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    I'm interested in eCymbals. I've heard a lot of not-so-complimentary things here about the V-Cymbals. I have also heard a few recommendations for better products. I've been to the sites to do a little homework, and here's what I've found:

    Hart Dynamics
    Their Web site doesn't have any details on their eCymbals II, which are the ones that look like actual cymbals. The regular eCymbals don't look like a great replacment for the standard Roland pads.

    Visu-lite
    Ride and china are not chokable. Ride requires 2 inputs, even with the TD-10. Also, I don't understand the Studio Series. Same cymbals, different materials?

    Pintech
    Not enough details about their TC Series Trigger Cymbals on their Web site to make an educated decision. Great price though!

    Does this shed any light on who makes the best eCymbals for a V-Pro? It sure doesn't help me a bit. Just gives me a few things to be wary of. Any suggestions?

    Thanks.

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    Reverend Poppy
    Reverend Poppy

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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Reverend Poppy:
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    Studio

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    • #3
      The new V Cymbals are the BEST on the market despite some negative reviews you may have read. Please remember, most equipment is not set up properly in stores. Look at the unanimous positive reviews from NAMM where the cymbals were dialed in correctly.

      I give them the BEST rating based on the following:

      ALL the cymbals have the "choke" feature.

      The crash and ride "move" very realistically.

      They are super quiet.

      They are sensitive enough to be played with brushes. Even if you don't use brushes, sensitivity is very importiant to pick up nuances.

      The 3 zone ride is outrageous! It IS the closest to the real deal available.

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      • #4
        As alternatives to Roland, who obviously has the edge with their new V-cymbals, Harts are very nice, look good, and are somewhat cost effective.

        Pintech TC cymbals are very inexpensive and best used as crashes or efx. The sensitivity is just not there for use as a hat.

        Ddrum cymbals are excellent when used with ddrum modules. Their hi-hat cymbal/control is a very cool conversation piece and actually feels pretty good.

        I am not familiar with Visulite cymbals but have heard good things...I have used their old acoustic drum conversions (yes - they used to make them) but they were junk IMHO.

        Drum Tech has some new cymbals coming out soon, not sure exactly when... Played them at NAMM and was impressed.

        There are some pics of Hart and DrumTech cymbals from my NAMM picture collection here: http://www.sepdrums.com/NAMM.html

        Erik

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        • #5
          My vote for best bang-for-the-buck is the Yamaha PCY80S: 2 sounds, chokeable, quiet, decent feel, and only about $60 new.

          Mike

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          • #6
            Thanks for the replies so far. One of the things that concerns me is having to use two inputs to get the same features (two sounds & chokable) the Roland pads have using only one input.

            How do the Hart and Yamaha products handle this? Do they require two inputs to get the features, or only one?

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            Reverend Poppy
            Reverend Poppy

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            • #7
              Hart cymbals require one input, when using the right input from the TD's.

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              szvook
              Studio

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              • #8
                I'm not sure about the Hart, but the Yamaha's require a single stereo input to handle the 2 zones and choke feature. If you add a PCY10 bell trigger you effectively get a 3 zone cymbal but then you need an extra input.

                Mike

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                • #9
                  Hart and Visu-lite chokables require only one input. You do loose the rim sound you get from the pd7/9 pads. Both Hart and Visu-lite rides require two inputs to access the bow and bell sounds. You can get the bell to sound with one input just not consistently, takes a hell of a whack to trigger it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BtnkBndt:
                    Hart and Visu-lite chokables require only one input. You do loose the rim sound you get from the pd7/9 pads. Both Hart and Visu-lite rides require two inputs to access the bow and bell sounds. You can get the bell to sound with one input just not consistently, takes a hell of a whack to trigger it.
                    Studio

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Reverend Poppy:
                      Thanks for the replies so far. One of the things that concerns me is having to use two inputs to get the same features (two sounds & chokable) the Roland pads have using only one input.

                      How do the Hart and Yamaha products handle this? Do they require two inputs to get the features, or only one?

                      I use TD-10 and I need to use the ride and aux1 input for Ecymbal II ride.

                      I will choose Harts product. (just my opinion).here is the reasons:

                      (1)cost effective.
                      (2)good looking
                      (3)realistic feeling



                      [This message has been edited by drummercat (edited April 04, 2001).]

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by szvook:
                        Works like a charm because you are actually using two of the twelve inputs of the TD-8. Aux11/12. Most would consider this loosing an input because they normally would split these to two seperate pads. You cannot trigger consistently only using the ride input. What I was saying is that if a piezo/fsr input is used it takes a good whack to trigger the bell/rim sound. I sometimes forget the TD-8 only has ten input jacks as compared to the TD-10's twelve.

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                          Studio

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                          • #14
                            Who is carrying the Hart ecymbal II line, and who has the best deals??

                            Are they as compatible with the DM Pro as they are with the td-8???

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                              Studio

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