Paiste Signature Dark Crisp Hi Hat Cymbal
The Paiste Signature Dark Crisp hi-hat is just that, dark and crisp. They are available in 13 and 14 inch types, and I prefer the 13 inch model for low-volume jazz gigs. They have a medium weight top and a heavy bottom, so the small cymbals still produce a tight chick. What I like most about these cymbals is how articulate the stick tip sounds on the top cymbal, generating a very crisp sound which is very responsive.
While these cymbals do have a refined professional sound, they have some dirt to them that’s especially appropriate for jazz. These cymbals are durable enough for ordinary playing but aren’t meant for you bashers out there as they can’t withstand intense volumes or heavy hitting. However, they work great in the studio and have a crisp sound that records well. Because these are Paiste’s top of the line cymbals, they are a bit more expensive than others but worth the investment because they are extremely well made and sound great.