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Old 02-04-2010, 11:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Best Cymbals for their price. oppinions

Hey guy, I am looking to upgrade my drum set. Currently I have the following cymbals :
- Crash 16'' Medium Zildjian ZHT
- Ride ZHT Zildjian
-Crash 14'' Thin Sabian B8


I plan on getting a China and splash. Im not looking to spend alot on these cymbals, but i want a good quality, good sounding ones.

What are your oppinions, what are a good brand/type/size
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't go wrong with a Wuhan china.
They sound pretty good and they're dirt cheap. If anything, you should just buy one because they're so cheap. As for the sizes, they range from 12 to 20 or 22 inch I think. The bigger, the lower the pitch/freq.

For splash, if you like bright sounding (almost "bell sounding", with minimal wash) then Sabian B8 pro is your friend. They're relatively cheap, and I personally think the smaller sizes (8 - 10) are pretty good. They won't break easily either.

Wuhan makes splashes as well, which are a lot cheaper than Sabians but they aren't as bright and glassy. They're still good accent cymbals though. I love Wuhan.
Be careful with these though, because their splashes break really easily, as they're pretty thin.
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My younger brother is the drummer in our band, and blasts through crash and china cymbals pretty regularly. All I know is that if we buy a $70 cymbal, it's bound to be cracked in about two weeks of steady practice.

We used to use Zildjian K Customs a lot. They're a mid-priced cymbal. Pretty durable. They sound good.

But we once threw down and bought a full set of Paiste RUDEs (4 crashes, 1 china, 1 ride, and 1 splash). They were probably the most durable cymbals we've ever played, and they sound awesome, but they don't come cheap.

I've been wanting to try out some Sabian HHXs. Every time I hear them live, they sound awesome, and the price isn't too bad, either. I'm just wondering about durability.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think broken cymbals sound awesome as effect cymbals.
I have a cheap splash that's cracked in two places, and I like it more than any of my other Sabians and Zildjians.

It's got character.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i like broken cymbals too! stack'em up, i say! what a lot of people don't know about wuhan though is that they aren't finished cymbals. there are a number of steps to making a cymbal, and wuhan will say openly that their cymbals are three steps away from completion. this means they will break. if you strike your cymbals rather than glancing them you will find this happens faster. proper cymbal technique will lengthen the life of any cymbal considerably.

and for elephantsack: HHX are great cymbals by anyone's standards. they look good and sound even better. they are loud for their thickness and project reasonably well. the problem is that they are quite thin. this means they are susceptible to breakage, and in the larger ones (say, a 20inch crash) they will even warp just from sitting on a stand, not being played, but leaning slightly to one side. i LOVE them though. i would recommend something more along the lines of the RUDE series by paiste if your into the whole "violent" technique though. (<i only say that cuz you mentioned how many cymbals you're going through!!!)
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i would reccomend a Zildjan ZHT china cymbal. I have one, and it is an awesome, in-your-face sounding china.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i like broken cymbals too! stack'em up, i say! what a lot of people don't know about wuhan though is that they aren't finished cymbals. there are a number of steps to making a cymbal, and wuhan will say openly that their cymbals are three steps away from completion. this means they will break. if you strike your cymbals rather than glancing them you will find this happens faster. proper cymbal technique will lengthen the life of any cymbal considerably.

and for elephantsack: HHX are great cymbals by anyone's standards. they look good and sound even better. they are loud for their thickness and project reasonably well. the problem is that they are quite thin. this means they are susceptible to breakage, and in the larger ones (say, a 20inch crash) they will even warp just from sitting on a stand, not being played, but leaning slightly to one side. i LOVE them though. i would recommend something more along the lines of the RUDE series by paiste if your into the whole "violent" technique though. (<i only say that cuz you mentioned how many cymbals you're going through!!!)
I don't see how my Wuhan china would ever break... it's so loud I wouldn't hit it hard if I could.
It cuts through a full stage of gear with ease.

Also, they should be played flipped so that the edge is facing downward and opposite the striking surface to extend the life of the cymbal.
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