Gibraltar Hi-Hat Drop Clutch
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17 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Essential for double bass pedal players Nov 29, 2004
By Victoria Tarrani
"writer, editor, artist, designer"
This is an ingenious clutch that engages when you step on your hi-hat pedal, but will drop to the closed position when you hit the lever on the top. This allows you to either ride closed hi-hats when using both bass pedals, yet return to normal hi-hat playing when the music calls for it.
Be aware that this clutch has only two positions - open and fully closed. However, there is a way to work around this if you like partially open hi-hats in the closed position for a sizzle sound. I did a work around by placing a spring on the hi-hat stem, with metal and felt washers on the top of the spring, which gives me that opening when I drop the cymbal to closed. There was a lot of trial and error finding the right spring because each cymbal pair has a different height when mated together, and I was looking for a tiny fraction of an inch opening. Too small or low a tension a spring and stickwork chokes the sound. Too large or stiff and you will not get the sound. However, this is all personal preference, and many drummers ride a fully closed hi-hat anyway, which makes this clutch perfect out of the box.
Regardless of your hi-hat style, if you are using a double bass, this is a "must have" accessory. Gibraltar's model is solid, heavy duty, and engages and disengages perfectly every time.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Good Product Mar 08, 2007
By Stephen Pardy
This works good and does exactly what it is suppose to do. Its essential for double bass drum technique. Minor complaints are that the latch does not engage fluidly and sometimes will turn making it hard to dissengage. These can easily be overcome however.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
easy and ajustable May 18, 2011
By Michel Lepine
Those who say it cannot close totally, or you need to put a spring in between, or it needs to open a minimum of 1" did not totally get it.
The level of the top hat can be adjusted by putting the bolt on the correct height on the thread. This being said, works perfect.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
It's ok after modification Feb 27, 2011
This clutch was cheap and that was why I bought it. I don't know if a more expensive one would have been better because I haven't looked. I think the craftsmanship is a little sub par on this. It seems it has been casted from from some cheap metal but I think it will hold up for now. The part I did not like was the little retention hook that would hold up the top high hat. The hook would not engage reliably and from the looks of it is because the hook is not flat but irregular or lumpy looking. The spring is also a bit weak to make the hook engage. I took a metal file to it to reshape the part to make it flat/sharper and now it engages better. Took 5 minutes to do. Still not perfect but better than original.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Gibraltar SC-DC Hi Hat Drop Clutch Apr 17, 2012
The Hi Hat Drop Clutch arrived with no problem. I took it apart for closer inspection and it is well made. My only complaint is that the bottom part of the clutch could be better finished. While it was mostly smooth, it seemed to have slight rough edges. Not much, but still... Overall review, it is a great clutch, I have been using it for a week and have no problems with it. I would recommend it for others to buy. It is budget friendly and does an excellent job.
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