Meinl 18" Byzance Brilliant China Cymbal
I knew Meinl had become a serious name in cymbal making the minute I heard their 18 inch Byzance Brilliant China. It has a very mature sound with depth often lacking from China cymbals. The cymbal has a full-bodied sound and sustain with enough "trash" to sound like a China cymbal. It’s also perfectly weighted to produce a bright sound and the brilliant finish adds additional brightness. It has a relatively high pitch that will cut through and ensemble and has enough body to provide thickness to the texture.
Meinl cymbals have become very popular with metal drummers, but this cymbal is actually versatile enough to use in almost any genre a china cymbal would be appropriate for. Like most China cymbals, it has the traditional design with the inverted bell and up-turned edge. This is a very well made cymbal and is very durable while priced similar to the other high-end cymbals on our list.