hi-hat decay?

Discussion in 'Hi-Hats' started by tonybran, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. tonybran

    tonybran Guest

    anyone have to buy new hi-hats, or any cymbal for that matter, because of the 'ring' and decay time....a big problem of mine is my hats are sounding 'trashy' and 'ringy' but i think the other cymbals sound pretty good...so i decided to investigating on the hats im using...i hear the hats im using (sabian 13' AAX stage hats) are meant to be, well for Stage performance, as the name suggests....they are kinda thick and louddd

    so basically can anyone suggest a pair of hats with a fast decay suitable for rock/soft rock....
  2. stickers

    stickers Active Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Lowell MA
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    tony check out your other post.

    but as for hi hats check out zildjian z custom
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Old Zildjian A's...Soft and sweet.... Try to find a pair thats got a lot of 'green' on em. Pawn shops are good for this.
  4. drumist69

    drumist69 Active Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    North Carolina, USA
    A Zildjian Quick-beats

    I second the old A Zildjians! I've been using a pair of A Zidjian Quick-Beat hats for...well, a long time now! I never clean the damn things, and they keep sounding better and better. They are the ones where the bottom cymbal has the center hole to sit on the stand, then four other holes arranged around that. I call them my White Castle hi-hats, cause, you know, the White Castle burgers have the five little holes in them...
  5. idiophone

    idiophone Guest

    I agree with Davedog, except that with heavier hitters, the old Zildjians are too loud because they were thicker back then. If you finesse them, though, you can't do better.

    For heavy hitters, I *really* like the stage hats, strange that you should mention them. I've had great results with them, although I should say that the pair the last guy used were pretty dirty, which controls the high-end like Davedog said. (All the jazz guys I've known buy cymbals and bury them in the yard for a year.)


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