Best Beginner Cymbals: A beginners guide to upgrading your drum kit
A beginners drum kit is a fairly basic thing. Some people buy a drum set and gives up learning very quickly, content to sit back and watch as the drum set accumulates dust in the corner. Others develop a passion and love for drumming to the point that they need to change their parts as quickly as they blow through their lessons. If you are a passionate beginner drummer, you may have already thought of upgrading your cymbals.
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A basic drum kit generally comes with two cymbals; a hi-hat ranging in size from 14" to 16", and a ride or splash in a 16" size. Although a set up such as this one is good for those who are just starting out and getting a feel for rhythm and the beat of the drums, you will quickly come to find what works and doesn't work with your cymbals. The cymbals on your set are chosen for use with everyone, and if you start to expand on your abilities as a drummer, you will quickly outgrow them.
When you are ready to upgrade, you will have a lot of questions as to which cymbal to purchase. Let's face it, there are a lot of choices and learning how to pick and choose between the varieties of cymbals is like learning a new language. Which one will have the most amount of wash? Which are trashier? The choices are endless. Fortunately for the beginning drummer, Sabian and Meinl, two leading manufacturers of cymbals, have a great choices that will make it easy for you to upgrade.
The Meinl HCS cymbals were created especially for beginners and students. The HCS grouping of cymbals is a matched set that will make it simple for you to pick and choose your new cymbals. Created from MS63 Alloy, these cymbals are polished enough to be flashy and warm enough to work with any sound you are trying to create. Whether you plan to upgrade your hi-hat and ride, or you want to add a splash and china, the HCS set of cymbals will provide you with enough sustain and ping that you will notice an improvement in your drumming.
The Sabian B8 cymbals were created for the beginner drummer who has an eye on their pocket book. Made from B8 Alloy, these cymbals are softer and not as responsive. If your passion is heavy metal but you aren't quite ready for a heavy cymbal, the Sabian B8 will be an outstanding cymbal as you learn. Choose individually from a variety of rides, splashes, crashes, or hihats, or purchase an entire set of B8's in a variety of sizes. Your drum kit will be fully operational and ready to rock.
When you are ready to progress in your drumming, remember that there are a lot of choices out there. The Meinl HCS and the Sabian B8 cymbals can take the guesswork out of upgrading and put you at an entirely new level of drumming. Pick and choose between the two lines, and watch your abilities grow!