryKey": "available_date", "availableDate": "12-06-2017", "price": 394.95, "currencySymbol": "$", "formatedIntegerValue": "394", "decimalValue": "95", "isOnSale": false, "msrp": 676.00, "salePrice": 394.95, "listPrice": 394.95, "isPriceDrop": false, "promos":["freeShipping","topRated","flexibleFinancing","guarantee"], "warranty": true, "freeWarrantyAvail": false, "sku": "site1sku441676000000080", "displaySku": "441676 000000080", "serialized": false, "stickerDesc":"Top Rated by All of You Musicians!", "stickerDisplayText":"Top Rated", "shipsFree":true, "condition": "New", "priceVisibility": "1", "scene7SetID": "MMGS7/441676000000080_MEDIA_SET", "currencySymbol": "$", "freeGiftWarning":false, "freeGiftWarningTips":"", "isShipsInternational": false, "pdpLoyaltyPoints":"3,160", "pdpLoyaltyPointsMultiplier":"1", "checksum":"324575140766", "restrictionType":"", "restrictionError":"" }
Gold Coverage: (What’s This?)
    Warranty Options
  • (Most Popular)
  • Regular Price:
    $339.95 - $394.95
  • Shipping (48 Contiguous U.S. States)
    FREE
  • Starting At:
    $33995
  Add to Cart
Add to Wish List

Earn up to 3,160 reward points.

See All Zildjian Hi-Hat Cymbals
Don't Forget

This Dyno Beat combination produces a dry stick sound, with bright, sharply defined "chick."


Put it in the cart!

Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
ZildjianK Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals
 
4.9

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sharp & Dry

I first saw these in a local shop and just had to get them, this was back in the early '90s and after 20 years with them I still love them to death and...Read complete review

I first saw these in a local shop and just had to get them, this was back in the early '90s and after 20 years with them I still love them to death and have no intention of ever changing them. I have the 13in set and they sound like no other hi-hats: dry, crisp, fast and startlingly sharp.They give great definition to your stick-work: you hear every tap regardless how fast you roll on them, which together with the strong 'chick' sound reward you for high-speed 16ths and faster beats, accents and 'open'-work. Perfect for funk-rock and dance (I tend to play in the style of Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers). The reason is the swish and crash has been tuned-out of them which would otherwise muddy hi-speed work. However this means they are perhaps not so great for slow 'n' loud grungy 4/4 semi-open rock swishing/crashing where you want rich ringing mid-tones, they just sound a bit too sharp and the decay too short for the 'wash' you're trying to create: while 'okay', if I'm playing a few songs in that style for slower rock I switch to more traditional hi-hats.These guys are now in my blood and after all these years I think with their sound, they are very special and define my sound and reward and encourage me to play faster and more clever beats.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

unsure

I try to go on the reactions of my guitarist, since I know anything sounds very different from his side of the kit as compared (or contrasted) with my side; he says he...Read complete review

I try to go on the reactions of my guitarist, since I know anything sounds very different from his side of the kit as compared (or contrasted) with my side; he says he really likes it; I say I'm unsure since I thought (from my vantage point) that my cheap Sabian B8's were the bomb. When another drummer played with him using Zildjian ZBT's (bottom of their line), and he practically RANTED about how much better they sound over the Sabian B8's, I had to go exotic (and expensive) and try these. He says he really likes them. I think they sound way too dark with the K on top and I'm not Carter-Beauford-like-good enough to put the Z on top. All in all, if HE really likes this sound, then that's what I'll go with, although when money is no object, Ireally would like to hear what other choices are like, such as "New Beats" or other brands' versions. If money is limited, this may very well NOT be your first choice, since this sound is very defined as opposed to versatile and/or conventional. You really should hear these before purchasiing them.

Reviewed by 30 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp & Dry

By Steve-qrqR8

from London, England

Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

I first saw these in a local shop and just had to get them, this was back in the early '90s and after 20 years with them I still love them to death and have no intention of ever changing them. I have the 13in set and they sound like no other hi-hats: dry, crisp, fast and startlingly sharp.They give great definition to your stick-work: you hear every tap regardless how fast you roll on them, which together with the strong 'chick' sound reward you for high-speed 16ths and faster beats, accents and 'open'-work. Perfect for funk-rock and dance (I tend to play in the style of Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers). The reason is the swish and crash has been tuned-out of them which would otherwise muddy hi-speed work. However this means they are perhaps not so great for slow 'n' loud grungy 4/4 semi-open rock swishing/crashing where you want rich ringing mid-tones, they just sound a bit too sharp and the decay too short for the 'wash' you're trying to create: while 'okay', if I'm playing a few songs in that style for slower rock I switch to more traditional hi-hats.These guys are now in my blood and after all these years I think with their sound, they are very special and define my sound and reward and encourage me to play faster and more clever beats.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

k/z 13 hats

By jamnjimi

from moreno valley, CA

Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

these 13" k/z hats have the sharpest bite and the best tone for my style, which is smooth jazz and secular music. my favorite piece of equipment.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

13

By Justin-Ba4nf

from New Orleans

See all my reviews

Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

I have the 13" model and use them as my main hats. They're very "buttery" feeling and you can really play some articulate and complex patterns and they'll project perfectly! The only problem I have is that they can be a little too dry when playing them tightly closed, but that's just the characteristics of the medium K hi-hat on the top. The Z custom bottom hat really, really helps the projection of these hats! I love the way they sound when playing loosely -- perfect pitch for cutting through loud rock! I generally prefer 13" hats since I do a lot "crashes" and "splashes" with my left foot and the lighter weight of the 13s help -- plus I find they cut through a lot better than 14" or 15" hats. Really, really special cymbals!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Hats

By Andy Polay

from New York

See all my reviews

Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

I have the 13's and gig with them regularly playing traditional and modern jazz. Less regularly, I use them live for rock, funk, and blues. They have a that unique, and great combination of smokey jazz and higher pitch "chick" as advertised. Less volume than 14", but slightly higher pitch - you pick. Either way, they're great. I'm gonna' use these forever, and now will shop for the 14's just to have a little more cutting volume. Very versitile, great Zil. quality. Would highly recommend.

