The hi-hat is not known for the length of it sound - completely the opposite, in fact. It's played fast and briefly, which means that thin cymbals, delivering a fuller sound than heavier ones, along with quick attack and decay, are a natural fit for the hat. For those of us with fast playing styles, or who like playing the hi-hat with sticks and getting similar speed as pedal-playing, a set of thin hi-hat cymbals is a great way to keep things under control. So if you like your hi-hats precise and well-defined, not to mention just plain easier on the foot since they're actually lighter, one of the cymbal pairs in this section could be the way to go.
Getting the best fit for your sound and playing style takes some consideration, so don't be afraid to pace yourself and give every option some thought. From there, just think about what you want in your cymbal. If you're looking for a China-like quality in your hi-hat, the Sabian 12 Inch HH Kang Chinese is a good place to start. Prefer something cleaner and more versatile? The Zildjian A Custom Mastersound Hi-Hat Pair is a top seller for a reason. Or maybe you'd like a design straight from the mind of Johnny Rabb: his Meinl Generation X Safari Hi-Hat Effects Cymbals are definitely something special.
It's easy to see that you have lots of options to choose from in the lineup of thin hi-hat cymbals, so feel free to go as traditional or as exotic as you like! You'll find both in this section, and you might even decide to add a few different sets of hi-hats to your collection so you can pick and choose the right sound for each gig (or even each individual song). Like everything else to do with percussion, it's all up to you, and there's no right or wrong way to go - just carve out the signature sound you want to create, and the rest of the pieces will fall into place on their own.
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