So there so many Cymbals out there it actually boggles the mind. And that makes selection tough. I’m 80 and when I started playing in the early 50sI'm always on the lookout for a cymbal that covers that middle ground between a crash and a china type. I have a bunch, but I don't think I've found the perfect one yet.
What do you use?
So there so many Cymbals out there it actually boggles the mind. And that makes selection tough. I’m 80 and when I started playing in the early 50s
Cymbals were on the small side and mainly crashy/splashy accent types until the dedicated Ride became popular. I first saw the China in the early 80s as lots of drummers began to them
For their trashy, funky sound. Now it seems a lot of China fans have gone to brighter types and I see Chinas for sale on the web selling sites. There is an alternative however it’s labeled
Dream Vintage Bliss. It’s made in Wuhan China.. yes the Covid-19 City. There is a Wuhan brand but it’s a toy in my estimation.
The Dream line is the trademark of a Canadian company that has Cymbals made in Wuhan to their specs. They have several lines but the
Bliss standard and Vintage both have that distinctive China sound, the standard brighter, the Vintage trashy and more China sound. These are hand hammered Cymbals and have various indentations and even the edges may be slightly imperfect but they do have a unique sound. They are ultra thin and although the sustain is only medium, that thinness cause them to “shimmer” when struck with authority providing for some very different open notes on the dark side.
This past week I noticed on the web site “Best Crash Ride Cymbals for 2020” that the 18inch Vintage Bliss was rated #2. Nice work for a company that is only about 10 years old and from Canada population 37,000,000 ! I have the 20inch model and it is of course a little darker. They are great for brushwork as they can be heard with just the lightest touch. If you go on the Dream website you can not only read about their products but hear a sample and there are some demos on YouTube.
Have a listen.