Because I'm happy with the sound of my Zildjians.
That's almost exactly my experience as well.I like them because it was the sound I grew up with. When I started playing, there were only two "good" cymbals available - Zildjian and Paiste. There were no Paistes to be found in my podunk area, so all my cymbals were Zildjians. They were simply the gold standard.
I suppose it's a kind of imprinting. "This is what a cymbal sounds like."
There´s some truth to that.I had always just assumed that drummers typically purchase whatever cymbal they don't have to pay import duties on unless they have a particular reason to reason. Zildjian in the US, Sabian in Canada, Meinl and Paiste in EU, Instanbul in the Mediterranean north Africa, and west Asia.
Ditto on the K Custom Dark Ride! One of the few times my wife has ever accompanied me to a music store, they had a very lightly used one for sale (but not in my budget). After tinkering with it, I told my wife "If you ever want to buy me any music equipment, this is it!"yeah...I was slightly interested in Paiste Rudes back in the mid 80's being a metalhead, but could not get Zildjian's out of my mind (and anything else in the house). I go into the drum shop, and look at a lot of the cymbals on the wall, but man, I am just drawn right past them all to the Z's!! I am currently lusting after a K Custom Dark 20" Ride....the bell sound is from heaven...literally, it is the cymbal that God has on his drum set
Same thing I told my wife. I ended up with the L80s instead. I guess that’s why I play Zildjians instead of my Sabians. Banished to silence! Probably not the expected twist the OP was looking for!Ditto on the K Custom Dark Ride! One of the few times my wife has ever accompanied me to a music store, they had a very lightly used one for sale (but not in my budget). After tinkering with it, I told my wife "If you ever want to buy me any music equipment, this is it!"
Still don't have one...
I can't even imagine how hard you would have to hit a properly mounted 2002 in order to crack it. If I strike my 2002s with the same force that I use on my K Sweets, they're deafening.I am soundly in the zildjian camp with the sabians as well. Never cared for paiste much due to price. They do have a huge library of sounds, but they are not as durable as the zildjian/sabians imho. I am sure with unlimited budget I would find some I like. The giant beats I had were nice but I sold them for a profit.
totally agree with you about the idea that the cymbal sound is the treasure...and I also remember the pursuit of "the next Zildjian". I am still pursuing a few cymbals. I only have 6 drums, but 34 cymbals. The cymbals are my "voice". I have a cymbal set up for every style of music that I play, and really only 2 of the cymbals are at every gig: my 15" Quick Beats and my 18" Thin Crash from the early 90's.Because when I was a young drummer, Zildjian cymbals were The Gold Standard. All the professional drummers I saw played Zildjian. I spent hours and hours looking at drum catalogs, and beside the kits themselves, I longed for the day I'd be able to afford Zildjians. When I finally obtained my first Zildjians - a set of hi hats - I was in heaven. Every subsequent Zildjian cymbal required a great deal of saving, scrimping, and sacrifice. At this point, I regard my Zildjian/Sabian cymbals far higher than my drum sets. Great-sounding drums are easy to find, but a great-sounding cymbal is a real treasure.
I must say that my confidence in Zildjian was beginning to flag for years before the big redesign effort. The cymbals were sounding very ordinary and rarely excited me enough to buy them except for necessity. But the redesign has made Zildjian cymbals live again. The new As and Ks are sonic adventures. I wish that I could afford to replace the mediocre crashes that I bought before the redesign, but I was able to hand-pick them and they are a decent bunch of crashes. But, if I had the dough, every one of them would be replaced by new K Dark versions like my recent purchase. The new Zildjians really are NEW!
I don't want to derail the thread, but I'll send you a PM...I can't even imagine how hard you would have to hit a properly mounted 2002 in order to crack it. If I strike my 2002s with the same force that I use on my K Sweets, they're deafening.
I imagine that most of the major cymbal brands are similarly durable. Good technique is paramount.