 
5.0

Killer Hats !

By Drumentia George

from Cape Cod Massachusetts

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright Sound
  • Inspiring Performance, Great Slur too
  • Responsive Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Too Bright for small gigs. But Great for all els

    Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    A friend let me try these Hats and I fell in love w/them. Crisp musicality. I have 4 other sets of Hats, but these are now my favorite. They inspire me and prompt me to play the Hi-Hat as an individual instrument. I play a lot of Steely Dan and these fit the bill far more than adequately.

     
    5.0

    The buck stops here

    By The Dirty One

    from Wheeling, WV

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Bright Sound
    • Explosive Attack
    • Great Stick Definition
    • Responsive Feel
    • Versitile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Clubs
      • Performance
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      I've had a 13" set for about 6 or 7 years. I absolutely love these hats. I play mine with the Z on top and K on the bottom. This gets me more power up front for my thrash metal band. It's powerful with lots of "jangle" that's so desired when playing them open. The K top, Z bottom configuration works well too and sometimes I'll switch it back just to change things up.

       
      5.0

      nothing else sound like these

      By jpdrummer

      from Bath NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Bright Sound
      • Dark
      • Explosive Attack
      • Loud
      • Responsive Feel

      Cons

      • Expensive But Worth It

      Best Uses

      • Everything

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      I have used my 13" k/z hihats for 20 years and they are amazing . I like everything about them and will play them forever as they just sound better with age

       
      5.0

      The best cymbals I have ever used

      By Glenndrums

      from GOA, INDIA

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      The sound of the special k/z hats makes me feel like I am in heaven. Great for jazz/funk, etc.

       
      5.0

      The sound and Quality tells one thing ZILDJIAN!!

      By Christwithsticks777

      from FLORIDA

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      I have owned these for about 3 weeks. There is a big difference between this and the zbt's.

       
      5.0

      best hats i have ever played

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      my drum teacher has these hats and they are incredible.they can be very dry with that really defined "chick" or you can play something really wide open and almost crash like alot of rage songs do

       
      5.0

      Great sound.

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      Amazing sound, cuts through anything.

       
      4.0

      a very specific sound

      By bossy909

      from Chicago, IL

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      the K/Z is great, it's my main hi-hat. I wouldn't say that it's a versatile cymbal so much because that heavy dyno beat Z on the bottom makes a ringy overtone that doesn't sound good for typical K styles. I play them top on bottom for a very specific sound. The bell-like dyno beat on top is good for intricate hi-hat patterns.

       
      5.0

      My New Favorites

      By LudwigMach5Fan

      from Central Mass

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      First of all, I want to say these Hats are FANTASTIC! I heard about these cymbals on the Zildjian website and that they are endorsed by my current favorite drummer (Tre' Cool) so I ordered the 14 " set to replace my aging 15" New Beats. They sound perfect for the music I play, which is very aggressive. The overall sound was much more harsh than my New Beats, But they cut through the roar of Marshall stacks clear as a bell. the harder you play them, the better they sound. they are a little on the expensive side, but totally worth it. if you have the extra cash, these are the cymbals for you.

       
      5.0

      great

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      Excellent hi hats! Extremely versatile and dynamic.

       
      5.0

      Zildjians only good cymbals

      By Dbl

      from barberton ohio

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      These are zildjians only good sounding cymbals. I'm a Paiste guy but even Paiste doesnt offer this sound.

       
      5.0

      13

      By VegasDrums

      from Vegas, baby!

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      I've had a set of the 13's since 1990 when they first came out and even though there's some keyholing on the K top they still sound better than anything out there. Not crazy about the new style K's they're putting out, but this is still a great sounding and I think, unlike some, versitile sounding hat. I've been in country most of my career but have used these on straight ahead jazz, fusion, and even rock gigs and they sound fine.

       
      5.0

      Freaking Amazing

      By Johndrummin2007

      from Franklin Grove, IL

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      I've owned this hi hat in the 13" for 5 years now and I've never had any problems. It has a nice dark closed hi hat soun along with a dark open hi hat sound. But when you play in half open it cuts through b/c of the Z on the bottom. The mixture of dark and raw is amazing. If you can't find any hi hats the fit your style, these can do just about anything.

       
      5.0

      Sweet

      By Drdrums52

      from Uniontown, PA

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      Zildjian is the keystone of my drumming and their K/Z set is by far the most rediculous yet. They sing so well and have the best response out of all their huge selection. I was tempted to tame these hats in low-volume settings, and DO NOT hesitate to push them to the extreme because they don't choke, they hold their own.

       
      5.0

      13 inch

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      I just recently bought the 13" K/Z hihats. These hihats are so crisp and have a very clean response. The only regret I have was buying the 13" instead of the 14" but i'll keep these forever.

       
      5.0

      un-freaking-believable...

      By Matt-U6RzI

      from Nashville, TN

      Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

      I played an older set a few years back (which are brilliantly finished) and finally bought some about a year ago. These might be the best hats on the market for the style of music I play. Definitely worth a look-

      Displaying reviews 1-20

      Back to top

      Previous | Next »

      You are changing the Ship-To country.

      Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.