The ultimate hi-hats?

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    John-Olav
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    I have a great set of Heartbeat cymbals (thin hand hammered Turkish). They work very well for the kind of playing I do.

    But I’m still searching for the ultimate pair of hats. After countless hours on YouTube, I think that my favorites are the Istanbul Agop 30th anniversary 15”

    Other options are:

    Agop signature 15”

    Meinl Jazz 15”

    Zildjian Kerope 15”

     

    I don’t have any music stored nearby, and stores seldom have these on display anyway. So I’d love to hear some recommendations and experiences if you have tried any of these?

    #37553
    Grant
    Keymaster

    What is up John-Olav!! I’m a huge Zildjian fan and feel like they have a solid amount of options available (also those Agop signatures are amazing). Stephen actually made a video about TONS fo different hat combinations as well as and talked about the pros and cons to each kind and combo. I added the link below. Let me know what you end up going with and how they sound!

     

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by Grant.
    #37561
    John-Olav
    Participant

    Yep, there is something really nice about the sound if Zildjian Ks. I used to have a set when I was young and played the drums but never practiced. I kind of miss them. I think I’ve actually seen that video as well :)

    But now my whole setup is centred around the kind of playing I do. I play un-miced. To accommodate singing. So I’m going for warm pleasant sounds. I have thin shelled warm walnut drums.  Real calf head on the snare, Evans calftone on the toms.Also big, thin hand hammered cymbals. I think that most of the Zildjians are just too thick to fit in.

    I’m looking for some thin and soft 15s and the Agops look ideal. Do you know if the Keropes are machine hammered?
    Does anybody know what the difference between Agop Signature and Agop 30th line is?

    #37609
    Grant
    Keymaster

    I do believe the Kerope’s are machine hammered, but not 100% sure. If your looking for soft and thin, then Agops are DEFINITELY the way to go, those are great for those kind of situations. I do agree, I wish some of the Zildjian’s were thinner…the K light’s are quite thin, but not that crazy thin like some other companies are making now.

    I’m actually not too sure, I would assume the hammering is a pretty big difference…but probably the same material makeup in both series. Hopefully someone else on here can shed some light on that!

    #37693
    Justin
    Participant

    I am using the K Zildjian 15” Light hats. Preforming very well on stage!

    #38094
    John-Olav
    Participant

    I just got a pair of Agop 15» 30th Anniversary hats. They have  deeper hammering than the Agop Signature series. Amazing dark, dry and “cruchy”. Love them. Not the super smooth sound of traditional hats, but really really nice.

    #38105
    Grant
    Keymaster

    Oh man, just looked up a video of those hats. They are SO NICE. Congrats man, great cymbals to have in your cymbal bag.

    #38106
    John-Olav
    Participant

    I know :)

    I’ve been able to test a few 30th Anniversary and Agop Signature cymbals, and they are just awesome! Such an amazing brand of cymbals.

    I made a very quick mobile video of the hats and a “clap stack”, not very good audio.

    #38107
    Grant
    Keymaster

    Those sound UNREAL even through an iPhone! Also I love that stack. What’s in it???

    #38108
    John-Olav
    Participant

    The stack is super cool! It’s called a Clap Stack. It’s 3 flat, slightly bent cymbals made to emulate a clap sound.

    #38115
    Grant
    Keymaster

    Sounds great man, I love it.

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    John-Olav
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    I have a great set of Heartbeat cymbals (thin hand hammered Turkish). They work very well for the kind of playing I do.

    But I’m still searching for the ultimate pair of hats. After countless hours on YouTube, I think that my favorites are the Istanbul Agop 30th anniversary 15”

    Other options are:

    Agop signature 15”

    Meinl Jazz 15”

    Zildjian Kerope 15”

     

    I don’t have any music stored nearby, and stores seldom have these on display anyway. So I’d love to hear some recommendations and experiences if you have tried any of these?

    #37553

    Grant
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    What is up John-Olav!! I’m a huge Zildjian fan and feel like they have a solid amount of options available (also those Agop signatures are amazing). Stephen actually made a video about TONS fo different hat combinations as well as and talked about the pros and cons to each kind and combo. I added the link below. Let me know what you end up going with and how they sound!

     

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by Grant.
    #37561

    John-Olav
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    Yep, there is something really nice about the sound if Zildjian Ks. I used to have a set when I was young and played the drums but never practiced. I kind of miss them. I think I’ve actually seen that video as well :)

    But now my whole setup is centred around the kind of playing I do. I play un-miced. To accommodate singing. So I’m going for warm pleasant sounds. I have thin shelled warm walnut drums.  Real calf head on the snare, Evans calftone on the toms.Also big, thin hand hammered cymbals. I think that most of the Zildjians are just too thick to fit in.

    I’m looking for some thin and soft 15s and the Agops look ideal. Do you know if the Keropes are machine hammered?
    Does anybody know what the difference between Agop Signature and Agop 30th line is?

    #37609

    Grant
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    I do believe the Kerope’s are machine hammered, but not 100% sure. If your looking for soft and thin, then Agops are DEFINITELY the way to go, those are great for those kind of situations. I do agree, I wish some of the Zildjian’s were thinner…the K light’s are quite thin, but not that crazy thin like some other companies are making now.

    I’m actually not too sure, I would assume the hammering is a pretty big difference…but probably the same material makeup in both series. Hopefully someone else on here can shed some light on that!

    #37693

    Justin
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    I am using the K Zildjian 15” Light hats. Preforming very well on stage!

    #38094

    John-Olav
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    I just got a pair of Agop 15» 30th Anniversary hats. They have  deeper hammering than the Agop Signature series. Amazing dark, dry and “cruchy”. Love them. Not the super smooth sound of traditional hats, but really really nice.

    #38105

    Grant
    Keymaster
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    Oh man, just looked up a video of those hats. They are SO NICE. Congrats man, great cymbals to have in your cymbal bag.

    #38106

    John-Olav
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    I know :)

    I’ve been able to test a few 30th Anniversary and Agop Signature cymbals, and they are just awesome! Such an amazing brand of cymbals.

    I made a very quick mobile video of the hats and a “clap stack”, not very good audio.

    #38107

    Grant
    Keymaster
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    Those sound UNREAL even through an iPhone! Also I love that stack. What’s in it???

    #38108

    John-Olav
    Participant
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    The stack is super cool! It’s called a Clap Stack. It’s 3 flat, slightly bent cymbals made to emulate a clap sound.

    #38115

    Grant
    Keymaster
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    Sounds great man, I love it.

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