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Band And Orchestra Cymbals
By Percussion Source
3/11/2016 11:11:00 AM  
Orchestra/Concert Band Hand Cymbals are matched pairs that have a lower profile and are lighter in weight in order to offer immediate response at varying dynamics and a full range of overtones. Marching Band Cymbals are matched pairs which achieve excellent projection with a higher profile and heav Read more...

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Gain Some Distance, Get Better Sounds!
By Tony Oliver
2/19/2016 10:54:00 AM  
Plink plink plink, tap tap tap, boom boom boom, crash crash crash, ding ding ding. Sounds good to me, but does it sound good to them? As we maintain our percussion instruments, by tuning or dampening or otherwise adjusting them to get the perfect sound, we often listen to them from only the player&r Read more...

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Tags: Instrument choices, sound
Categories: Accessories, Sticks & Mallets, Concert Percussion, Cymbals & Gongs, Drumsets, Marching Percussion, World Percussion
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Cymbal Anatomy
By Percussion Source
7/29/2014 11:11:00 AM  
There are several aspects that affect the sound of a cymbal. Bell Size- Cymbals with larger bells generally produce more overtones and greater volume than cymbals with smaller bells. Weight – Weight greatly affect the volume, articulation, and overall sound and power of a cymbal. Thinner mod Read more...

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Cymbal Weights, French, Viennese, German
By Adam Balling
7/28/2014 11:11:00 AM  
French cymbals are light and thin that speaks quickly and have little sustain. Viennese cymbals are of medium weight and thickness. They produce a full sound, moderate response and sustain. Germanic cymbals are thicker and heavier than Viennese cymbals. Germanic cymbals produce a full sound with s Read more...

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Gooseneck vs Standard Cymbal Stand
By Adam Balling
7/27/2014 11:11:00 AM  
Used for suspended cymbal playing, the Gooseneck cymbal stand completely suspends the cymbal by hanging from a strap.  This eliminates the cymbal from resting on felt like it would on a traditional cymbal stand.  By using a Gooseneck cymbal stand, the cymbals are able to vibrate to its ful Read more...

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PASIC 2013
By Adam Balling
11/1/2013 10:49:00 AM  
It's that time of year again! Percussion Source will be headed to Indianapolis again for this year’s Percussive Arts Society International Convention. The convention this year runs from November 12th to November 17th and feature great concerts, clinics, and the world famous expo! We are Read more...

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Categories: Accessories, Sticks & Mallets, Concert Percussion, Cymbals & Gongs, Drumsets, Marching Percussion, Music, Software & Electronics, World Percussion
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Natural vs Brilliant Finished Cymbals
By Percussion Source
5/2/2013 11:11:00 AM  
Brilliant finish cymbals are machine buffed and then hand polished to a smooth, bright, and shiny look. Natural finish cymbals are neither buffed nor polished, remaining instead in their natural state. The sound between Natural and Brilliant cymbals differs only slightly. The slight tonal difference Read more...

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Chau, Wind, Opera, Tiger Gongs
By Adam Balling
4/11/2013 11:11:00 AM  
Chau Gongs- These gongs are the standard choice for most symphonic ensembles.  Low fundamental and powerful wash of sound lends this style of gong to the main body of literature. Typically, 30”-40” gongs are typically used for the standard orchestral and band literature, smaller gon Read more...

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Almglocken And Thai Gong Notation
By Adam Balling
10/25/2012 11:11:00 AM  
Almglocken and Thai gongs have a different notation then what is starndard. Please be careful when ordering specific pitches. Standard Music Notation is that Middle C (C4) = C1 Almglocken.  So if you have a ‘F4’, bottom space on treble clef that would be ‘F1 Almglocken’. Read more...

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Sheet Cymbals vs Cast Cymbals
By Adam Balling
6/21/2012 11:11:00 AM  
Sheet Cymbals are pre-formed discs cut from a sheet of metal with a uniform thickness. Precision hammering and shaping pummel the cymbal discs, loosening the structure, giving the plate its distinctive tone. These cymbals are great for entry level cymbals due to their great value. Cast Cymbals are Read more...

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