Drum sets are very personal things, and no two drummers use the exact same layout of cymbals. In fact, it's not unusual for one to pass on a type of cymbal altogether. But there's at least one cymbal that's always present and accounted for: the hi-hat. These paired cymbals are the cornerstone of any set, whether it belongs to a beginner or a veteran. Whichever of those categories you fall into, Meinl hi-hat cymbals have the variety to ensure you'll find the perfect set for your individual style.
The first question you should ask yourself when approaching these cymbals is "what kind of sound do I want?" The answer to that will be the most important factor informing your choice. For example, do you want a musical, dry cymbal with dark stick response, tight definition and a bold "chick" sound? If so, the Meinl Byzance Extra-Dry Medium Hi-Hat Cymbals are right up your alley. These hi-hats sound the way they look: dark and dirty, raw and earthy.
Searching for a more refined, modern character? Take a look at the Meinl Generation X FX Hats. The laser-engraved tribal designs on these cymbals make them a real highlight of your drum set, and the sound goes even further than that. They're sharp, cutting and brilliant - the perfect auxiliary hi-hats to add flavor to your percussion and make it heard clearly over all the other instruments in the band.
Are you the sort of drummer that has a taste for the unique and innovative? So is Johnny Rabb, and you definitely shouldn't miss his signature Generation X Safari Hi-Hat Effects Cymbal. Designed to be capable of all kinds of unique sounds, these hi-hats come with jingles in the bottom and a crown on top. Like all of Meinl's Generation X cymbals, the attack is fast and explosive, followed by swift decay that makes them precise enough to work into the tightest measures in your beat.
Just because the hi-hat is such a critical component of a cymbal setup doesn't mean you can't have some fun with it, so don't be afraid to experiment! Meinl hi-hat cymbals certainly have the options you need to do so, as well as a great selection of traditional designs if you'd rather play it classic. The most important condition to satisfy is that your new hi-hats are exactly what you're looking for, and with Meinl's selection, that's something you can easily find here.