The Satellites are essentially flat hammered discs. They can be thought of as mini-flat rides, flat bells, or flat splashes. Being they are fully hammered, their quality is dark; however, because of their diameter of 9” 10”, and 11” more overtones can be exposed. Depend- ing on technique, these small cymbals have multiple sonic possibilities. If played with fingers a very identifiable tone is produced, similar to a quiet bell. This effect can be produced as well playing softly with mallets. Contrastingly, if the cymbal is struck hard there is minimal sustain which creates a choked splash effect. Played lightly with sticks the sound quality is acutely articulate, very compatible in combination with 20” Atacama Flat Ride.
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