Show me how awesome a drummer they are while even completely neglecting the cymbals they are supposed to be featuring!
I also grit my teeth at demos where the player insist on applying his singular style regardless of the cymbal he's demoing. No matter the type of cymbal under his stick he plays what ever his personal favorite style of music is, forget exploring the cymbal, again it's all about "watch me"!
Often I come for the cymbal and leave BECAUSE of the drummer!!
We need ICD codes for cymbal and drum demo’s. (International Cymbal and Drum codes). Jazz cymbal, demo number 12.9. Jazz pattern, dynamics, crash. Rock cymbal? Bow and bell playing, rock beat. Etc etc. Let’s standardize this
I generally watch cymbal demos form Memphis Drum Shop and Drum Shop of Maine. I can't recall any others at the moment.
Both places mic and record differently. Getting past our pet-peeves...which place offers the truest representation of the cymbal sound? Meaning: which place do you watch cymbal videos from (any place) where you have no doubt that what you hear in the video is what you're going to hear when you get it home?
When they only show 1 dimension of the cymbal, whatever the cymbal and dimension may be. Thinking of something like a jazz ride (probably most of the demos I watch), I want to hear individual notes/decay, swells, bells, shoulder shanks, crashes and actual patterns solo and accompanied by the rest of the kit. I also want to hear playing up and down the bow, from the bell to the edge.
I know that sounds like a laundry list, but I've watched too many demos that end before they've really started, or given me a full picture of what the cymbal can do. I understand with cheaper cymbals they probably are pretty 1 dimensional, but a quality instrument is complex, nuanced and multi-dimensional.