I've experimented with various cymbals using a phono cartridge as the pickup - needle resting against the cymbal. I'm just tapping the cymbal for now to see how it sounds.
Basically the decay is way too long, even with an 8" splash. Also the sound is very "gong"y or like a deep bell, at least that is the sound picked up by the needle.
It would be super amazingly cool if someone who has a real EMT plate could record the raw sound of the plate itself (using a mic, not the built in pickups).