In the last ten years or so, hi-hat playing has become extremely complex. Although rapid-fire, intricate patterns have not replaced basic quarter-note timekeeping, they have set new performance standards that have infused funk, prog, fusion and gospel genres. No question, the hi-hat tambourine has altered dramatically since the first British pop invasion.
Accordingly, Toca introduces the Hi-Hat "Hit Zone" Tambourine, ingeniously designed with two distinct shielded striking areas to accommodate modern complex two-handed patterns. Two durable rubber hit zones enable drummers to maintain machine-gun type rhythms without interrupting rhythmic flow and also permit a greater variation of stroke alternation.
Ten rows of nickel-plated jingles provide the instant, bright response required for contemporary rhythms and ensure that hi-hat and hi-hat tambourine meld in slick high-frequency mix, thus facilitating credible "cross-overs" between hats and tambourine.
A black, powder-coated metal frame gives the Toca "Hit Zone" Tambourine cutting edge appearance and durability, while two rubber zones provide natural tambourine response in the face of double-handed sticking patterns—all this devoid of excess, distracting stick clicks. In addition, those rubber zones prevent stick wear. The Hit Zone Tambourine diameter is a sensible 6-3/4", which leaves ample room for regular sticking on hi-hat cymbals. Basically, the Toca Hit Zone opens up the hi-hat to alternate, warp-speed stickings while offering the potential of cross-talk between hat cymbals and tambourine—previously unheard of. The Hit Zone secures to the hi-hat center post with a sturdy wing nut that places the hi-hat at a comfortable striking height.