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Roland VH-13-MG V-Hi-Hat Reviews

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  • from Skokie,il April 15, 2014Music Background:

    Roland Vh 13

    I have td 30 k comes with vh 11 hi hat I didn't like the feel on hi hat, but I got now this vh 13 wow big deferent feels deferent and much more dynamics and much more.

  • from Huntland, TN March 28, 2013Music Background:
    Southern Gospel, Christian Country, Praise and Worship

    Feels like real Hats.

    Been very pleased with the VH-13 the feel is like a real Hi Hat.

  • from Portland, OR September 9, 2016

    Roland VH-13-MG Hi Hat Pad

    I'm going to go a bit more in-depth than previous reviews. I couldn't find solid answers anywhere on the web about this unit, so this is the one you'll want to read. It should answer all the questions you may have about it.

    I sure do wish I could post pictures with this review, so that you could see exactly what I am talking about in terms of some of the parts and how they go together. I've sent some along to Sweetwater staff, so perhaps they can find a way to post them for me.

    The kit comes with top and bottom pads, a clutch, a patch cable to join the two pads together, and two long Roland cables to connect the pad to the drum module (TD-30, in my case).

    It's a TWO-PIECE unit. The top and bottom pads are connected by a small patch cable between the two pads. This patch cable sits sandwiched between the two pads.

    I didn't use the long cables that came with the kit. I just used the ones that are already neatly connected and ziptied that I was using with my VH-11 hi hat pad.

    The setup is a bit more complex than the VH-11 hi hat pad.

    The bottom pad must be secured with a collar and two-line tether, which is attached to the hi hat stand via a metal collar that comes with the unit..

    Extra care must be taken that the two small arrows on both top and bottom pads face the drummer, and line up with each other.

    The TD-30 is ready to accept the VH-13-MG pad. Just select the pad from "pad type" in the hi hat trigger menu.

    It calibrates differently from the VH-11. You just loosen the clutch, let the two pads rest together, and hit calibrate on the TD-30. Then you can set the clutch for the separation you like, and rock out.

    The pads should never be allowed to rest together for extended periods of time. When not playing the pad, the clutch should be left set so that the pads are separated by about 10mm. If they are left resting together, it will, over time, ruin the calibration of the pads.

    As for performance, the dynamics are WAY better. The VH-11 made it nearly impossible to find that sweet spot between open and closed while rocking out. It was fully open, then would suddenly slam to the shut position. The VH-13 allows for much much much better dynamic range in the open/closed spectrum.

    The only gripe I have about it is that I am a bit concerned that the little two-strand tether that holds the orientation of the bottom pad may break. This pad comes with only one of these for each standard diameter of hi hat stand tube. If the tether breaks, you're screwed. I guess I will be buying a few extras!

    There you go.... I hope you like what you have read. The VH-13-MG is a bit spendy, but as with anything else, you have to do a cost-to-benefit decision.


  • from Cape Canaveral February 3, 2016Music Background:
    Pro musician 25+ years.


    This is the way a hi-hat on an eKit should sound and work. I tried many hi-hat solutions before this on my Roland TD-30. Most of them get the open and closed sounds OK. What I was mainly missing where the MANY variations of the hi-hat between open and closed in a usable way. The VH-13 nails it!

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