Originally Posted by James Lugo
I'm going to get cymbals tomorrow any last words????
Hey James. We talked a while back when we were both getting our U47w's...
I'm a bit of a cymbal freak and literally have dozens in all shapes and sizes; Zildjian, Paiste, Sabian, Bosphorous, Istanbul Agop, Masterwork, UFIP... it's kind of a sickness actually.
As others have said, it's really a matter of taste depending on the vibe and style of music, and IMO it's really about a cymbal's overtones that make it work or not.
I know you do a lot of pretty heavy rock material, and for that my recommendation would be for the Paiste stuff; particularly their dry rides and thin, fast crashes. What I like about them is that they have a nice shimmery high end that cuts without being overly harsh, without a lot of mid freq overtones that can be a struggle to notch or scoop without messing up the sound of the overall kit in the OHs. For a little accent trashy thing, the Sabian HHX are cool as well.
I've found lately that some of the online cymbal sites are really a good way to reference stuff you are interested in, cause you can get a reasonable idea of what a cymbal sounds like when recorded based on a sound file or vid of that actual cymbal. Good luck with it. David Cymbals at myCymbal.com - We have Zildjian, Paiste, Sabian, Meinl, Bosphorus, Istanbul Agop, Hammerax, Matt Nolan Custom Cymbals, Wuhan, Gongs, Prototypes, Used & Vintage Cymbals The Cymbal Shop- Retailer for Istanbul Agop Cymbals