Meinl HCS?

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What is the overall consensus on this cymbal line? From what I've researched, they sound nice for the money.

I'm getting back into drumming and will be playing with a blues band (me, bass, 2 guitars, and keys). So I'd like cymbals that sound good and are inexpensive.

I also have my eyes on the Wuhan Western cymbal pack which seems unreal for the price.

Which would you do and why?

Thanks all!
 

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Do you already have a drum kit? If so, I'd focus on getting a slightly lower end drum kit and then nicer cymbals. You can find 70's Zildjian's for a relative steal.

Cheap cymbals will always sound like cheap cymbals, cheap drums can sound good with new heads and tuning.
 

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Meinl HCS don´t sound too bad for brass cymbals - which is a bit like saying (to quote Jeremy Clarkson): "Hooray, I´ve got gonorrhea, the best of veneral diseases!"

Don´t bother with them. As above - go used. Zildjian As or older Sabians can be had for very little money.
 

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The HCS are surprisingly nice for cheap cymbals...but...I just sold some old A. Zildjians. I think I only got about $80 each for a 16 crash and 20" ride and sold set of new beats for 120. All of them were really nice and about the same price as new budget cymbals.
 

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I use the Meinl HCS cymbals
Trash Crash over a smaller China
Trash Stack

Great value and the Trash Crash is very usable on gigs, especially for more Electro gigs along with some Meinl Gen-X Johhny Rabb cymbals

Cheers
Mick
 

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The HCS are surprisingly nice for cheap cymbals...but...I just sold some old A. Zildjians. I think I only got about $80 each for a 16 crash and 20" ride and sold set of new beats for 120. All of them were really nice and about the same price as new budget cymbals.
are you serious? I thought Meinl HCS was junk.
 

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I agree with the A Zildjian or AA Sabians vs HCS, Sabian B8, ZBT's and other starter cymbals. You can find nearly new starter packs of Zildjian A's for around $450 (hats, 16,18,21 sweet ride). For the older A's in well worn condition, that same pack can be found for around $300.....for Sabian AA around $250. On Ebay this past 1-2 months I saw a nearly new set of Paiste PST7's (hats, 16,18,20) sell for around $225 delivered. Really great value for semi-pro cymbals and far superior to all the starter models.
 

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Thanks all for the replies. I'm heading to the local GC tomorrow to probably pick up a kit (Ludwig Breakbeats or SPL Street Bop). Since I'm just getting back into drumming, I don't wanna spend a ton right now. Maybe down the road when we get rolling, then I can invest in a better kit/cymbals. But for now, just want something that sounds nice & doesn't break the bank.

Thanks again!
 

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What is the overall consensus on this cymbal line? From what I've researched, they sound nice for the money.

I'm getting back into drumming and will be playing with a blues band (me, bass, 2 guitars, and keys). So I'd like cymbals that sound good and are inexpensive.

I also have my eyes on the Wuhan Western cymbal pack which seems unreal for the price.

Which would you do and why?

Thanks all!
Of those two choices, I would definitely go with the Wuhan cymbal pack.
 

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I have the hcs 13" hats 16",14" crash and a 10" splash. I actually like the sound of them and they are durable. They are a little bright but overall good for pop and classic rock. I just wouldn't buy the ride. That's the only cymbal in that line I dont like. Not enough sustain for my taste. Fortunately I have a 22" zildjian ride from the 60s I think that I will never give up.
 

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The HCS line will make noise. But they will not inspire u to play well. Agop xist are the best entry level cymbals IMO. I still GI with them from time to time.
 

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The HCS do make a noise when you hit them but as stated above not a very musical one. I strongly suggest finding some used higher level cymbals that inspire you.
 

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I can't say I've heard any HCS that sound good to me. In my most recent cheap cymbal hunt I went with an unbranded 18" crash over the HCS. It was better in sound (IMHO) and price (cold fact).
 

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