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  • Cymbal Spring Question

    Hey, Ive had my V-Pro kit for a while now, and I play it on and off. I love the sounds, but my wrists do start to hurt after playing. I blame this partially on my playing technique and I think I could hit a tad less hard, but I also suspect it may be the hard rubber pads. I've had an Aquarian Cymbal Spring (yellow) laying around and tonight I tried to use it on one of the cymbal pads.

    I ran into a few problems, and Im wondering if anyone can tell me about their experiences with the cymbal springs on the PD-9s.

    My worries are, that when I tried to attach the cymbal spring to the pad, I had to take the rubber protector rings off and I couldnt use the top part. After I stripped it down, I could slide the cymbal spring most of the way into the PD-9 (where the cymbal stand would normally go), but not all of it would go in, and when I tightened it I was tightening it at the very tip of the cymbal spring (inside the PD-9 mount). Maybe Im being paranoid about the care of both the pad and the cymbal spring, but Im just wondering if this is the same situation you've run into, with the spring not fitting all the way in and such.

    My other worry is attaching the cymbal spring to the cymbal mount. When I did my test I just screwed the screw onto the threaded part (thinnest) of the mount, but it was not very stable (seemed like it could rotate easily) and I was worried about the thread being damaged. Am I overly cautious here as well.

    Thanks again.

    -Jarek.

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    Re: Cymbal Spring Question

    Originally posted by lethic
    My other worry is attaching the cymbal spring to the cymbal mount. When I did my test I just screwed the screw onto the threaded part (thinnest) of the mount, but it was not very stable (seemed like it could rotate easily) and I was worried about the thread being damaged. Am I overly cautious here as well.
    You have right to worry. That will definately mess up the threads on your spring.

    The pain is more than likely causes be playing to hard on a hard rubber surface. You really should look at some of the new cymbal pads to replace your pd-9's. The cy-6's will run from $75 to $100 and will improve your feel greatly. I really play hard, these might not hold up. Then you would need to look at some sturdier models.

    If you get the cymbals, don't over-tighten them. The need to sway a little. Make sure you are playing with a glancing blow, and not trying to push your stick "thru" the pad. Bad technique is often the cause of pain. Your body is telling you to stop. Listen to it.

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    • #3
      When I was using PD-7 and 9's for cymbals I had the same problem. I lowered the pads down some to almost simulate the swing through feel. It seemed to help a lot. Now I use the V-cymbals and love the feel. The CY-6 does not swing as nice as the high end models but it is still better then the PD. I have a theory on the CY-6 cymbal problem that everyone talks about and that is that people are using bad technique and causing the damage by drive the stick into the rim part of the trigger. Playing the pads horizontal with no tilt there for driving the rim trigger into the pad trigger. I have one and have had no problems but the church has 2 where 1 has the choking problem and that is what caused it on the churches CY-6.
      Ted H.

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      • #4
        are you accusing me of bad technique?

        I have plenty of tilt on my cymbals and plenty of swing. I never play "thru" them and the choking problem happened to me. I think they are just not very durable. I now am using hart ecymbals with sound off mufflers attached. I play pretty hard.
        Last edited by animal; 07-02-02, 05:55 AM.

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        • #5
          Not accusing anybody it is just what happen to the set at church and I saw this happening and now there is a choking problem. I always thought I was a pretty hard hitter but I must not be.( I broke Easton sticks on my TD-7 regularly so regular that I went back to wood) They maybe a little cheaper made then the rest but they are only $65 and you beat on it. I think they are still a good deal for the money, although I think I would only use it for a splash instead of a crash.(Not enough swing for me)
          Ted H.

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          • #6
            I used to play acoustics with DC-10's and Quantum 7000 marching sticks. Broke the Quantum's in a soundcheck right after I bought them.

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