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Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals   14 in.

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ZildjianK Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals
 
4.9

(based on 29 reviews)

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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5.0

Great Hats

By Andy Polay

from New York

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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

The buck stops here

By The Dirty One

from Wheeling, WV

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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

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    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.

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