That's a strange story Al. LOL
I bet its more your touch than it is the cymbal. I think when getting a gear compliment, really what they are complimenting is the drummer.Back in 1988, my drum teacher found me a beautiful pair of 1970’s 14” Zanki hi-hats. As I began gigging and recording, more than one engineer commented on how great my hats sounded and they seemed to fit any musical style. As the bands I played with became louder and louder I began to hit harder and harder. In 1993 I cracked the top cymbal and was absolutely gutted to say the least. To fit the style of music I was playing (hard rock) I invested in a pair of Paiste Alpha hats that really cut through the band but lacked the musicality of my old Zanki’s. It might be purely psychological but when recording I still use the Zanki bottom cymbal with a Paiste top, as I believe it gives me a more musical sound when playing with my foot or opening the hats. Does anyone else have a unique “secret weapon” that they use for particular playing situations?