The same applied to me and I asked the same question.I've always played 14's and never really thought about it. What's the appeal of the 15's?
This exactly! I always love the sound of 15s behind the kit, but often when I listen back to recordings, I'm not happy with the way they're getting lost in music that needs the speed and definition of 14s.15” K Lights and 14” K Custom Darks, depending on setting and music.
The 15s for music that is focused more on vocals, songs that might have originated and stayed with an acoustic guitar, that won’t need to get too busy and might need a lower pitch flavored with tawny port to not invade any of the vocal’s sonic territory, and be served well on louder choruses with some open sizzling slosh. Live or recorded. Aimee Mann.
The 14s for pop/funk/rock/soul where some crisp citrus flavored vodka is needed to cut through those guitars and busier patterns, and flourishes, swoops and barks are integral to the genre. Elvis Costello/Earth, Wind & Fire/Gil Scott Heron mashups.
I used 14” for years never considered 13”-15”. Until I accidentally bought some 13” Mastersounds. ( wavy edge to prevent the air lock thuck). I can’t imagine using 15”-16”!I have played 15" Avedis reissue hats for a long time, and love the way they sit in the mix with a band and how legato they sound partially opened. They also feel great under the stick. I had a pair of the 14s before, but found them to be too high pitched. I also used to have a pair of 16" K Lights; they were a beautiful set, but pretty sluggish for any kind of quick hi hat work.
To compliment the 15" Avedis hats, I recently got a pair of 13" 1950's/1960's As as an alternative. They won't replace the 15 inchers, but have a far more satisfying bark and "chup" to them, as well as a much more playable bell and quicker response overall. Surprisingly they aren't too high pitched (which was always my concern with smaller hats), and still project and cut nicely. They're also about half the weight of the 15" hats. I love both pairs and can see keeping them for a long time to come.
Ultimately it's nice to have choices, and it's easy enough to switch them out when the song or mood calls for it.
For me, they sound a bit fuller and fit in the music, as opposed to cutting through the music. Of course it's all just perception. If I had been playing 13's for years, I'm sure moving up to 14's would have the same affect.I've always played 14's and never really thought about it. What's the appeal of the 15's?