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Hi everyone,

My name is Eric. I'm 17, and I'm a drummer. Starting out on a snare in the school band in 7th grade, I've been playing a full kit for only around 2 years. I have Pearl Exports, Zildjian cymbals, mostly ZBTPlus, pretty good, or at least I think so. Hehe. I LOVE to drum, and have gotten many compliments on my ability, although I think I'm lousy http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/biggrin.gif Ok, well, just wanted to introduce myself. http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

 

Anyways, on to my very first question http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

I'm in a band which plays mostly alternative music.

I ordered an 18" Zildjian Oriental China Trash online a couple days ago. Being that I ordered it online, I didn't get to hit it to actually get a feel for its sound. Just wondering if anyone had any experience with this cymbal and your thoughts on it. I have a 10" spash already, just looking to add another effect to my kit. Also, my top hi-hat is cracking http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/frown.gif I was wondering what a good choice of new hats would be for an intermediate player like myself. I've really been looking into the A Custom hats. Any suggestions welcome! Thanks guys and I hope to make lots of new friends here! http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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I feel that you really need to visit your local music store and try out some different manufacturers in your price range.Decide what YOU like and then shop online...I'm a Sabian man myself but I have owned A Custom hats and I liked them ok...There are just too many options in cymbals to not actually try some out before you make your decision.It's really a personal thing!!!

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When I was 17 I ordered a china mail order myself young man. And I got lucky...it sounded great.

 

But...I was lucky. I have heard horror stories about buying cymbals online.

 

Now I listen to cymbals before I buy them. I am going to say something that will ruffle alotta feathers, but I think most non musicians could give a hoot how a cymbal sounds...and most musicians for that matter. Just try to play them in a dynamic context with the band's stage volume and you should do just fine. Don't smash or crack the damn things. I never understood people that cracked cymbals.

 

Maybe I'm just a big sissy????

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Hey felix, you're stealin' my lines. http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/smile.gif

 

I have to agree with you (and I'm sure there will be disagreement) that if you go with a standard pro model crash (or china or splash), no matter who the manufacturer, you're going to get a great sounding cymbal. The difference is going to be to yourself, not to anyone listening (the audience, the home hi-fi, the band, or the recording engineer). Especially when it comes to crashes, go ahead and buy one online. You'll get it, put it on the stand, play your kit, and go "cool." Now, special fx cymbals, hats, rides or K's are a different story of course. You have to listen to them.

 

I know some people are going to say, oh, there are subtle differences between light crashes, heavy crashes, how you complement one cymbal with another in your kit, etc. But I've mixed and matched countless different cymbals in my kit over the years (at one point, I had a paiste signature dry ride, sabian splashes, and zildjian everything else). Point being, no matter what I had, nobody cared. The only person who cared was me, but I never had a bad cymbal combo.

 

Having said that, I love the Oriental Trash, it's my favorite in my kit.

 

c'mon... flame me... I dare ya!

Just for the record.
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