Zildjian quick beat and Zildjian rock hats

Bri6366

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Quick Beats were popular in the early - mid 80s. They were probably second to the New Beats for a time. Here is a list of Zildjiian artists that played Quick Beats in 1980-

Louie Bellson
Billy Cobham
Max Roach
Airto
Carmine Appice
Kenny Jones
Danny Seraphine
Alex Acuna
Clem Burke
Peter Criss
Tony Brock
Chet McCracken
Ron Tutt
John Moffett
Simon Phillips
Bun Carlos
Vinnie Colaiuta
Phil Ehart
Aynsley Dunbar
Roger Earl
Darrell Sweet
Sib Hashian
Tony Thompson
Larry Londin
JR Robinson
Vinny Appice
David Dix
 

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I remember thinking of the Quick Beats as poor man's Soundedge.

Back in '99 I tested a pair side by side with New Beats and walked out with the Quick Beats. The chick was superior and they didn't feel as chunky.

I often use the Quick Beat top as a bottom with a lighter New Beat top for quieter gigs.
 

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Interesting, Mongrel - my gigging hats are a 90's K top over a quick beat top.....

As for the OP, I think the holes in the bottom of the quick beat just let some air out making them a bit more crisp. I have 2 separate bottom QB's for sale if you want to experiment. They'll make any top a QB.......14"....PM me.
 

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The Zildjian rock hats are quite a heavy affair. Think New Beat bottom over 14" ride. Great for making child-sized viking shields!
 

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I have quick beats, and for $80 for the pair, they are great, but I prefer new beats.

However I am a 13" HH guy.

I don't like the new rock hats at all. Clunk city for me anyways.
 

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I have a 90's K over a quick beat bottom. Perfect sound to my ears, only issue I've had is with some clutches that have a bigger bottom nut and the hats actually do not close all the way. For that reason I always carry a clutch of mine when it's a backline kit.
 

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The Zildjian rock hats are quite a heavy affair. Think New Beat bottom over 14" ride. Great for making child-sized viking shields!
Rock Hi Hats are basically two New Beat (Heavy) bottoms. Tony Williams used 15" Rock Hats and made them sing. But then again, Tony made everything sing. Happy Birthday to him today in Heaven... :)
 

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The Quick Beats are generally heavier than the New Beats of that same era....maybe 10-20% heavier. And the Rock Hats were even heavier. Most of the Quick Beats I run across are a bit too heavy or with too wide a spread to function well in classic rock, jazz, pop, and other more mild forms of music. With 14's ranging from 750-1600 gm in the 80's and 90's....pick your ideal pair. Room for everyone inside.
 

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If you can find a lighter set of qb’s in the 900 over 12-1300 range that’s the money right there, slosh and crunch for days not too metallic
RH’s not my fav rather NB’s 900 ish over 11-1200
 


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