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    Hi again. I was in a local newsagent reading the latest issue of "Rhythm" magazine (for those of you that are interested, or who read this publication).

    I saw in it, on one of the left-hand pages near the back, an advert for Generation X cymbals. These cymbals are, from what I understand, designed to give a more outlandish sound compared to traditional Acoustic cymbals.

    For those that don't know, the cymbals are comprised of 8" of some metal (brass, I think), closely packed on top of varying diameters of nickelsilver metal (I think you can get 10" splash, 14" and 16" crashes and 18" ride -- but don't quote me on that; I'm not quite sure of this myself). The cymbals have ridges and waves underneath (not sure what they're for - probably to intensify the weird sounds).

    Has anybody tried these or does anyone have any interest in them? If someone can try these out somewhere and tell me about them then I'd be grateful. I'm curious.

    By the way, they were designed by (and I quote from the ad): "futuristic" drummer Johnny Rabb. Has anyone heard of this bloke? Is he a bit of a nutter? Is he good?

    Aaaaaargh... sooooooo many questions to try and satisfy my oh-so-insatiable curiousity!!
    "I do what I like, and I like what I do."

  • #2
    Johnny Rabb's quite popular over here in the States, he's got his own stick company, and numerous instructional books and videos out. He's mainly kown for his drum'n'bass exploits and his Guinness book of records stunt of playing the most single strokes in one minute. Is he a nutter? Judging by his sticks, which are really good, no. Judging by his record-breaking attempts, yes.
    The Generation X cymbals are from Meinl, he's their top name endorser next to Marco Minnemann and Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks.
    I'm thinking the ridges on the larger cymbals are there to create a tighter fit with the stacked smaller cymbals, which have wavy edges. The top cymbals are brass, the larger cymbals are nickel-silver, plus there's a cymbal on a stick called a Drumbal, which is layed on top of a snare, and played to create some weird sounds. It sounds like an interesting concept, and Meinl make great cymbals, but I haven't tried them yet. I'm yet to find them!
    "Fry that sound effect, Moriarty, we're having it for breakfast"

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    • #3
      Thanks for the info on Johnny Rabb, Stu. I really appreciate it. I live in the UK, as you know, so I'll try and check with the main dealer down my way for the Generation X cymbals. For those that know it, yes, I am talking about Wembley Drum Centre.

      And I have an apology to make. The advert is NOT at the back of the magazine. It's on page 32. At least, last time I checked, it was...
      "I do what I like, and I like what I do."

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      • #4
        I read a review on them in Modern drummer or drum! recently. They seem really cool, the reviewer said they work great with complimenting 'e' drum sounds. Plus they come with a nifty drumball thing ( I think that's what it's called) that sits on your snare (or toms). I'm still waiting for them to show up at my dealer or in the catalogs before I make my final decision though.
        td-6, pro-mark, remo, sabian, dw, tama rockstar.

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        • #5
          Saw Johnny Rabb at PASIC in November. Should be an article on PASIC in the next issue of Rhythm.
          FCN do Meinl and Johnny Rabb sticks in the UK.
          Check out his Freehand and Rhythmsaw videos if you get a chance. Hope he'll do a clinic in the UK sometime.
          Mick
          www.royfulton.co.uk, www.zendrum.com ,Tempus Drums, Istanbul Agop, Regal Tip, Alesis DMPro, D4,Garageband, HK Powerworks PA

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          • #6
            www.meinl.de

            Has product info for the Gen X cymbals and drumbals. Site seems to be very up and down though recently.

            I'm seriously thinking about some Meinls to go with my planned custom kit (from drummaker.com ). Zildjians are lovely (I already have several) but prices have skyrocketed and it's difficult to demo cymbals these days- not good considering Zildjians are usually very different from cymbal to cymbal. Meanwhile, Paiste seem to have dissapeared up their own ar*es and are charging a small fortune for good cymbals.

            The Meinl range seems to cover lots of models and types, and they're all reasonably priced.



            [This message has been edited by cgrieves (edited January 15, 2002).]

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            • #7
              Cool, here's an easy link to follow for parts...



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              • #8
                Cool, here's an easy link to follow for parts... http://www.drummaker.com/shop

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                Thanks,
                Andy Foote
                Drum Supply House
                http://www.drummaker.com/shop
                "Custom Drum Parts sold here."
                Thanks,
                Andy Foote
                Drum Supply House
                http://www.drummaker.com/shop
                "Custom Drum Parts sold here."
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