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Old 11-04-2011, 11:54 PM
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Default Aquarian Cymbal Springs....Bad Purchase?

I purchased an aquarian cymbal spring because I was told that it would extend the life of cymbals. I purchased it when I bought a used 16" Paiste signature power crash. Shortly after the crash cracked. I thought no big deal that's what I get for buying used. After that I purchased a new set of Paiste Twenty series 16 and 18. After a few months the 16 inch crash developed a crack also. Both cracked cymbals were mounted on the cymbal spring. Both developed cracks about half way up the cymbal. The other cymbal was just mounted on a regular stand and mounted loosely.

I wonder if the cymbal spring has too much tension. I bought medium tension and it is not nearly as free to move as my other cymbals. I have removed the cymbal spring and don't plan on using it again.

Wondering if anyone has heard of similar issues.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:57 AM
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Default Re: Aquarian Cymbal Springs....Bad Purchase?

Are you cranking the wingnuts too tight? Can the cymbal swing freely?
My first thought was that you cranked the wingnuts down. I don't even use wingnuts except outside in the wind.
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Old 11-05-2011, 02:11 AM
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Default Re: Aquarian Cymbal Springs....Bad Purchase?

i have two of them... i use the yellow one for a china, and currently don't use the red one... the crack probably arose from poor technique rather than the spring.
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Old 11-05-2011, 02:39 AM
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Default Re: Aquarian Cymbal Springs....Bad Purchase?

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Are you cranking the wingnuts too tight? Can the cymbal swing freely?
My first thought was that you cranked the wingnuts down. I don't even use wingnuts except outside in the wind.
It doesnt really allow for a loose wingnut

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i have two of them... i use the yellow one for a china, and currently don't use the red one... the crack probably arose from poor technique rather than the spring.
I'm sure that has something to do with it also...
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Old 11-05-2011, 03:16 AM
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Default Re: Aquarian Cymbal Springs....Bad Purchase?

The springs didn't cause the cymbal to crack.
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Old 11-05-2011, 06:06 PM
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Default Re: Aquarian Cymbal Springs....Bad Purchase?

This is the only Aquarian product I've ever returned.

I had just bought a $250 Zildjian Oriental China Trash...so you can figure my concern. They sound melodically (?) trashy, but are quite thin. So I thought, well hey - these springs might protect this cymbal, and many people use them.

I checked around the pro circuit. A few people do use them. Most say they just position their china pies horizontal, and use thick felts barely tightened down. The key is not very snug, where if you push down on the cymbal with your hand - it will still flop around. Because of the spring, IMO, I think people tighten it down too much and think the spring will allow for that.

Like many of you have said, TECHNIQUE - glancing strikes, never hit straight on.
I use the 9000 series DW cymbal holders and stems. The cymbal seat can be exteneded or shortened to provide additional or less thread for a snug or loose hold. Keep em loose.
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