Rhythm Tech Hat-Trick G2 Tambourine
Rhythm Tech Hat-Trick G2 reviewI was using the subject of this review on a gig recently and most times when this happens, you have no idea how (or if at all) the item under review is coming across. However, after the first set a gentleman came up to me and said “Excuse me, what’s that rattle sound coming from your drums?” which I guess means it works! The new RhythmTech Hat-Trick G2 is an eight inch circular plastic frame with either brass or nickel jingles attached. It easily fits onto your hi hat pull rod and provides a tambourine sound when you either pedal the hi hat or hit it with a stick. Rhythm Tech are real innovators in the field of tambourines, what with the original RT tambourine, which are a mainstay of live and studio use and have been for decades, and the original Hat-Trick which came out over 15 years ago. You know a good product because its been copied by lots of other manufacturers (as the Hat-Trick has been) and its used by many drummers. Billy Ward, for instance, not only uses it conventionally, but also uses one to hit his drums with, as though its a stick (!) to create many different sounds. The Hat-Trick G2 is fitted with a very easy-to-use (and remove) large plastic clutch which sits over the top of the hi hat cymbals. It can be used (as I prefer) as a tambourine sound on the left foot, either with the hi hats playing at the same time, or you can release the hi hat clutch (so the cymbals rest together) and just have the tambourine sound. This gives you many percussion options on your hi hat foot, and of course you can also strike the frame with a stick (or hand) and play it as a percussion instrument. The G2 is available with either comes with two different types of jingles - brass and nickel. The brass G2 has a lower pitch and almost has a wooden tambourine sound. The Nickel G2 cuts through the band more and sounds louder as it has a brighter tone and higher pitch. I really enjoyed playing around with this and it gave me so many percussive options while playing. Also you don’t have to rely on the singer playing the tambourine in time as you can now do it with your foot, which can only be a good thing. I liked them so much that I bought them both!
Review by Mike Dolbear
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