Originally Posted by slaves666
I have never met a drummer that didn't crack cymbals.....from 16" thin to 20" heavy. It is not a technique, it is based on how hard you hit, how often and how regularly in the same place. It is wood on metal, so eventually it will bend and break.
No, it is a technique. I hit really hard at times and don't break cymbals anymore (haven't in about 7 years or so) . You just have to know the cymbal's threshold and stay just below that. Past the threshold you aren't getting volume anyway. I used to break them though.
Thick cymbals last longer, hence rock cymbals being so thick and awful sounding. But, sometimes you get unlucky and a cymbal can have a weak spot where it is predestined to break.