Haha it's my specialty. The thing is, no two of those cymbals sound alike since they're all recycled. Maybe it's just my ears that don't like them. Either way, hopefully you like them man, that's what matters
Yeah that's what I like about 'em though. I played a pair of AAXplosion crashes for years .. then switched two a Saluda Diamond and Nemesis pair. I like the contrasting sounds, adds more emphasis when I'm crash riding one and slam the other, ya know? Either way if I don't like em I'll just send em back and get something else. Keepin my fingers crossed though.
They sound really good. They don't resonate as long as my Saluda or other Sabian crashes, but whatever they're perfect for recording and practice (I use my Saludas live). Dennis is right .. they certainly look like they've seen better days as far as the finish goes .. I think I may send them down to Jamie to have a true brilliant finish put on them. Overall I'm satisfied.
The proto china is still that, a prototype. I did not ask them to change that and it was purchased as a proto on eBay. The SR2 line is specifically cymbals that have been damaged or returned by vendors, recut, then relathed.
The cymbal you speak of I still have and it was specifically an HHX.