Thanks. What style of music do you play?I have several china's. I use a Zildjian 16" Oriental China Trash on my left side. Main reason i chose that one is that is very quick and gets out of the way quickly. My right side china is a Paiste 20" 2002 Novo China. Chose that one because it's quick as well, but also has a nice fuller sound compared to the Zildjian.
Also have the 10" Oriental China Trash (not using at the moment) and it is even quicker sounding.
I use chinas if i want to make a 'big statement' like cracking lightning. It's aggressive sounding and perfect for that. Sometimes i just need a bit more spice than a regular crash can deliver and a splash is too quiet ( i also use mini chinas in 2 stacks, but that's a totally different sound)
Mostly instrumental progressive rock/metal, but when i played in cover bands or rock bands i always used a china. If you like the sound, that is what matters and not the type of music you playThanks. What style of music do you play?
Bulldog , what place do your China's take in your set up? I'm asking as my 1st China is a 14 and I'm wondering if it's loud enough (but I haven't actually recorded it with the band, it's only my perception from behind the kit!)I like the 14" K mini china a lot. I also have Wuhan 14". I have a Stagg 20" that I don't use that's for sale. When I use one I like the sound to be in & out. Fast. I got the 20" because I wanted experiment with riding on one like Billy Cobham/Mel Lewis do. It's just not the right china for that style. The china cymbal got a bad rap from the 80s metal players. I play mine with the flange turned up. I don't mount them inverted or upside down. They respond better with a light stroke. I never bash them or play on the rounded edge anymore. For every Wuhan I've owned I had to pick through many before I found one I deemed musical sounding. For the price you have to be picky. My little K mini china is the best I've ever owned & played. I have several friends who have asked to buy it so that kinda says a lot. I lucked out taking a chance through online. Chinas aren't for everyone. Same with splashes/cowbells/etc.
Never had a problem with mine, but I guess your mileage may vary.my 1st China is a 14 and I'm wondering if it's loud enough
Oh, I have an 18" Chang and an 18" Avedis Zildjian swish. To me they have a similar shimmer when ridden lightly. I haven't tried the Avedis live yet, but my Chang is very sensitive volume wise - a moderately light "glance" results in a relatively loud sound.I heard old-time jazzers used to use Chinese cymbals before they gradually switched to the Armenian variety. In addition to quick accents I like them for light riding too, they are very responsive with a slightly hard-sounding shimmer. They also give a nice texture with crescendo (Keith Moon used it to great effect on Quadrophenia and Guitar and Pen)