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Zildjian Gen16 Buffed Bronze Hi Hat Cymbal

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Using the knowledge gained from the original Gen16 nickel-plated cymbal, the craftsmen at Zildjian used their knowledge and rich design history to im...Click To Read More About This Product

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The next generation of reduced volume cymbals, the Gen16 Buffed Bronze series.

Using the knowledge gained from the original Gen16 nickel-plated cymbal, the craftsmen at Zildjian used their knowledge and rich design history to improve the sound and performance of the Gen16 reduced volume acoustic cymbal. Additionally, the Buffed Bronze finish is stunning and helps to produce a warmer tone than the original Gen16 nickel-plated cymbal.

  • Buffed bronze finish
  • Warmer tone than original
  • 13" or 14"

Forty percent of the volume, 100 percent of the feel. Order today.


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Awesome albeit pricey for kids set to save hearing.

By DrumDad

from Bay Area

Comments about Zildjian Gen16 Buffed Bronze Hi Hat Cymbal:

These cymbals really are less than half the volume - I got a calibrated decibel meter, measured cymbals that came with a kit drumset at >100dB, and these measured in around 80dB, both were hit very hard.
Nevertheless, they still sound the way a nice acoustic cymbal should, and much much better than the ones that came with a kit drumset.
Background - my son wanted a drumset, and I had the means and opportunity to get him one. However, from drummers I know, hearing loss is a major issue. The two ways to solve this is either wear earplugs/earmuffs or get a quiet set. With kids it's hard to enforce the earmuffs all of the time or even most of the time.
Typically a quiet set means an electronic drum set. However, most will agree an acoustic set is way more fun to play, and nothing can beat the action of a real high-hat or bass drum. With these cymbals and foam stuffed inside the snare, toms, and bass, drum, one can have a quieter acoustic set.
The cymbals will not hurt your ears but they sound awesome. I have not tried the hybrid electronic setup of these. I have recorded a little with them and they sound great - the only downside is the stick hitting the cymbal is much more pronounced with a quieter cymbal.
No, most kids probably won't tell the difference between a kit cymbal and these more expensive ones without hearing them side by side, but he will tell the difference in his hearing later in life.

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Vdrums? Nothing else comes close

By Mike

from Charlotte, NC

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      Comments about Zildjian Gen16 Buffed Bronze Hi Hat Cymbal:

      Tried almost every electronic drums set around—drumkat, trapkat, roland td-10, td-30, yamaha dtx. Played almost every hihat controller FD-8, VH-11,VH012, VH13 around. After the Roland TD-30 with their flagship VH-13 hihat still couldn't touch a real hihat's feel or playability I just gave up entirely on electronic hihats all together: the technology just isn't there to complete with a real hihat. Every ehat I played was varying degrees of sluggish and too heavy to get a feel (like the VH series). Also sensed latency on all the hihat controllers—forget any type of roll on the hihat with a open/closed articulation: huge latency problems. But these Gen16s? They are the real deal—PERFECT feel, PERFECT playability, and quiet enough to get by. Great sounding too—but that's just a bonus. i'm just thankful to finally have a hihat on an electonic it that actually plays like a real hihat. GREAT JOB!

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