Favorite cowbell?

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I'm thinking about picking up the LP Steve Gadd signature bell and I have an LP ES-5. Just curious if everyone has their favorite "go-to" cowbell that they like and prefer.
 

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My LP Timbale cowbell has been my go-to for 25 years now. It's covered in duct tape and has a fair amount of rust, but sounds fantastic.
 
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LP Mambo...which is the same cowbell as the Steve Gadd model, with a different mount.
 

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My dream cowbell is a Paiste/Ludwig cowbell very hard to acquire, But I've been using an LP Black beauty. fantastic sounding cowbell, it's starting to get some rust spots on it now.
 

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Mine would be my JCR, sadly stolen.

I am pity that tragic thief’s soul, as he may sadly find a day when his wicked life has caught up with him, and he is going to fear the reaper.
 

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My #1 is an LP from the 70's, and I think what sets it apart from the newer ones isn't some mystical vintage mojo but the fact its sheet metal is much thicker than modern LP bells. One of my other top faves, a "Striker" (their last inventory was sold here on the forum a couple years ago) is also thicker sheet metal. I also love JCR, I have a few, and their sheet isn't necessarily thick but it has a really resonant quality. So these are not useful recommendations exactly, BUT if you keep an eye out for bells that have more thickness and heft, or steel that doesn't sound thin or "cheap" (in the quality sense), you will be on the right track.
 

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I've a no-name timbale cowbell that just has a nice resonance. I've heard samples of some Meinl black steel cowbells and these sound good too. I feel it's okay as long as it's not an LP RRR.
 

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I just got the Meinel Mike Johnston Groove Bell for Christmas. I like it alot. It has a nice "thunk" compared to the 'tink" the small LP Black Beauty I have. I got needs for both in what I play.
 

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I'm not a cowbell aficionado but do like the Pearl PCB6 Primero cowbell. I removed the foam that's inside as it damped it too much for my tastes. It has a pretty clean tone that sounds, to my ears, a little deeper than the one on Low Rider but not quite as deep as Mississippi Queen. I don't play it too often; really just for the interlude on "Stuck in the Middle" and "Honky Tonk Women"
 

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I love Ritmo cowbells, as well as JCRs. I've heard Ulipercussion makes good bells, but I've not tried them. Generally, once you venture beyond the typical LP/Meinl/Pearl world, it's hard to go back. Not that those brands don't also make good bells.
 

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My #1 is an LP from the 70's, and I think what sets it apart from the newer ones isn't some mystical vintage mojo but the fact its sheet metal is much thicker than modern LP bells. One of my other top faves, a "Striker" (their last inventory was sold here on the forum a couple years ago) is also thicker sheet metal. I also love JCR, I have a few, and their sheet isn't necessarily thick but it has a really resonant quality. So these are not useful recommendations exactly, BUT if you keep an eye out for bells that have more thickness and heft, or steel that doesn't sound thin or "cheap" (in the quality sense), you will be on the right track.
I've got one of those old LP's. It's long and heavy, about a half and half mix of black paint and rust. Thing's a sound beast.
 

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