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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 12:47 PM

About Our Playback Cymbals

these are two byzance series 16 inch medium thin crashes which didn't pass our quality control
here you can see how the two of them are glued together to mute their sound

i recently read on a drummerforum about a drummer who had a tv appearance with his band. it was a playback gig and all the gear he used there has been supplied by the tv station. the drums were covered with muting pads. for cymbals they gave him a set which consisted of a hihat, crash, and ride. each of them were two meinl byzance glued together to achieve a muted cymbal sound.

he further said that it seemed completely absurd to him to sacrifice these beautiful byzance cymbals for that reason. he actually said he would have loved to get the original ones and use a set of lower-line cymbals for muted-sounding playback cymbals.

i totally agree with him.

however, what he doesn't know is that the byzance cymbals we use for making playback cymbals are the ones which didn't pass our quality control. since byzance cymbals are entirely made by hand, some of them don't sound or look the way they are supposed to. we would melt them down and entirely recycle the bronze anyways. we never would use byzance cymbals which passed quality control and glue them together to make muted sounding tv cymbals.

thought i let you know what the deal is in case you happen to play such cymbals somewhere too.

- norbert

Norbert Saemann

Norbert Saemann

With Meinl since 1990. International A&R, Event Management and Marketing

2 responses to "About Our Playback Cymbals"

henry posted on Sep 29, 2010 - 21:51 PM


tosch posted on Sep 30, 2010 - 22:54 PM

Very interesting. I always wondered how they achieve that drumsets don\'t seem to produce any sound in such playback situations. I mean, you have the audience sitting there and actually watching you playing the set but there is no noise coming from it...since you can mute almost any harmonic instrument or mic, I\'ve always wanted to know how that equally works for accoustic drumsets. Thanks Norbert for the explanation!

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