What makes you think of getting this very cymbal, what do you expect of it?Thinking of pulling the trigger on the 22” Reflector Bell Ride (Nicko McBrain signature ride). Anyone have one of these? Thoughts?
I like the "ping" - the bell is spectacular. I also love the fact that although it has a lot of wash, it still maintains the articulation. You are right - it is loud. The music I play isn't that loud that it calls for this cymbal all the time. However, I also have a Masters Medium Ride and a Masters Dry Ride, so my contrasts are there. I just like the cymbal. I know what I'm getting into I suppose, but is it really so one dimensional that it's unplayable in less "loud" situations?What makes you think of getting this very cymbal, what do you expect of it?
As for the Signature i can say it´s not very versatile, it´s usefull for just 2 styles imo: very loud sound and even louder than very loud sound...
This does not mean it ain´t nice. I played one for many years to drive punkrock and hardcore bands live and like it very much, (bandmates and sound-engineers don´t, though) XD
but you need to "treat" it, means if you just want to go for that "ping" (typical for Nico McBrain´s playing with Iron Maiden) i find it bit, well, -boring (the ping, not Nicko of course).
(currently back to a 20" 2002 Heavy Ride because playing smaller venues)
But you can get that kind of wash out of it if played not necessarily harder but use the shaft every now and then, and still the ping does not get lost inbetween.
For example if you want to accent your bassdrum pattern at some notes.
The main reason i bought mine some years ago was...
I played the "real" Sound Creation Bell Ride for years, live as well as for recordings and this one is a total different story.
The trouble was that i broke 3 of them during the years while playing live, well really broke 1, another got dropped i guess and another one well, guitar player fall over it and hit it with his guitar ...
So since them 22" Sound Creations getting more rare i needed an alternative and the Signature fitted in somewhat.
Still got 2 Sound Creation but using them for recordings only nowadays.
For the versatilty the 22" Sound Creations are beauties and beasts, since they got a wider frequency range allover. Not only if "treated" but also if played with lighter sticks and force they come up much better than the Signature.
If you are for the ping -go for it!I like the "ping" - the bell is spectacular. I also love the fact that although it has a lot of wash, it still maintains the articulation.
No, i did not mean unplayble in lower volume situations in general, might me my personal taste more than objective measurement....
I just like the cymbal. I know what I'm getting into I suppose, but is it really so one dimensional that it's unplayable in less "loud" situations?