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  1. Registered User

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    Default Pearl Rubber Hi Hat/Cymbal Ridge

    Several years ago I noticed that Pearl had a neat hi hat rubber cymbal cup with 3 small rubber feet cut at about a 45 degree angle so that the bell of the bottom hi hat cymbal would rest in (Pearl Rubber Ridge, p/n NP-208). Bought one and discovered it really helped stabilize the bottom cymbal and actually made the cymbals sound brighter. So, after a year of sitting behind the kit at gigs waiting for something to happen I thought ‘why not buy another one of those Pearl Hi Hat rubber cups BUT cut the 3 feet off and turn them AROUND so they would fit inside the bell of a ride or crash cymbal?’. So bought another one and CAREFULLY with a razor blade, cut the 3 feet off as flush as I could, and attached them back on. I used auto weather-stripping adhesive (contact cement might be better) and reattached them but BACKWARDS from how they were. Originally the slope faced inward so I reattached them back on with the slope facing OUTWARD. I placed the new Pearl Cymbal Ridge on top of the existing metal cup washer then used a plastic sleeve over the post. Use whatever you want on the top of the post – wing nut, etc. No felts are used. Been using them for about 5 years or so and the weather stripping is still holding and I really like how the cymbals respond now. The cymbals sound noticeably brighter so if you like dark sounding cymbals this mod might not be for you. Another side effect is that the cymbals swing a little more than with the felts. It took me about 15 minutes at the next gig to get into the ‘swing’ of the cymbals. I mainly play Jazz, Swing, Latin’s, standard Rock (no Journey-like stuff), just music in general. Hey, there’s MONEY in Walt's! In the pic the stock part is on the left and the modified one is on the right. Maybe try one for your Hi Hat and one modified for your ride. Then move the one you made for the ride over to a crash for a while and decide if you like this mod or not. Have Fun!!!

    Drumrod
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  2. Chomp, Chomp

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    Or you can purchase some Mapex cymbal accentuators. They’re two for $2.80.
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  3. Drumming Since 1943

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    “Walt’s”?
    Way Too Much Crap

  4. Registered User

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    Sorry, my brains spell checker malfunctioned.....waltz's

    The Mapex cymbal accentuators look pretty good as well but the reviews I've seen aren't very good. I'm not a hard hitter so my modified ridges work well for me. Just trying to give others ideas...

    Drumrod

  5. Drumoholic

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    Will that work with a ride or crash on a 2000 Series cymbal stand?
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  6. old dog, new tricks

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    another member here, Quint, just bought and reviewed some "cympads" which basically do the same thing. He said they really work.
    It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

    link below for my kit build thread

    https://www.pearldrummersforum.com/s...t-build-thread

  7. Registered User

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    I think it safe to say the Pearl cymbal ridge idea will work on just about any cymbal stand. I have not used a 2000 series cymbal stand but the photos that I have seen look like the tilter will work with the cymbal ridge. The cymbal ridge is placed on top of the dished metal washer with the plastic sleeve running through it. You are just eliminating the felts, top and bottom.

    Space jeff, I was not familiar with the cympads so had to look them up and watched a demo video. They have the same affect as my modified cymbal ridges. Looks like they cost less and can be used immediately, no modifications required. The only thing I did not like is that you still have a pad on top of the cymbal, one more thing you have to remove or install the cymbal. It's user preference, but they seem to do the same function. Would be nice to hear a side-by-side comparison. Thanks for bringing the cympads to my attention.....

    Drumrod

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