First off I have to say that I have found this to be a 100% customer focused service; hands down, they should win an award.
Has anyone bought cymbals from this website?
The obvious point for drummers is that when buying cymbals one really should be in the same room to test out the prospective cymbal.
In the case of mycymbal.com one is purchasing as a result of having seen a drummer demo the cymbal on a video; so essentially you are buying the cymbal on the basis of what it sounds like through a microphone.
In my opinion this is not a bad thing, especially for those of us who record, which, these days, is most of us.
#1 "Change 1, change 'em all"
Suppose you have a typical crash set up that works for you; say a 16" and an 18" crash. You see a mew 16" that you really like on mycymbal.com, and after a beer some night you splash out; you dont even have to leave the couch. When you get this lovely cymbal and set it up it plays great, only its a little too dark compared to your existing 18"...it doest sound like part of the 'family'.
So point being now you have to go and purchase a new 18" to sit with the new 16"...
#2 "Wow thats wierd I gotta have it..."
There are lots of mould-breaking cymbals on the website. Cymbals that look like they used to be shields belonging to some stone-age warrior. Stuff that sounds sooo dark and 'complex'. Be carefull of the 'novelty' purchase. Is it going to be used?
#3 ....lost in a sea of seriessssss..........
'freedom looks like too many choices'............OK get ready to get lost in a sea of multiple consumer choices...a veritable maze.
For example in the Meinl range there are NINE different series. In just one of those series (Byzance) there are SIX further subdivisions (Brilliant,Dark,Extra Dry,Jazz,Traditional,Vintage) There are FIFTY SEVEN products in just one of those subdivisions (Dark). (Twelve series in the Paiste range!)
When I was playing drums we were lucky if there were ANY cymbals available in our local drum shop!
#4 Wine Tasting language
The language used to describe the sound of the cymbals is, colourful to say the least! reminds me of some wine-taster snorting into a glass with pinky outstreched....check this out from the website to describe a cymbal:
"A fusion of darkness, energy, projection and brilliance. Very wide range, complex, musical mix. Responsive feel, extremely controllable. Woody, silvery, spanky ping over crunchy, thriving wash"
#5 Have we lost the run of ourselves?
Did the old guys that we listen to (for me Brian Downey, Thin Lizzy) have access to this much choice? Are we spoiled? Is this an upper middle class thing?
I think the worldwide cost of the ore used to make cymbals has gone through the roof; this seems to be reflected in current cymbal costs, we are talking over 500 dollars/euros for certain 22" ride cymbals.
#7 The Difference
I have upgraded my cymbals recently. I'm glad I did. The difference is perceptible, both live and in recording...so it's worth doing in my opinion...if you ar egoing down this route be prepared for a big spend...these babies dont come cheap
#8 The alternative
Ebay. But you may end up with a dustbin lid