A set of two cymbals
mounted on a stand and operated with a foot pedal. Most hi-hats are 13 or 14" in diameter
and come in many varieties, including rock
, and sizzle hi-hats (which contain rivets in the bottom cymbal).
Hi-hats are incredibly versatile in the range of sounds they can produce. The cymbals can be closed firmly with the pedal to produce a crisp "chick" sound, or the foot can tap lightly to create a more open sound. The hi-hat can be played with sticks in an open or closed position, and often a combination of the two. Chokes are also possible.