Chinas

drummingbulldog

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I was watching a video regarding chinas the other day. The guy was playing 3 different chinas on a kit. Now I was brought up in the 80s so I thought the inverted china was the norm. Sometime in 99/00 I got a K mini china. I mounted it & played it inverted & one day I tried it normal with the flared edge up so the cymbal sits like a crash or ride. It sounded a lot better. Watching the video I mentioned the guy had them set up that way too. A lot of my drummer friends say it's wrong. I say f-that. When mounted with the edge up you can play it as a ride. The mini china sounds like ass as a ride but my 20" sounds cool. You have to handle them more like splashes. Who else mounts their chinas that way?
 

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since the drumset was invented in the teens and 20s Chinese cymbals were available and were played either way..



Look here:

I like em right side up because they're softer not as Rude; altho if you need them as a one-shot of rude-crash you're better off with them upside down

Right side up- ride
Upside down- crash

Altho can do ride or crash either way.
If used as a Crash right side up you risk hit cracking the edge.
So use your head it's the little things that count.
 
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That whole inverted china, bashing it on the &’s is so ‘80s. I use mine the “regular” way.
 

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That whole inverted china, bashing it on the &’s is so ‘80s. I use mine the “regular” way.
- The first person I saw use a Chinese cymbal was Bill Cobham, with Mahavishnu in 1972. He is also the first person I've seen use a China.

Here is a picture Jeff Kent took of him with one, not inverted, with Dreams, probably in a rehearsal. http://www.michaelbreckerliverecordings.com/Pictures/Picturegallery/1970 Dreams (2) websized.jpg

Mel Lewis, in his mid 80's workshop video, talks about Bill getting that idea from him.
 

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I have a Zildjian 20 in. A Custom China. I also play it with flange up and flat. I set it up low so I can ride it or crash it and it has a “lush” sound to me.
 

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Bettis called that a reverse china. I'm surprised all cymbal companies don't offer one in their catalog.
 


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