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tomyco
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Post Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:06 am

I am new to drums, just purchased a Mapex Pro M 5 piece drum set and I need to purchase cymbals 20" ride and 16" crash. When it comes to cymbals, I know that one brand is not better than another brand, it's a matter of personal taste. My problem is that my ears are not experienced enough to know the difference between the sounds of each of the cymbals.

So this is my question.......... I am also a songwriter who tends to write in the 1960's early 70's and really like the sounds of the era. Bands like the Beatles, Doors, Crosby Stills & Nash,
Stones, etc. What do they use?
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Post Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:12 am

What's your budget?
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Post Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:03 am

if you're new i'd advise
you not spending a ton on "the best cymbals money can buy"
because more likely then not
you'll break some

and entry level cymbals a lot easier to afford to replace
then pro line cymbals

but that's just my opinion
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Post Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:06 am

If you're totally new I'd suggest buying a set of Paiste PST5 Universal, and replace those cymbals with used pro line cymbals as you crack them (be sure to figure out WHY you're cracking them so you don't break your new expensive ones). If you happen to crack THOSE you decide if you want to buy brand new pro line cymbals or stick with used ones until you stop cracking them, if you'll crack one at all. That's how I wish I could do it, there are no used pro line cymbals to buy around here though.
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Post Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:09 am

what about saluda? theyre cheap and they sound really good. personally i play zildjian but you probably dont want to pay $200 for a ride.
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Post Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:55 am

bass-ackwards wrote:what about saluda? theyre cheap and they sound really good. personally i play zildjian but you probably dont want to pay $200 for a ride.

200$ for a ride is pretty cheap, at least in euro prices.
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Post Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:51 am

eBay??? You could try getting second hand cymbals which are high end cymbals too!
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Tama Warlord Masai Snare
Tama Iron Cobra Double Pedal
Zildjian A custom, A Zildjian, K Hybrid, FX, ZXT and ZBT cymbals
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Post Sun Aug 24, 2008 10:23 am

Asdex wrote:eBay??? You could try getting second hand cymbals which are high end cymbals too!


yes i do this alot man. Bought so many items on ebay.
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Post Sun Aug 24, 2008 1:17 pm

Sabian Xs20's are great cymbals for a good price!

and as ppl have said......Saluda's!
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Post Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:04 am

tomyco wrote:I am new to drums, just purchased a Mapex Pro M 5 piece drum set and I need to purchase cymbals 20" ride and 16" crash. When it comes to cymbals, I know that one brand is not better than another brand, it's a matter of personal taste. My problem is that my ears are not experienced enough to know the difference between the sounds of each of the cymbals.

So this is my question.......... I am also a songwriter who tends to write in the 1960's early 70's and really like the sounds of the era. Bands like the Beatles, Doors, Crosby Stills & Nash,
Stones, etc. What do they use?


I can't say enough good things about Dream Cymbals. Their Bliss series might be a good fit for your musical direction. You'll want some cymbals with a traditional sound and feel -- which the Bliss's deliver. The best part is that these cymbals are very inexpensive -- Somewhere in the $100-$120 range for the ride, and even less for a crash. By the way, consider an 18" crash; fuller and not as quick as a 16" will be.

Beatles, Doors, etc... all pretty much used Zildjian (A and K series), Paiste and Ufip (charlie watts with the Stones got into the Ufips).