Cymbal Alloys

There comes a time in every drummer’s career when they need to customise their kit with something special to give them a new sound that they can truly call their own. Choosing the components carefully you will be able to create your own style of music, your own sound and hopefully make the big time. Your choice of cymbal plays a huge role in determining your personal sound, but why do so many cymbals sound so different?

There are four main types of cymbal alloys that make up the huge plethora of cymbals you see and hear today. Of these four main cymbal alloys, certain manufacturing methods, along with the materials used to manufacture the cymbals make up the reason why they can often sound so different. Not taking the size of the cymbals into equation, they sound different because of their materials and structure.

Bell Bronze Cymbals

These types of cymbals, which are also commonly called bell metal, are used in the majority of orchestras and large kits due to their wide dynamic range when compared to other types of cymbal. Manufactured mainly from one part tin to two parts copper, these cymbals are known to be harder than many other cymbals and are often hand-made, as the hardening effect of the alloys means that they can be troublesome to produce using mechanised equipment.

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