I also talked to a guy (Derek Roddy actually) who used to inspect broken cymbals for Sabian to see if they were covered by the warranty. One key thing I learned from him is to never set a cymbal down on its edge (which I never did) and to check for marks on the edge when you buy it from the store because the employees will abuse them before you buy them and there's no way to account for that when they break, so just don't buy them. He also said to play thin to medium weight cymbals and thinner sticks. The thicker the cymbal the less it will bend and give under a force, making it more brittle. A thinner cymbal will give before it will break (now if you go too thin, yeah, you'll just leave a stick shaped hole in it). Same with sticks. A thicker stick, like the VicFirth Metals that I used to use or metal sticks (probably graphite too), will not bend when you hit the cymbal which will transfer all of the force into the cymbal...not good. Thinner wood sticks will bend a little when you hit the cymbals, keeping some of the "bad mojo" from wrecking your cymbals.
I had cracked 7 cymbals up to the point of talking to this dude and I haven't cracked any since I talked to him about 6 or 7 years ago.
I've seen one cracked K Custom and I don't think I've ever seen a Z Custom that wasn't cracked (except in the store).
Mapexkiller wrote:All i did to take care of the problem was to make my cymbals out of iron. You do go through a lot of sticks though...
I actually thought about doing this before.