Inside The February 2012 Issue
28 Cymbals: The Whole Story
What’s with our enduring fascination with bronze discs? From ancient bacchanals to modern arena rock, the cymbal abides.
38 Forging Methods
The four main approaches to cymbal making from around the world.
40 Cymbal Timeline
Highlights from the Bronze Age to the information age.
44 Cymbal Selection Pie Chart
An exhaustive guide to today’s range of finishes and textures and what they mean for your sound.
47 The Art Of Cymbal Smacking: A Visual Guide
Maximize the quality of sounds you draw from your cymbals.
50 Testing Tips
Fail-safe strategies to determine the cymbal that’s right for you.
52 Cymbal Perspectives
My life in search of the perfect cymbal sound.
55 Matt Nolan
The DIY cymbalsmith expands the sonic and visual paradigm.
57 All About The Gong
The skinny on the outsize percussion accoutrement.
59 Choice Pies From The Ultimate Collection
A tour of some magnificent gems.
65 The Complete Cymbal Company Directory Manufacturers from A to Z.
79 Poncho Sanchez
The percussionist known as El Conguero takes the lessons of his idols to new heights.
86 Product Test
New gear from LP, DingDrum, and Z-Stik
Taku Hirano teaches us the value of multitasking with our percussion cymbals; Glen Caruba shows us a cymba trick that’s a snap to master.
93 How To Record Cymbals
The crispest chick, liquid-sounding crash, and crystalline ping await you — minus the harshness.
100 Dialed In Zildjian Gen 16 AE Cymbals
102 Natal Drums And Hardware
105 Cymbal Polish Shootout
We put the leading metal balms to the ultimate test.
109 Sam Loeffler
For the Chevelle drummer, tracking “Face To The Floor” from new album Hats Off To The Bull was a serious headache.
115 Billy Martin juices the shuffle; Rich Redmond lays into the cymbals; Matt Byrne is hot for the hats; and Wally Schnalle spells out the V Stick technique.
- Notation Guide
- Single Strokes
- DRUM! Picks
- Meet Your Maker