Good eyes!There is some sort of attachment on the stands that your cymbals are on. What are those? I thought they were mics at first, but I zoomed way in and that does not appear to be the case.
Those are the Cymbal Resonance System - long story short - suspension mounts for your cymbals. It's a little metal housing that attaches to the top of the stand and the actually little peg that cymbals stands floats in the rubber system - so it flexes up and down left and right right freely within that metal housing. The cymbal moves incredibly freely and doesn't transfer any vibration into the stands - which is awesome in the studio.
As far how it effects the sound of the cymbal - it's hard to explain - but it's as big of a difference as suspension mounts are with drums. Cymbals sound huge - and sustain longer and the actual note is more pleasant.
The biggest drawback is that they feel way different...as you would guess - having a cymbals that kind of floats is really easy to handle on a crash - but I'm still adjusting to the feeling on a ride (especially that big 23").
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