da skunk wrote:biggest trick is not to break them . it's tough but i learned the trick. set your cymbals uo with a slant towrds you and towrds the bass drum . this will make the crash on the left slnt to you and to the right and on the cymbal on the right slant it to you and to the left. this basically makes evry hit a glance instead of a hit that compresses the cymbal into itself
Well said! The trick really is to make sure that your stick is not striking the edge of the cymbal only. The bow and tip of your stick should be striking the bow of the cymbal. In order to save your cymbals you will have to adjust your technique!
If you are hitting the edge of the cymbal with the side of the stick you will break the cymbals over and over again. This causes to much deflection in the metal, and after some hard hits in the same location the metal's tensile strength diminishes until it can't rebound properly and cracks. The number of hits it takes varies obviously by the amount of force, weight of the stick, angle of the strike and cymbal density--but you get the picture-- this technique is cymbal destruction.