I try to find the lowest tuned cowbell i can
So far, the Pearl has the lowest
The LP Ridge Rider looks to be the best for playing heavy music due to the nylon bar riveted to the playing surface
It does tend to muffle the bell a bit but most people don't like a completely open sound
Personally, I want as much clang as possible
Maybe someday I will have someone build me the "Rockula big dumb cowbell"
It will go DOOK!
I have a vintage ludwig gold tone cowbell (the John Bonham cowbel from Moby Dick and Good Times Bad Times). Its awsome, and its made by Paiste, then chromeplated by ludwig with a ludwig logo stamped on it.