Hi-Hat, most definitely. Able to add so much nuance and subtlety, musicality and rhythmic texture.
I still remember how excited I was at age 12 when I got my first professional high-hat stand: a Rogers Supreme.
At 61 years old now, I still have it and still use it. After all these years and...
I've never heard the old, "traditional" iterations of this song until now. (Since I've been enlightened here.) Took a listen to them and, in retrospect, they sounded more primitive (but, albeit, classic performances).
Not to take the focus away from your beautiful drum, but here's the closest thing I have to compare: My early 90s Premier Heavy Rock Nine. I love it! Both deep and guttural, but with superb articulation.
About ten years ago I spoke with Bernard Purdie. I'm a huge Steely Dan fan and, as you know, Mr. Purdie played on a few of their tracks. I asked him if he was happy with the drums on these tracks. (Not the playing, of course, but the sound of the drums.) His response: a resounding NO!
Tama manufactured bass wood sets in the early 2000s and maybe a couple years earlier. They were, of course, designated as something-Star. I believe Superstar. They were alright drums with good mounting hardware and appointments. They sounded okay for what you would expect of a six or...
A wonderful human being. Grateful for his talent and success, and very approachable -- humble and willing to share his knowledge and experience with his fellow drummers, or anyone else.
Just a regular Joe.
The great drummer that Steve is (although I haven't seen him much since he and his family moved from Rochester to Arizona) he's also one of the greatest guys you could ever call your friend. Just sayin'.