I hope everyone’s been having a good summer so far. Personally, mine’s been going great; I’m volunteering at a daycare for autistic children in Dublin and I’ve working on some musical projects. And, as you can see, I bought a Wuhan china cymbal from Best Buy for about $15. This wasn’t a very serious buy because I found an old Best Buy gift card that still had some money on it, so I thought “Why not?” and bought it. And for those of you who don’t know, $15 for any kind of cymbal is extremely cheap.
And so, as I expected, I pretty much got what I paid for in terms of quality. The cymbal came somewhat dirty with some scratches on it, but nothing too bad. And when I played it, it was surprisingly loud, almost too loud. Louder than all my other cymbals somehow. It sounded very trashy as well. And although I typically enjoy trashy sounds (probably from more expensive cymbals), this china’s tone just sounded cheap. However, I think I might’ve found a use for it in my kit by using it in a stack (two cymbals stacked on top of each other – it can create unique sounds). I put a Wuhan splash on top of it, which dampened the sound a bit and actually sounded alright. I might toy around with it some more later, but I thought I’d share my experience with you guys.
I think the lesson I learned here is that there usually should be a minimum on how much I spend on a cymbal. Although I prefer to buy cheap, good-sounding cymbals, I think this was too cheap. I could barely stand the sound of the china on its own, which isn’t a good sign. However, there are ways around it, like how I used it for a stack. And cleaning it can alter the sound as well. All in all, if you’re seriously looking for a cymbal, I would recommend buying something more expensive.
That’s all for now! Happy drumming!
– Ryan Clark