Frankly I'm tied of hearing about Zildjian
's so called secret formula. There is no Zildjian
secret formula, it's pure myth... it's simply a marketing tactic.
Any first year student knows different metals have different heat co efficiencies (Melting Points). this is the temperature at which the metal flows best and amalgamates with other metals. It's simple 5th grade science, it's called "Metallurgy"
. And by the way... any metallurgist can tell in minites the exact percentages of any alloy... So there can be no secrets, right? It ain't rocket science.
Jessssss... I'm starting to believe in that other Myth... you know the one... "all drummers a little slow to catch on".
But like I said there's nothing like a good old secret formula for business... (look what Kernel Sanders Secret Herbs & Spices did for Kentucky Fried Chicken).
These Myths are dreamed up by the back room marketing boys, to fire up the imagination of a few ignoramuses who then foolishly perpetuate the rumor... Zildjian
loves this stuff, it creates a mystique perception around the brand, and they sell more cymbals.
But lets be sensible and analyze the facts:
Is the Zildjian
Secret Formula true or false?... No it's a myth (false) pure BS.
improved over the years?... I certainly hope so, they needed to that's for sure.
Are there better sounding
cymbals out there?... Unquestionably.
What are the Brand Names of better sounding cymbals?... It's a matter of taste, preference & personal opinion.
And here's mine:
There is literally hundreds of small workshops in Turkey hand beating cymbals in the same way the Selcuk artisans did hundreds of years ago. Although most of them sound rubbishy... there are one or two that just simply "Get It" and they sound amazingly balanced
(Key Words there guys).
However you have to be prepared to sift though them to find the gems. But in my opinion it's well worth the trip... especially if you intend fitting out your kit with new cymbals.
The trick is to start with a ride cymbal you really love (make sure it's a true pitch) use a set of pitch pipes as reference... then choose your other cymbals, making sure they all harmonize with each other, and also with your chosen ride, because that's your reference.
It's really that simple folks... I used to take small groups (3-4) through the back streets of Istanbul and surrounding towns, doing exactly that...
But now I have other distractions.