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Post  Paradiddlemadness on Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:51 am

I just broke 2 cymbals in the space of a week - a 20" Paiste Alpha China and a 20" Paiste Rude Crash/Ride. I've had these cymbals for about 2 1/2 years and haven't changed the way I play them although I may hit a little harder when I play live. I rehearse in what is at the moment a really cold warehouse. Do you think cymbals get affected by cold which may make them a little more prone to breaking?
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Post  mty on Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:59 am

bummer Nate! 2 cymbals broken in a week?! Maybe it's those trunk you use for sticks?! ha ha. Seriously i think the cold does affect cymbals - cold metal is more brittle metal which could make cymbals more prone to cracking - warm metal is more malleable. Are you striking the cymbal cutting across the edge rather than straight into it? M

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Post  Paradiddlemadness on Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:31 am

Nah, not with that one. I hit it like I mean it! haha. But I have been doing that for 2 1/2 years :-) Meh, I'll just get another Very Happy
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Post  Mark [Admin] on Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:36 am

Whoa! you broke a rude? cold could be a factor - I also read somewhere that paiste buys its alloy in from outside suppliers in sheet form and that the grain direction runs one way as opposed to zildjian and sabian which have multi grain dirrections. Having said i've broken cymbals when trying to get more volume out of them.
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Post  Paradiddlemadness on Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:53 am

Honestly, I think anything on a drumkit is breakable. I went through an Aquarian Hi Energy drumhead in 3 months, and those are supposed to be pretty robust. I split it top to bottom, and the only thing holding it together was the powerdot layer on top! haha. It went from a tight modern-metal sound to a fat 80's sound Very Happy

My friend Brad from Kora broke the shell of his snare drum. Then again he's got some pretty big arms on him!
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Re: Breaking Cymbals!

Post  firetomysoul on Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:30 am

Breaks to date of drumming years...
several thousands worth of sticks(including several pairs of Aheads)
Split lugs in half
split a heavy gauge super hoop
snapped my old premier 252 pedal in half
cracked a zildjian 12" china trash
cracked a 16" paiste 2000 sound reflections crash
cracked cap off tooth(drumstick in mouth on upstroke)
broken cell phone(practicing strokes on legs)
stuffe threading on my old snare stand from the impact from rim shots
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Post  Paradiddlemadness on Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:21 am

Bro - the cellphone and tooth are classic! haha. I've broken truckloads of cymbals since I started, but nothing for a few years until now. Nothing beats the tooth though! :-)
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Post  Rabble on Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:17 am

my dads mate got a stick in the eye from the up stroke, but chipping a tooth... classic!
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Post  Paradiddlemadness on Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:55 pm

I bet it wasn't all fun and games for him after that happened! Laughing
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Re: Breaking Cymbals!

Post  John on Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:23 am

I hit quite hard but with a slicing motion - though I have a tendency to buy second hand cymbals as opposed to new ones, which I attribute my huge breakage rate to to comfort myself... d'oh. Just broke my RUDE top hi-hat, ARRRGH. Breaking gear is the worst, especially when you can't afford new stuff...

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Post  Rabble on Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:21 am

I've never heard of someone breaking a Hi-Hat. You must punish your equipment! I can't even afford to buy that stuff once, let alone twice. I thought Crash/Rides were invincible too...
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Post  firetomysoul on Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:27 am

My old tutor broke his a custom 12" mastersounds, he ended up turning them upside down and they sounded mean
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Post  Paradiddlemadness on Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:18 pm

Yeah I had to buty a new Rude Crash/Ride as it is my most played cymbal, but got the other one semi-fixed. It stopped the crack at the edge, but the one around the bell is virtually unfixable. Now I have a mean-as 20" Rude Sizzle Crash/Ride Laughing
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Re: Breaking Cymbals!

Post  John on Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:46 am

Rabble wrote:I've never heard of someone breaking a Hi-Hat. You must punish your equipment! I can't even afford to buy that stuff once, let alone twice. I thought Crash/Rides were invincible too...

Ever heard of anybody breaking two?

Yeah. Me.

I read an interview with Alex Van Halen's drumtech a while ago - Al would regularly smash right through his top....AND bottom hi-hat. Crazy.


In my defense, I play almost exclusively second-hand cymbals, so the problem could be therein...Being poor sucks.

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Post  www.bebo.com/lithiumnz on Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:16 am

bro i totally know what u mean i have broken in my 2 year carrer as a drummer 3 splashes 1 set of hi hats 2 crashes and a ride (the ride was after i trashed the dum kit tho) lol

that being said only the splashes were good

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Re: Breaking Cymbals!

Post  Brennan on Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:12 am

I very recently cracked my RUDE 16" but the crack was right in the middle of the cymbal and went through the brand/barcode number!!!
Thankfully wards musicworks replaced it under warrenty.
It was deemed a manufacturer fault!

Also destroyed a pair of hats (topandbottom) and a paiste 302 16"

And when i first gotmy rude 18" I broke my boom stand!! snapped straight in half!
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