WORST Sounding China Cymbal?

Toast Tee

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I had a bunk 20 Avidis in the 80's. It sounded awful!
 

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I have a Sabian AAX Xtreme 17" China. The Extreme moniker the company gave it was right! It's not very sonic, and is so over the top cutting and aggressive I struggle to fit it into the music I play (and I play nu-metal sort of stuff). The only genres I reckon it could actually work in are metalcore and the similarly extreme.
I have the 15", 17" and 19" AAX Extreme chinas and they are glorious! They work with any sort of modern prog/rock/metal. The 19" is the most mellow of the bunch and opens up at low volumes so it can work with more genres than the 17" and 15", but the 2 smaller ones work in lots of music.
 

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+1 on the trashy Wuhan for punk, but buy a few because they break or put them on the Aquarian cymbal springs.
Or a Rude Novo china; you have to nail the crap out of those and they can take it.
I wouldn't wish a 20" Z custom china on my worst enemy, but I won't sell mine either hah!
 
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CHECK the awesome---Spiral Thingy on the Far RIGHT...>>ok semi-awesome--->>>


and everything he has up there is weird/cymbalwise
 

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CHECK the awesome---Spiral Thingy on the Far RIGHT...>>ok semi-awesome--->>>


and everything he has up there is weird/cymbalwise
I had to return mine. It wouldn't fit in my cymbal bag.
That one might stay "in the underground"
 

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I’ve got a 16” Saluda Voodoo China that sounds pretty awful. Though honestly it’s no different from a Wuhan when it comes down to it.
 

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It all depends on what you consider awful. I own a UFIP FX Series Trash China (not Effects Series, although it has a similar finish) that is perfect for metal. I mean perfect. By that, I mean it is loud and aggressive and trashy and angry sounding. It's not beautiful or pretty or even usable in most musical settings, but my friends who play metal/punk adore it.
 

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Cheap is not necessarily always bad. In my case, I had a Sabian B8 Pro 18" China from the early 1990s. For an inexpensive cymbal, it was a very good cymbal... a good wash and not a gong. I sold it when I bought 16" and 20" Istanbul Agop traditionals.
 

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To my ears, a Sabian B8 Pro in 16 is probably the most painful sounding china I've ever had the displeasure of striking.
 

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For bad as in "pleasing", I really like the Paiste Twenty series China's, or a Paiste T20 China. Even the XS20 from Sabian I enjoy or Paiste PST5 ones.

For bad as in "get this away from me", I guess I don't care for the "pro" Chinas that much. They always sound too thick to me. don't know why.
 

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I guess if you can find a large enough, nicely machined steel pot lid it might actually sound not bad as an effect cymbal. I sometimes tap on them just for fun, and they certainly don't hurt my ears like those stamped brass/bronze crap they call ZBTs, HCSs, etc.. :sign6:
 

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