15" Hi-hat thin top to mix and match

osw000

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Hey there,
I've got a reissue Avedis 15" hi hats. They came at 1074gr top and 1464gr bottom and I'm not using them much in my jazz practice. The chick sound is a bit harsh and loud. Before selling them I'm considering a thin top around 800-850gr to match over the 1074gr and see if I can reuse them.
What would be a nice option for a sweeter chick and darker tone? Nice vintage spare 15" tops are probably rare to find? Should I look any current thin crash? Any idea, experience? Must be cheap XD
 

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I recently found a few 15 singles with people here on the forum, maybe there are still some around. You could put a post in the Wanted section. I did what you're doing, pairing up different weights to see what I like best. My favorite pairing ended up being an 855 gram top over a 1350 gram bottom. There are lots of 15" vintage A crashes out there probably in the right weight range, too.
 

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There tend to be quite a few thin orphan 15” old A’s available at any given time on eBay, Reverb, etc. Any era can contain gems, but I tend to prefer the 50’s and 60’s versions as they tend to be a bit thinner. I use my mismatched 15” old A’s 99% of the time.
 

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Look around and be patient. You can often nab pre-1980, light single 15's in the $60-$80 range. They are much more available today than they were 2-3 yrs ago.

You really aren't all that far away from a smooth 15" new beat tone. An ideal weight for 15 in NB's for me would be about 975/1350 gm. And those can do jazz and rock.
I think any top in the 800-925 gm range would do ok for you if it were from the 50's through 70's and well patina'd.

I've tried half a dozen or more of matched 15 pairs from the 50's and can say that any matched weights worked for jazz....600's, 700's, 800's, even 900's. The stick was never the issue. It was having a heavy
enough bottom (or the total pair weight) to get you a decent enough foot chick that you could easily hear.
 

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Here's a nice set of 15" New Beats at 946/1328 -- if you buy these you'll have options.
 


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