The thread about the splashes vs. Chinas, has me wondering if here is something wrong with my technique with the splashes. Right now I have a cymbal stand extender that threads onto the top of a stand instead of a wing nut. It has a narrow post for mounting with a drum key locking mechanism, so I should be set there. The splash sounds good, but I think I have to hit it to hard, which makes it too loud for many situations, where I would normally use it. If I flip it over it seems to sound good without much effort and at a much lower volume. Then I took it off, an I could get it to chime pretty well balancing it on my finger. Then I got to looking at my felt... So it seems that if I use a smaller in diameter felt and thin felt on top as well as releasing any pressure using the keyed clamp. Ah nice NICE, much better, without hitting it as much. It still seems my technique needs to improve though. I have heard lots of people use splashes in fast syncopated ways, however, the cymbal flops around which makes it sort of a moving target, any suggestions?