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, metal, fusion, 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.

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