New drummer, good beginning cymbals??

DCT_drummer

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I've played guitar for the past ten years and just picked up drums in the past 6 months. I've been around drums a lot becuase I've been in a few bands, but was looking for suggestions on good cymbals to by for a beginner.

The set I bought used came with a zyldian ZBT 16" Crash (which I already cracked :cry: ), and a Sabian B8 Pro 20" Ride which I am in love with. Since I've bought a 16" Sabian B8 Pro Crash, but am looking for suggestions on good durable cymbals for a beginning drummer. Right now I'm looking to add one more crash (no idea on the size) and a china.

So basically, any suggestions on brand, style, and size of cymbals that are good for a beginner?
 

Lancelot Frosty

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You can't go wrong with B8's, even though I love Meinl.
I would say get a 14" or 18" crash.
As for a china, you could go with a good old 20"china.

Here's an option for another crash:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ ... sku=441367
Or this:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ ... sku=441356

If you want not too heavy on the pocket, but still pretty good, go with these:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ ... sku=441365
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ ... sku=441369

I've used the standard B8's, and they're pretty good IMO.
The Rock Crash also comes in some odd sizes, so it's all up to you.

Alternatively, you could go with this Meinl pack:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ ... sku=445848
 

Hack_and_Slash

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If you like the B8's then I would stick with was Lancelot gave you. I would buy the meinl MCS pack if you want to start fresh but if you like the B8's, save some money and just get the crash.
 

pow3rtr1p

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B8 Pros are some of the better cymbals you can get on a tight budget. It would be the most cost effective to just add a B8 Pro crash and China, but make sure you have good Hi Hats before you go adding more cymbals.

If you are interested in starting fresh, Sabian's XS20 series is a great intermediate line, or Paiste Alphas. Also, the best bang for the buck cymbal there is is Saluda, which is what I play. For a beginner, they may be a bit pricey, but for a much lower price, you get sound comparable to Zildjian, Sabian, or Paiste pro level cymbals. It's definitely something to look into.

http://saludacymbals.com for information.
http://drumgearonline.com for real prices and to buy.

Good Luck,
pow3rtr1p
 

DCT_drummer

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Thanks guys. I definatly think the B8 pro series is a good cymbal for the price.

The cymbals I have now are all medium cymbals. Is it true that the heavy cymbals actually break quicker because they absorb more impact and they take more power to get the sound out of them? Starting out I had a tendency to hit my crashes to hard (which is the reason the ZBT broke I think) but I have really been working on controling my strength of hit on the cymbal. I'm looking at sticking with the medium, but the thin 14" B8 Pro has caught my eye alittle. Any thoughts?
 

DrumsPlus

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Just got my son Meinl MCS's and I must admit they are better than I thought they would be. I use B8 HH, and they are durable, but I am not fond of the crashes. Paiste Alpha's do sound good too.
 

Lancelot Frosty

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DCT_drummer":18chx5vv said:
The cymbals I have now are all medium cymbals. Is it true that the heavy cymbals actually break quicker because they absorb more impact and they take more power to get the sound out of them? Starting out I had a tendency to hit my crashes to hard (which is the reason the ZBT broke I think) but I have really been working on controling my strength of hit on the cymbal. I'm looking at sticking with the medium, but the thin 14" B8 Pro has caught my eye alittle. Any thoughts?
From what I've heard, yes, thicker cymbals break faster because the force doesn't disperse, or something like that.
Just develop proper technique and cymbal positioning.
Don't tighten your cymbals on the stands, and try not to have them completely flat.
And when you strike them, don't go through the cymbal. Once you hit it, pull away.
If you already knew all this, do forgive me. :)
 
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