Twists and turns

I’m often surprised at which cymbals seem to generate the most interest. It’s easy to assume that it’s the “standard” sounding, easily categorisable cymbals which will tick the boxes for people, but I’m starting to realise that there are plenty of drummers out there who appreciate a truly unique piece of bronze.

For example, I’ve made several 24″ rides which have been quite thin and full of quirks in terms of the sound – described as “exotic”, “gong-like”, “lively” and so on… the temptation is often to hammer out the quirks and tighten up the sound. Personally I love a cymbal with plenty of character that you can really grow with as you learn how to make it respond the way you like, so it’s heartening to know that there are many others out there of the same opinion.

This one certainly got people talking, it’s an 18″ Paper-Thin ‘Trash China Crash’ weighing 1282g. I dipped the upper bow just a touch to give it a sort of Reverse China profile, really just as an experiment. I know I’m not the first to do this, but I suppose it’s not what you see or hear every day!

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