B20 Quality at a B8 Price – Wuhan Crash Ride
The 18″ Wuhan Crash Ride cymbal is a gem I discovered a few years back during an exhausting hunt high quality at an affordable price. And actually, before that, I first used Wuhan cymbals back in 2005. Back then I used their S-Series and rock weighted cymbals, both of which have been discontinued. I liked them a lot as well. But back to the Wuhan crash ride. I had tried other many other brands. I’ve used the Zildjian K Custom dark crash, Zildjian Avedis crash, Sabian Pro crash, MCS crash ride, Zildjian Pitch Black crash ride, and also an 18″ Stagg Black Metal crash.
Man, I didn’t realize I had gone through all those. I included both crashes and crash rides in that list because although the Wuhan crash ride can be used as a ride, and very suitably, I have mainly used it as just a crash. I don’t know that it has quite the ping quality to use it as a stand-alone ride (at least not for rock music). But as a crash, wow!!! Out of the list above, only one cymbal matches the sound quality of the Wuhan Crash Ride. That cymbal would be the Zildjian K Custom dark crash. That’s right, the most expensive one on the list is the only one that I can accurately compare with the Wuhan crash ride. To my ears, and to anyone else who has heard the Wuhan Crash Ride, it sounds just as good as the K Custom, and at a fraction of the price.
I ended up trading my Wuhan crash ride for the K Custom crash just so I could sell it and buy another Wuhan. I pocketed nearly $100. The only possible thing about the Wuhan crash ride that might be of concern is the weight. It’s a bit lighter than a rock crash, which I’m more accustomed to. But the fact that it’s a crash ride gives it more weight than the regular Wuhan crash models. And I haven’t cracked one yet! But even if I did, the low price means I could afford a brand new replacement Wuhan crash ride cymbal every year.
Wuhan Crash Ride Sound File Comparisons coming soon.
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