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- Jan 23, 2020
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hsosdrum reporting back as promised after visiting Pro Drum Shop on 2/19:The 15" hats that I've heard speak with a deeper voice than just about any 14s. And loud is completely up to the player. I'm planning a trip to Pro Drum Shop tomorrow, so I'll report back if I buy anything!
I did indeed buy a pair of 15" hi-hats, just not the ones I had expected to. After auditioning 15" Keropes (too heavy for my taste) and 15" K Light Hats I was set to buy the K Lights when Stan (the MAN) suggested I try a pair of 15" K Sweet Hats. I had listened to K Sweets online and didn't care for them as much as the K Lights, but Stan had a set of 14" K Sweets set up on the sales floor and they sounded great! I mounted the 15" K Sweets on a stand and bingo — there was the sound I was looking for: deep and throaty, a good chick sound and a great bark, and with more control than the K Lights (which sounded just a bit wilder to my ear).
I also got an 18" A Medium-Thin crash (which replaces an early-'90s vintage 18" A M/T crash that has much too much "clang" in its attack), an Ahead bag for my Dyna-Sonic (the snare rail causes it to rock around in the SKB hardshell case I originally bought for my Black Beauty), a bunch of VF 5As and a pair of VF T3 mallets. Stan gave me a fair value for my never-to-be-used-again 22" A Avedis Dark ride, '90s-vintage 21" A Sweet Ride, early-2000s 19" A Custom crash and the aforementioned 18" A M/T crash in trade. The difference was covered by my tax refund.
After setting up and playing the new crash and new hats on my kit, I can report that they all sound wonderful, especially through my recording system. The crash blends perfectly with the existing 15", 16", 17" and 18" crashes I currently have up on the kit, and the hats are deep and complex. My only concern is that when I ride on my 22" K Con Bounce I can overpower the hi-hat's 'chick' sound if I get carried away, but I'll work that out. I also have to increase the spring tension on my DW 5000 stand — the 15" top must be quite a bit heavier than my 14" NB top, which weighs 928g (I haven't weighed any of the new cymbals yet).
Another GREAT day at Pro Drum Shop, and a big "thank you" to Stan and Jerry!