I think this is well said. I’ll use a few other pairs, but probably use new beats equally as often. Whenever I hear Erskine playing them...I think...they sound great and I’m not missing anything.My first Zildjian hats were stolen, so I replaced them with some hollow logo 14” New Beats which are approximately 900 over 1400 grams. I don’t know the weights of the lost pair but the hollows are heavier.
Compared to those older Avedis hats, the 14” New Beat hollows drive like a muscle car with lots of musical torque.
Perhaps like a few of you, I’ve logged more time driving the New Beats than any other pair.
Articulate and punchy, they worked well when I played in a funk band with horns. They worked well playing in cover bands negotiating everything from The Temptations to Hendrix. They worked well even when played with an Elvis impersonator.
I use 15” K Lights mostly now for covers as I prefer the deeper tone, unless I’m playing outdoors and want something cutting, then the time tested New Beats sit proud and loud on the stand.
New Beats can’t be minimized, or denied, and for me they are the starting point of basic hi hat sound.
I want to have other options but will always have a pair of New Beats in the bag.