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Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals 14 in.

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Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hats deliver the kind of deep, dry and shimmering sounds developed by Kerope Zildjian in 19th Century Turkey. Elaborate hammering and lathing was used to create these versati... Click To Read More About This Product

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Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hats deliver the kind of deep, dry and shimmering sounds developed by Kerope Zildjian in 19th Century Turkey. Elaborate hammering and lathing was used to create these versatile cymbals with a wide-ranging blend of high and low frequencies.

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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Avedis Zildjian Company Warranty Statement

As of October 1, 2009, all Zildjian Cymbals are guaranteed against manufacturer's defects for two (2) years from the date of original purchase.
For warranty claims outside the U.S., contact your local Zildjian distributor. Click here for the international distributor locator.
Warranty Process
Cymbals that show factory defects within two years of their original purchase are eligible for examination at our factory. Zildjian experts will evaluate the damage and issue a replacement cymbal, unless it appears the damage is related to improper use or care.

If you believe your cymbal has a factory defect:
1. Contact Zildjian to obtain a Return Authorization number (RA#), via telephone: 781-871-2200.
2. Indicate the location of the damage on the cymbal with a piece of tape.
3. Make a photocopy of your original numbered and dated sales receipt.
4. Carefully package your cymbal. Include your RA# and the photocopy of your sales receipt in the box.
5. Ship the package to:
Avedis Zildjian Company
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22 Longwater Drive
Norwell, MA 02061

A Cymbal will not be replaced if:
1. It has been misplayed, dropped, played with excessive force or treated abusively.
2. The center hole is worn due to improper stand set-up or abusive play.
3. The cymbal was bought second-hand or used in a lease program.
4. The cymbal has previously been replaced by Zildjian.
5. More than two years have passed since the cymbal was purchased.

Warranty Notes:
• Cost of shipping a damaged cymbal to Zildjian is the customers responsibility.
• Factory evaluations take approximately 4 - 6 weeks.
• Cymbals that do not meet the warranty guidelines will be returned to customer.
• Cost of shipping a replacement or damaged cymbal back to the customer will be covered by Zildjian.


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ZildjianK Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals
 
4.9

(based on 33 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Next best thing to the Hybrids

Without a question these are the best hihats short of combining a Hybrid top with a Z Dyno Beat bottom! I have been using this combination for years now and have never had any...Read complete review

Without a question these are the best hihats short of combining a Hybrid top with a Z Dyno Beat bottom! I have been using this combination for years now and have never had any complaints. I have used them in every style from country to shear pulse pounding metal! Nice tight chick for some busy hihat work and cuts through two guitars a bass and keyboards in an outdoor venue for some thumping double bass. I still have my first pair after 10 years and they still look and sound AMAZING!!!!

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unsure

I try to go on the reactions of my guitarist, since I know anything sounds very different from his side of the kit as compared (or contrasted) with my side; he says he...Read complete review

I try to go on the reactions of my guitarist, since I know anything sounds very different from his side of the kit as compared (or contrasted) with my side; he says he really likes it; I say I'm unsure since I thought (from my vantage point) that my cheap Sabian B8's were the bomb. When another drummer played with him using Zildjian ZBT's (bottom of their line), and he practically RANTED about how much better they sound over the Sabian B8's, I had to go exotic (and expensive) and try these. He says he really likes them. I think they sound way too dark with the K on top and I'm not Carter-Beauford-like-good enough to put the Z on top. All in all, if HE really likes this sound, then that's what I'll go with, although when money is no object, Ireally would like to hear what other choices are like, such as "New Beats" or other brands' versions. If money is limited, this may very well NOT be your first choice, since this sound is very defined as opposed to versatile and/or conventional. You really should hear these before purchasiing them.

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5.0

The buck stops here

By The Dirty One

from Wheeling, WV

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Bright Sound
  • Explosive Attack
  • Great Stick Definition
  • Responsive Feel
  • Versitile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Clubs
    • Performance
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    I've had a 13" set for about 6 or 7 years. I absolutely love these hats. I play mine with the Z on top and K on the bottom. This gets me more power up front for my thrash metal band. It's powerful with lots of "jangle" that's so desired when playing them open. The K top, Z bottom configuration works well too and sometimes I'll switch it back just to change things up.

