Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:31 PM
THANKS . . . NAD
Posted 30 January 2010 - 02:53 PM
Posted 30 January 2010 - 04:22 PM
Unfortunately I don't remember the series, but I can ask.
I guess that, as is the norm with most cymbals in this category, Wuhans are another hit or miss case.
Edited by Harris K., 30 January 2010 - 04:24 PM.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 05:09 PM
Edited by Coelacanth, 30 January 2010 - 05:10 PM.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 05:30 PM
16" thin crash
As far as Chinese cymbals go - I'd say they're definitely a few notches above anything currently available in this price range. Not the best cymbals money can buy - but certainly by far not the worst.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:37 PM
Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:48 AM
Posted 31 January 2010 - 02:09 AM
They can cheaply fashion bronze implements by the boatload and export them worldwide.
The sound quality will vary widely and many are downright crude but they're all individually unique and that's their charm.
I've had several keepers from the S and Western series which have always been among the most interesting sounds at the inexpensive cymbal pricepoint.
Wuhan S splashes are the shizzle!
Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:12 AM
Handmade cymbals & gongs have been produced in the Wuhan region of China for hundreds of years.
Indeed. The only "China" cymbal I ever owned was a 19" stamped "made in Wuhan" (and not the brand Wuhan) and it was really one of a pair that have a high "bell" that is meant as a handle for hand clashing at temples or for Chinese music. The hole in the "bell" was meant for a strap for the hand. With 2 rivets it produced a tuneful "swoosh" that brought smiles to the guitarist's face. But I gave it away as applications were too limited to warrant its place within my cymbal array. These were definitely the forerunner to today's "Chinas".
Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:24 PM
I'll have it soon,and will do a report on here.......
I like messing with Chinas too!
Posted 31 January 2010 - 09:48 PM
I used the 16 in place of a china on the last album i recorded with my band. I wanted something with trash but a little more sustain to it and the 16 inch worked out perfectly
Posted 31 January 2010 - 09:54 PM
Posted 01 February 2010 - 07:46 PM
You can hear this 18" all over this album I recorded:
Check out the cymbal swell in "Sound Of A Concussion". Wuhan baby!!
Posted 02 February 2010 - 09:04 AM
Posted 02 February 2010 - 06:38 PM
They are heavy and have a good finish. They are a bit trashy, but far better than entry level cymbals from the likes of Z, S,and P. They aren't as good as the "professional" level cymbals but still fine for occasional giggers or if you want to save some money. I use mine on a practice set, but definitely would gig with them. They also record well.
Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:45 PM
I haven't personally used them, but I think most people would discourage their use. Their chinas are good for their extremely cheap and trashy sound. This is some peoples' cup of tea for splashes as well, but I think most people would find them too cheap and trashy sounding for the rest of the kit, and they have serious durability issues.
I'd have to respectfully disagree with all of this as someone who owns and uses one. It's a little presumptuous to say "most people would discourage their use," isn't it? They sure do sound trashy--but not "cheap." They sound like quintessential traditional China-type cymbals, which is what they are. They sound great.
As for durability issues, yes, maybe if you are a thrash-metal drummer hammering mercilessly on a thin, hand-made cymbal such as this. For less brutal music styles, I would think they'd hold up just fine. Unfortunately, China cymbals, I think, have come to be thought of as a metal-genre cymbal. Most companies now build them too heavy, in my opinion, so that they'll hold up in those styles. They have to be thin to really get that trashy sound, and Wuhan does this sound very well.
Here's the thing: One of these will only set you back about, what, $40 new?? No-brainer if you really want a trashy sound. Play it with the right technique and it will last. If you crack it, hey, at least you're out $40 and not $250. Get another one and maybe refine your technique a bit.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:09 PM
If they were smart (and/or some local company was smart) they would flood their distribution lines with them and allow users to hand pick their purchases. Of course, that would cost a great deal of capital and carry a degree of risk....and so it is not done. The other part of this issue is that massive distribution will still not solve the issue if only about 4 out of 10 cymbals sound as they should. There is also an issue that needs to be addressed at the manufacturing level. If they were to do that, and address the marketing (hands on for consumers) then there would be no holding Wuhans back, as their value is out of this world and sound just as good as any of the big 3.
I just wish that I had a local retailer with about 40 of those that I could go try out, because if so, I would go snag up a hell of a deal on an A1 Quality Beautiful B20 set of cymbals for less than half of the Big 3 and all their dam*ed advertising that we have to pay for.
I bought some Wuhan "S" Hihats off CL from the other side of the country and was thrilled at the quality, but they were too heavy. I sold them to a local guy here using Cra*g'slist that played heavier music. Too bad, because I had a great set of HHs for only about $45.
"Drummerjohn333" in Michigan
Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:25 PM
But that's what they are. I have some Sabian chinas that give a bit longer note, but the Wuhans are it for a quick, explosive trash accent.
I have a 12" that's really high pitched and LOUD as all heck. Another great option for a quick accent.
I got the 16 new for I think $34. Luckily, Dale's picks out winners for the showroom floor.
The 12 I got for $10 new, again at Dale's.
I've seen heavy hitters tear through them in weeks, but mine have held up.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:53 PM
I have also owned many Zildjian Chinas of the same sizes.
The Wuhans won the battle for both sound and price.
Peart played these a while back, and I can see why.
Cracked one or two, but who cares...For $20 - $40 Bucks...Easily replaceable.
Yes, they are inconsistent, but that's sometimes a good thing when looking for different sounds.
Have a few Wuhan splashes too. Some sound as good or even better than some of my Zildjian K splashes.
Worth every penny to me...
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