Clap stack alternatives

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I have wanted to get an Agop clap stack from the day they were released, but no way am I paying $412 for an effect I’d only use on a few tunes. I don’t want to add electronics to my kit for just this one thing either.

I haven’t had luck making my own by stacking splashes and small crashes so far—they’re great for high pitched clashing sounds, but not that dry clap. I’ve gotten closer with the rim click flam trick recommended by Jojo.

Anything else I should try?
 

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I like putting a small cymbal on a snare drum. Depending on a few variables (the drum, the cymbal, and your technique) you can get some cool lofi electronic sounding handclaps.
 

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Meinl Turbo Crasher?
Cheap and more than a one trick pony.

Zildjian Trashformers are great as well, and broken ones often come up for free - should still work for a clap stack.
 

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Using a pair of stacked hi hats here - heavy 12” Agop Turk. Very quick and dry and may not be the true clap you are after. But if you come across any cheap used hats and could try them out in person and they sounded good ..... you may then be able to use them as normal hats as well to justify the cost.
 
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I recently discovered this clapstack thing and was quite surprised when I saw the price. While it sounds very cool it certainly overpriced for me given its limited application.

Best of luck finding an alternative.
 

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Thanks.

The more I listen to sound samples of the various crashers on the market, the more I don’t want them for a “clap” sound. I mean they’re great for making a crash sound, just not a clap.

The more I practice the rim-click-flam clap, the better it sounds, but it sure is finicky: both sticks have to land in just the exact position.
 

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Well, I bit the bullet on the Clap Stack. None of the recordings of competing stacks had “that sound” to my ear. There’s that one Reverb seller who ships direct from Turkey, and their price was like $90 less than the US sellers, and I thought what the heck.

I like it a lot! Kind of addictive actually. I’ve been using it on all sorts of rock and funk tunes, much more than the “one song per gig” that I had assumed.
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I'm glad to hear you're not regretting the purchase. I often go back and forth about purchasing this set of cymbals. But for now I use the Roland SPD pad which I found used for $89. Hahaha!
 


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