Your cymbal technique is either wrong or you're using the wrong sized cymbals for the music you're playing. Brand won't matter, you'll still break them. I'd recommend working on your technique and using an 18" or 19" crash.peterisnotyou":29gk3z30 said:i seem to go through 16" crashes like crazy. they are always cracking on me after six months or so. i was wondering if anyone had suggestions on a really good crash, preferably Sabian, that can withstand the thrashing i give it while playing.
Sabians break really easy... I suggest something such as a power crash, also try using a lower line but great sounding cymbal, because of the alloys used they seem to take more of a beating. I use paiste's and tested "beat the hell out of" alpha, 802, and Pst5 and had a really hard time trying to get them to break...peterisnotyou":1wqoj5pd said:i seem to go through 16" crashes like crazy. they are always cracking on me after six months or so. i was wondering if anyone had suggestions on a really good crash, preferably Sabian, that can withstand the thrashing i give it while playing.
Very true. I'm a pretty hard hitter too and I use a 16" and 19" AAX-Plosion and an 18" AAX Metal Crash. You can hit hard as long as you hit correctly. Anyone ever see how hard Dennis Chambers or Dave Weckl hit their cymbals?ytsejammer":358oc834 said:I use Sabian AAX Metal, and they sound great for many styles. I am a hard hitter at times, playing metal and prog. rock, and I've never broken a Sabian cymbal (been using Sabian for about 5 years). It's probably more your technique than the brand, though, if you're driving directly, straight into the cymbal, that's not very good for it, hit it with a "down and out" motion and maybe you're cymbal life will increase. I don't know how hard you hit, but, you don't need to pound a cymbal for a loud reaction even if you're playing some type of loud rock/metal.
thin crashes tend to "flex when you hit them. thicker cymbals dont give as much, theyre almost brittle so thin crashes in many cases accually are less likely to break then thick onesShadowDrummer":3vj9zowx said:I would say consider what TYPE of crash are you using?
I would hope that your not one of those who buy the thin crashes and wonder why they don't hold up with intense playing...
But in any case...try using the same size but a different model...like a Sabian AA metal crash. Those things are good though I am a Paiste loyalist myself.
Also technique would be a beneficial factor as the post above me mentioned