skitch wrote:Who do you feel is leading the way in making more choices for cymbals?
Paiste cymbals is my vote. I think their New Signature Line is great and I can't wait to try out the Paiste Twenty line. This company makes some great cymbals.
Since the late 80's I have been buying Sabian cymbals. Sabian does make custom cymbals for you on request. You will wait 8 -12 weeks and if you hate the cymbal when you get it, well you are out of luck. I had Sabian make me a 22" HHX Evolution Ride and a 19" AAX Studio crash. I love the crash, but now I know why Dave Weckl didn't use the 22" it sounds too big and washy, but it was my choice to get it made so it mostly sits on my shelf waiting for the perfect gig to use it on. So all that to say that Sabian is a great company as well.
I also have nothing but great thinks to say about Zildijan as well - I just didn't have the cash to keep buying Zildjians in the 80's so I started buy Sabians that used to be about $15 - $20 cheaper per cymbal. My first cymbals were Zildjian ... I wish I had kept most of them today.