     
    5.0

    nothing else sound like these

    By jpdrummer

    from Bath NC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Bright Sound
    • Dark
    • Explosive Attack
    • Loud
    • Responsive Feel

    Cons

    • Expensive But Worth It

    Best Uses

    • Everything

    Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    I have used my 13" k/z hihats for 20 years and they are amazing . I like everything about them and will play them forever as they just sound better with age

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Requires time to break-in

    By Aarron Williams

    from wheeling,wva

    Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    Overall, I love these. They are perfect fro any style of music. For me, they have the perfect balance of dry/swish/chick that I desire. i like my hats a little higher in pitch, so I went for the 13s, which is perfect for my set up. They are pretty stiff out of the box, but open up after a while. My friend has had his for about 9 years and they sound better everytime I hear them. I look forward to years of pleasure with mine!
    Very defined chick sound, as the description says. Perfect amount of midrange and swishyness
    I have only had them for a few weeks, but i have a friend who has had his for YEARS and they only get better with age.
    The price is high by my standards, but again they age very well

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A-MAZ-ING

    By Jake

    from Arlington, VA

    Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    this is the best hi-hats i have ever played, i was going to go with A custom but these r far better. has a great chick to it when closed. shumps sound amazingl. nice sound when played open. the only CON i can think of is the top hat isnt shiny

     
    5.0

    My New Favorites

    By LudwigMach5Fan

    from Central Mass

    Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    First of all, I want to say these Hats are FANTASTIC! I heard about these cymbals on the Zildjian website and that they are endorsed by my current favorite drummer (Tre' Cool) so I ordered the 14 " set to replace my aging 15" New Beats. They sound perfect for the music I play, which is very aggressive. The overall sound was much more harsh than my New Beats, But they cut through the roar of Marshall stacks clear as a bell. the harder you play them, the better they sound. they are a little on the expensive side, but totally worth it. if you have the extra cash, these are the cymbals for you.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sharp & Dry

    By Steve-qrqR8

    from London, England

    Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    I first saw these in a local shop and just had to get them, this was back in the early '90s and after 20 years with them I still love them to death and have no intention of ever changing them. I have the 13in set and they sound like no other hi-hats: dry, crisp, fast and startlingly sharp.They give great definition to your stick-work: you hear every tap regardless how fast you roll on them, which together with the strong 'chick' sound reward you for high-speed 16ths and faster beats, accents and 'open'-work. Perfect for funk-rock and dance (I tend to play in the style of Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers). The reason is the swish and crash has been tuned-out of them which would otherwise muddy hi-speed work. However this means they are perhaps not so great for slow 'n' loud grungy 4/4 semi-open rock swishing/crashing where you want rich ringing mid-tones, they just sound a bit too sharp and the decay too short for the 'wash' you're trying to create: while 'okay', if I'm playing a few songs in that style for slower rock I switch to more traditional hi-hats.These guys are now in my blood and after all these years I think with their sound, they are very special and define my sound and reward and encourage me to play faster and more clever beats.

     
    5.0

    Wow

    By slick82958

    from CT

    Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    I've been playing drums for about six years now. When I received these in the mail I couldn't believe how wonderful they looked. They take a little to break in and really get the sound it was meant for. I play mainly funk and jazz and these hats fulfill all my needs and then some. You can get a real tight low volume sound when they're closed, which is perfect for small area gigs but when you open these babies up, they really sing. It's the best washed sound I've ever heard, probably due to the Z on the bottom. My only complaint is that they mark too easily, which is weird since I use regular pro mark sticks and am not a heavy hitter at all. Overall, compared to other K hats, the price is perfect and if you're thinking about getting them, just go out and get them already!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    13

    By Justin-Ba4nf

    from New Orleans

    Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    I have the 13" model and use them as my main hats. They're very "buttery" feeling and you can really play some articulate and complex patterns and they'll project perfectly! The only problem I have is that they can be a little too dry when playing them tightly closed, but that's just the characteristics of the medium K hi-hat on the top. The Z custom bottom hat really, really helps the projection of these hats! I love the way they sound when playing loosely -- perfect pitch for cutting through loud rock! I generally prefer 13" hats since I do a lot "crashes" and "splashes" with my left foot and the lighter weight of the 13s help -- plus I find they cut through a lot better than 14" or 15" hats. Really, really special cymbals!

     
    5.0

    best hats i have ever played

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    my drum teacher has these hats and they are incredible.they can be very dry with that really defined "chick" or you can play something really wide open and almost crash like alot of rage songs do

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Zildjian k/z hi hat!

    By Nata!

    from Argentina

    Comments about Zildjian K Special K/Z Hi-Hat Cymbals:

    This cymbals are amazing!!!!!! Incredible sound! When you use it closed, you get a really confortant and cool sound, and when you use it opened, you get an exepcional response from this hi hat...

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