Hi, so first of I think it would be important to mention I play mainly metal, but sometimes jazz and more mellow music. Does anyone know some good cost effective cymbals for this? Thanks
I bought all "vintage" Zildjian A's when I got back into drumming a little over a year and a 1/2 ago. 20" ride, 18" crash ride, 16" thin crash, and 14" New Beats. I spent about $450. Yes I looked hard and asked for deals (at eBay). But the deals are out there. I got most of it from one person. So they were more than willing to give me a deal.I think recommending the Zildjian A series is a little overkill for a new drummer. Unless you want top quality right out of the gate and have the cash to burn, I would recommend something a bit underneath that line (if you want to stick with Zildjian that is).
I'm a fairly new drummer myself and I went with the Zildjian S line and highly recommend them. You can get the box set for a little under $500 and they sound pretty solid for the price. Every cheap cymbal set I've played so far do not feel like REAL cymbals and are rather unattractive sounding. The Zildjian S series feel like legit high quality cymbals while playing them and the sound is good enough to make you feel more confident in your playing. I also went out and bought the S series 10" splash to go along with them and I like it as well. I mainly play alt-rock/hard rock style and these cymbals fit pretty well for a growing drummer.
I would recommend buying a box set if you can. It saves you a lot of money if you were going to piece meal them out. For example, the Zildjian A series box set is around $800, but the hi-hats inside that box set are almost half that price on their own.
You can get the box set for a little under $500
I guess I don't see the wisdom in paying ~50-100% more for worse cymbals-- that you'll be able to resell for 50% of what you paid for them, if you're lucky.
If you can make that happen then yeah, absolutely. Some folks may not want to put in that much work to find all the used cymbals they need. I know in my area, even as common as Zildjian A’s are, I can’t find too many people selling them so I opted to buy something new.I bought all "vintage" Zildjian A's when I got back into drumming a little over a year and a 1/2 ago. 20" ride, 18" crash ride, 16" thin crash, and 14" New Beats. I spent about $450. Yes I looked hard and asked for deals (at eBay). But the deals are out there. I got most of it from one person. So they were more than willing to give me a deal.
I did NOT like my Mastersound S series hats. VERY BRIGHT! Quite loud. I'm not a beginner. So I had something specific in mind, basically ALL cymbals that I had owned before. The S Series would have been awesome when I started out. Anything would have been better than the Camber II pies I had to deal with for about a decade.
If you just want to buy new, ok. But it's not necessary. You can buy great cymbals used.
This. I've hear cheap Meinls sound good but the ZBTs are terrible. I'm not a fan of B8/B8Pro either, if you're going to compromise, do so by buying less desirable sizes and lines of decent pro cymbals used.I think Wuhans, Xsrs, and used A's can be a good idea. If you feel ambitious, you might try a vintage Czech brand called Amati Kraslice. I have one that sounds quite nice, but I'm not 100%sure because they are obscure vintage cymbals after all.
Anyway - run, don't walk away from Zildjian Z-whatever-T's and Meinl whatever-CS's. I've heard potlids that sound better than both of them.