I've heard that about Stagg and Dreams too. But, I've never heard a Stagg or seen one for that matter and I haven't heard a Dream that I like yet.K.O. said:My theory is that Wuhan, Stagg, and Dream all come out of the same plant in the Wuhan area of China and just get different ink. Dreams typically sound better though and I wonder if they cull the majority of the better sounding ones for themselves. Just speculation of course.
Nope. I have the same love/hate relationship with Wuhan too. I have all those others you have and a couple of rides. I had also bought the 19" to fill a niche. I think it's the worst crash cymbal they make. I still have it. God only knows why the 19" sucks and the 18" crash ride is brilliant! I kind of have the same love hate relationship with my 21" rivited Med-Heavy ride. I took the rivits out when I got it, but having been listening to alot of Miles Davis with Jimmy Cobb, it's clear I need to put them back in.I have an 18" Thin and an 18" Crash/Ride that I use all the time. I love them! Very soft under the stick and they open up nicely. I also have a 16" Thin and 14" Hats that I keep in case my 3 year old wants to bash on my drums since they are slightly better than pots and pans. Also, I had ordered a 19" and when it arrived it was extremely unbalanced and sounded terrible. I packed it back up and gladly paid the return shipping to never see it again.
Long and short of it... I love them and I hate them.
When you find a good one, it's a truly magical experience....problem is....finding a good one.I been seeing a lot of Wuhan cymbals these days on the internet - can anyone tell me more about them? Has anyone tried any?
I have heard this comment from several people, and believe it to be true from my own experience too . But why is this so? Is it easier to make a good sounding splash than a crash or ride? It must be, right?Of the 10 or 12 Wuhan cymbals I've owned over the years, I've always preferred the splashes over their larger offerings.
I've managed to keep 8, 10 & 12" Wuhan splashes and got rid of my other Wuhans. They aren't exactly spectacular when played by themselves but in the context of the music they can stand out as unique and special. Hence my fondness for Wuhan splashes (and only their splashes)
This isn't quite finished but here is the next generation summary of cymbal alloys.I suspect the particular b20 alloy they use may contain impurities, this combined with their various (and often crude) manufacturing processes could result in the smaller diameter cymbals sounding a bit more pleasant - to my ear anyway.