We all know it’s the matter of the budget but let’s see it.
For those seeking up for a lower price you can start with only $13.99 per piece or $100 per set (crash, ride, hi hat).
But for professional cymbals, it’s totally different story.
HHX Evolution – one of best selling Sabian company cymbal set cost $979.
So, how much do cymbals cost a descent ones.
You can get a descent cymbal set for around $600-$700 but you can always get used as long as the hole in the middle looks right and there is not cracked.
Curious for more information?
I provided many interesting facts, pros and cons and of course the best offers!
Let’s check most common questions…
Why are cymbals so expensive?
If you think making cymbals is difficult and a long process, you are absolutely right!
To make cymbals you need a lot of time, skills, talent and of course you have to do your research.
The conclusion is that
The LABOUR is the PRIMARY contributor to the final cost of new cymbals!
But don’t worry, they exist in all sorts of forms for everyone’s pocket!
- The cost of raw materials is actually quite low, state between $4 to $7 per 1kg.
CONCLUSION? The cost of cymbals has little to do with the raw material!
- The cost of labor is typically what drives the price skyward.
CONCLUSION? Hand molded cymbals are more expensive!
STATE THE FACTS:
The most common bronze used in the manufacture of higher end cymbals is an 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin mix.
The usual rule in cymbal manufacturing is that the higher the tin-to-copper ratio the more expensive the cymbal.
THIS does NOT always hold true!
Another question that is bothering us…
Long story short:
Why are cymbals so expensive?
Because quality costs money!
What are cheap cymbals made of?
This question bothers us ALL!
Are the cheaper ones bad?
Are they good enough?
Cymbals are typically made from a copper alloy as it had desirable sound properties
The cymbals in the collection are made from brass, an alloy of copper (usually 38%) and zinc!
If we compare the expensive ones with the cheaper ones we can see that:
Most popular cheaper cymbals, usually for beginners are
Brass cymbals are inexpensive beginners’ cymbals so therefore not meant to last long;
The rigidity of brass yields cymbals harsh in sound and very prone to cracks at the bell hole and the border.
- These are typically very poor in tone
- Some even being disks of untreated metal
- Unplayable despite the reputable brand name
The brass for cymbals is about 38% zinc and 60$% copper.
Readily available as sheet metal, and easily the cheapest metal stock normally used for cymbals
The tone of brass cymbals tends to be warm but dull compared to any sort of tin bronze
Here are some examples of brass/cheap cymbals:
- Meinl Meteor
- Meinl Marathon M38
- Meinl Classics cymbals
- Orion Twister
You can find those types of cymbals on Amazon and eBay.
What is the most expensive cymbal?
The Funch Cymbals Spizzichino Tribute Model is the only one on eBay for
The story of Roberto Spizzichino
Spizzichino died in 2011.
His “crafts” were handily fetching higher prices than the old Zildjian K. He is known as a master behind Ufip cymbals all until 1986 when he decided to continue on his own.
In 2017, one of his rides alone is sold for the same amount as a custom–made kit with a full complement of cymbals
He was known as genius … WHY?
Well when the cymbals can sell for $2,000, there’s something more to the instruments and the man behind them!
The manufactured cymbals didn’t meet Spizzichino’s standards,
So he declined endorsemen!
His cymbal brand is called SPIZZ , name is still used against the family’s wishes.
Spizzichino Cymbals are very difficult to find…
THE ONLY indicator of an authentic Spizzichino cymbal
Is the “R. Spizzichino” stamp he personally engraved on his pieces!
What cymbals should I buy?
Here’s a little buying guide on what to pay attention when buying your first cymbals
Cymbals can usually be sorted into four broad categories:
- Good explosive sound that’s not too long in duration;
- Size – typically range from 14” to 18”, a nice 16” is a good size for starters;
- Used for accents in songs
- A distinct, quick ping-like sound to your ride sticking patterns;
- The larger the bell, the more overtones the cymbal can have;
- Size range is from 18” up to 26”, with a 20” or 22” being a good starting point.
- Sold in pairs with the bottom cymbal being slightly thicker than the top;
- The same rule about thin vs. thick applies here;
- Sizes range from 12” to 14”, but a 13” or 14” is a good start.
- If you’re starting out on a lower budget, you can delay adding these a bit later;
- They come in various forms
- Anything from an 18” crash with large holes drilled into it to a cymbal all up to stacked cymbals
Jazz drummers are probably going to want totally different cymbal arrays compare to drummers in metal or hard rock bands.
A good place to get started is by checking out the cymbal setups of your favorite drummers.
The ‘right’ cymbal is a personal choice.
Every drummer will have different preferences, trust your ears and follow your instinct.
Here are few tips on what to buy first
- You’ll want to focus your first cymbal purchases on a single ride,
- One or two crashes,
- A good set of hi-hats.
I prepared the top three, value for money cymbals
If you are beginner level go with Meinl HCS
You can find set of Meinl HCS on Amazon for $99.00 which is more that great price for a whole cymbal set.
Don’t expect too much, all beginner cymbals are there just for practice and are not too durable.
For intermediate level go with Paiste PST 8
Paiste PST 8 Rock Cymbal Set is on Amazon for $495.00
This is the best intermediate level cymbals set and although Paiste cymbals are usually very expensive, this series does offer a great value for money
For professionals go with Sabian HHX
Sabian HHX Evolution Exclusive Set is on Amazon for $979.00
Being the one of most popular Sabian cymbals series is not an easy task but for Evolution it looks like an easy breezy.
So newbies and professionals,
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