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Zildjian K Custom 14-Inch Dark Hi-Hat Cymbals Pair

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Excellent for lower volume music and more

  • Aug 2, 2013
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The tone and action of these hats remind me of the older, thinner Avedis series from the early 1950s. They are a little on the low pitched side, so they will be heard in the mix regardless of the level of sound. However they are best in lower volume genres and venues.

If I had to pick a single characteristic it's the way they sound when played partially open with a loose hi-hat clutch. The sloshing, sizzling sound is not particularly loud and blends right in. Think of Papa Jo Jones with Basie on piano, Freddie Green on guitar and Walter Page on bass. That rhythm section rode on Papa Jo's hats, and these are as close as you are going to get from a modern Zildjian.

I also love the chick. Depending on how you play it you can get a loud, crisp one like Art Blakey's trademark hi-hat sound, or a more nuanced sound. These ride and crash beautifully, and work well live or in the studio.

Although I have owned and played just about every hi-hat model in Zildjian's modern lines these stand out because they are versatile enough to work with rock (mic'd of course) or acoustic piano trio - and anything in between.

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August 04, 2013
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