Your Favorite Jazz Hi-Hats?

kallen49

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it’s worth the time to listen to Jeremy Stacy talk about cymbals (and drums) with John De Cristopher.
Stacy started as a jazz drummer. Explains why he eventually gave up his Zildjian endorsment to play Istanbul cymbals
(not Bosphorus)
He’s played more cymbals than I ever will.
Interesting comments about the thickness of some famous “jazz” cymbals being thicker not thinner.

 
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The Bosphorous Traditional Crisp 14s were on my short-list for sure. Maybe I'll end up going that way, we'll see. The Master Vintage hats were pretty sweet, but not quite what I'm after. I did grab some Mel Lewis 14s as they just seemed to offer the best overall package for my tastes. Some others had a slightly better chick, or a bit more crispness, etc, but didn't have quite enough in other areas. The MLs ticked a lot of boxes and I kept going back to their videos / sound samples. So far I'm enjoying them a lot. They seem more than responsive and quick enough - of course I'm coming from 15" 2002s which are about 300g heavier. I'll give them a few days of distraction-free playing (Ha - I can dream, right?) and then figure out if they're keepers. So far I think they will be.
I'm over a week into messing with the ML 14s and I'm still very pleased with them. They're just really well rounded and do nothing poorly at all. If I had some magic cymbal dust I might make them just a tinge darker, but beyond that they're pretty much spot on to what I was looking for. Between these and my 15" 2002 SEs, I think I'm set on hats for a while (lol yeah sure).
 

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For very long time I am on the hunt for some nice pair of hats for Jazz. Especially if you're looking for some vintage or used handmade hats, the problem is to find one that closes precisely, has a nice, present chick and sizzly sound. I tried some 15" paperthin A Zildjians, 15" and 14" Agop 30th Anniversary, 15" Agop OM's (that I kept!), 14" Signatures, 15" Agop Jazz SE and 14" Mel Lewis. I could feel and hear their potential, but especially for quiter Jazz none of those worked as I expected. I was so tired from buying/selling, that I finally went for some of those 14" Agop tradional Jazz hats - Agops new Jazz line.

Bang! They provide everything I was looking for, they are jazzy, but still versatile, close properly, have a nice chick and are crisp, but not too loud and still buttery. They weight is 880/1100, which I find perfect for some 14" Jazz hats. Maybe not as extravaganza like other Agop lines (especially the 30th or the Signatures), but much more precise, crisp and reliable. Defenitily a keeper for me!
 
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