Best China & Effect Cymbals in 2020



Meinl Cymbals 16" Trash China Cymbal with Holes - Classics Custom Dark - MADE IN GERMANY, 2-YEAR WARRANTY (CC16DATRCH) Review:


This is possibly the best sounding china cymbal I’ve played for the money. It’s quick to respond with dark trashy tone and minimal overtones. Virtually no sustain. It’s in and out of the mix. Just like a china should be. For metal, there is no better china for this price. Also make a great stack option. 5 stars.



Meinl 16” China Cymbal – HCS Traditional Finish Brass for Drum Set, Made In Germany, 2-YEAR WARRANTY (HCS16CH) Review:


This is my first Meinl Cymbal and I have to say: I'm sold. I decided to start with an HCS to add to my practice kit and after hearing the sound I get, I'm definitely starting to cycle out my current lineup in favor of some more Meinl in both practice and show kits. The sound is good for the price. You'll get a decent trashy sound out of it, but the projection lacks that of what you'd get out of a high end series of cymbals. I couldn't find any hammering or press defects and after hammering on it for a couple of hours last night, it looked no worse for the wear. I'm definitely impressed.

Pros: Obviously the price. Higher end lines can cost a few hundred dollars. If you need a cymbal to practice with and aren't concern with projection, this is your guy.
Cons: You're not getting much volume out of this. So if you're planning on using this as a show piece, you'll need to mic your stuff. The sustain isn't great, but for what I play, the trashy feel is perfect.



Zildjian Planet Z 18" China Cymbal Review:


I am a novice and just starting out in music, that being said.........I just received this product today and is a beautifully made cymbal with precision and I gave this product 5 Stars based on the description. I didn't find out till after I git it that I found out it was too big for Bluegrass music but I was also told that Zildjian makes top notch instruments and that it was a wise choice to make in choosing this brand, so in the future, I will be buying more of this brand as I need it. I will be recommending it to my friends too.



Wuhan WU10418 18-Inch Lion China Cymbal Review:


EASILY the best sounding china cymbal brand out there, and the most affordable. Group my comments along with all the rest of the similar ones found in the other reviews. That alone speaks volumes for the sound of this cymbal. I don't think it's a coincidence that the best sounding china cymbals come from China, which is kind of amusing. There's one downside to this cymbal and that is it's L O U D!!!!!!!!!! The first time I hit it it was instant ringing ears...for real. My old Paiste china was louder than all my other cymbals, but this one is 5 times as loud and rips at your ear drums giving you instant tinnitus. To me it sounds like it's mounted directly on my head and focused directly into my ear. I had to use my VF isolation headphones as "hearing protection" since purchasing it, and that's no joke. I don't hit any of my cymbals overly hard, and it looks like I'll need to get used going extra light on this one. I have it positioned so it's both at the proper angle but out of the "sweet spot" as much as possible as far as the proper striking point goes. Hopefully you guys/gals know what I'm trying to say. Maybe some painters tape dampening or a moon gel near the center will help. Oh well, it's WELL worth it for the awesome and PROPER "PAHHH" sound this thing makes.

If I could change anything other than the loudness of this cymbal, it's that Wuhan would spend the extra fricken 25 cents on printing the logo on BOTH sides of the cymbal. IDK, it just bugs me, and it's certainly a bit of a missed opportunity as far as brand ID/advertising goes.

I may have to look into Wuihan's other B20 bronze alloy offerings. It's the same alloy as many of Zildjian, Sabian and Meinl's higher end cymbals. The rest of my cymbals, Paiste PST 5's are of their CuSn8 alloy, AKA B8. Though the PST5's sound VERY nice for the price, they're DISTINCTLY different from the more musical CuSn20/B20 alloy used in higher end cymbals, the latter being FAR more musically pleasing to my ear anyway. The CuSn8/B8 alloy tends to sound more "clanky" and cheap sounding IMO. I think as drummers we all know that being frugal on the drums usually works out, while being frugal on the cymbals usually leads to buying cymbals twice....hence why they cost so much to begin with.

"Buy Once, Cry Once". It's a good way to look at many purchases.



Wuhan WU10420 20-Inch Lion China Cymbal Review:


I purchased this cymbal on Amazon back in 2004. I still have it in good condition. I've played in several bands quite vigorously with it over the years and it has held up unexpectedly well. I tore through a Z Custom crash and Sabian AA Crash and this one has no cracks yet! Other Wuhan china cymbals I have had cracked not long after I bought them, but this one (20-inch) has stood the test of time. I played this cymbal in various genres and environments. Rock, Punk, Alt-Rock, Metal, Death Metal, Power Metal, Jam-Bands.. in very cold/dry and very hot/humid practice spaces, on large stages and small clubs. This thing rocks and has a very dark trashy sound. It sounds great on stage and in the studio. It has a strong presence in recordings and fills the mid-high range space with a brilliant trashy punch. It really shines when mic'd in stereo w/ a shotgun pattern. I am utterly impressed. I will be a very sad drummer when this thing finally cracks, but I will be definitely be buying another one.

Care suggestions. Keep cymbals covered and mounted properly. Dust will dry out your instrument and cause premature cracking. Also I am a very heavy hitter myself, but practicing proper stick techniques will also prolong the life of your cymbal.

This cymbal is cast with traditional techniques without modern milling and machining, therefore it is naturally going to be more brittle than typical commercial level cymbals like Zildjian, Sabian etc...



Meinl 14” China Cymbal – HCS Traditional Finish Brass for Drum Set, Made In Germany, 2-YEAR WARRANTY (HCS14CH) Review:


This is my first Meinl Cymbal and I have to say: I'm sold. I decided to start with an HCS to add to my practice kit and after hearing the sound I get, I'm definitely starting to cycle out my current lineup in favor of some more Meinl in both practice and show kits. The sound is good for the price. You'll get a decent trashy sound out of it, but the projection lacks that of what you'd get out of a high end series of cymbals. I couldn't find any hammering or press defects and after hammering on it for a couple of hours last night, it looked no worse for the wear. I'm definitely impressed.

Pros: Obviously the price. Higher end lines can cost a few hundred dollars. If you need a cymbal to practice with and aren't concern with projection, this is your guy.
Cons: You're not getting much volume out of this. So if you're planning on using this as a show piece, you'll need to mic your stuff. The sustain isn't great, but for what I play, the trashy feel is perfect.



WUHAN WU104-16 China Cymbal Review:


How you want a china cymbal to sound vs how a china cymbal is supposed to sound just might pose a conflict to Western sensibilities. To say a high priced Swiss, Italian or Turkish made China cymbal sounds "better" than the real deal has me scratching my head. A china cymbal made in China using time honored Chinese techniques sounds inferior to the competitor's high dollar factory pounded jewels... Whuwhat? Hey, these trash can lids were designed to keep the bad spirits away! Whether you love or hate the noise made by the real deal, at least be assured in knowing that you are in possession of a genuine C-H-I-N-A cymbal!

Now if you want to exercise cork sniffery on Wuhan products, then go for the Wuhan Western style cymbal pack (if you can find one). Wuhan does a pretty good job on providing a low priced great sounding crash, ride, hi hat pack. They don't sound as 'western as their higher priced competitors, but they do have a unique character, and usable voice. The 20 inch medium heavy ride (at least the one I have) sounds close to a Zildjian K series dark ride. The Wuhans look nice, too.