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Meinl HCS China Cymbal 16 in.

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HCS cymbals provide quality sounds at entry level prices.

The Meinl HCS China Cymbal projects an explosive, brash and bright attack with deep, dark and trashy undertones.

HCS cymbals are Meinl's entry level cymbal line that combines quality and value. The cymbals are made from MS63 alloy for a warm, harmonic and balanced sound. They offer the best possible sounds at an affordable price.

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MeinlHCS China Cymbal
 
4.2

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright sound (17)
  • Responsive feel (11)
  • Explosive attack (10)
  • Focused crash (5)
  • Full crash (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (8)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Soundtracks (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Novice (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A China from Germany?!

Holy china!! I could not be more happy with this purchase. I bought the 16" china. It has a low and dark tone and fades fast and yet it has...Read complete review

Holy china!! I could not be more happy with this purchase. I bought the 16" china. It has a low and dark tone and fades fast and yet it has somewhat of a brilliant sound to it. Its everything a china should be: Trashy, and quick. It's great for metal, death metal, accents, and breakdowns. Also has a great bell. It's simple yet colorful and dark yet bright. UNDERSTAND?! Enjoy your new MEINL China!!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very Unique Cymbal

I just ordered this cymbal the other day. Paying as little as I did, I didn't expect the best. However, when I got it in the mail and threw it on a cymbal...Read complete review

I just ordered this cymbal the other day. Paying as little as I did, I didn't expect the best. However, when I got it in the mail and threw it on a cymbal mount I was quite surprised with it's tone. The attack sounds very much like a normal china cymbal but the wash is fairly gong sounding. Adds a different feel to the drumset, unique. Althouh what I did do was spent about 5 minutes beating the snot out of in the hopes to loosen up any tension and brightness on the cymbal to make it trashier. I must say, I was surprised how well the thing held up. And the good thing is, it resulted in a successful alter to the sound. Great work Meinl on making an impressively durable and unique cymbal. I would like to add, this cymbal overall doesn't have the iconic china sound. It's closer to a combination of a crash and a gong. So be weary if you're looking for a trashy fast decay sound.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A China from Germany?!

By JERIC0

from Helena, MT

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Bright Sound
  • Explosive Attack
  • Focused Crash
  • Full Crash
  • Responsive Feel

Cons

  • Nothing at all

Best Uses

  • Accents
  • Breakdowns
  • Death Metal
  • Metal

Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

Holy china!! I could not be more happy with this purchase. I bought the 16" china. It has a low and dark tone and fades fast and yet it has somewhat of a brilliant sound to it. Its everything a china should be: Trashy, and quick. It's great for metal, death metal, accents, and breakdowns. Also has a great bell. It's simple yet colorful and dark yet bright. UNDERSTAND?! Enjoy your new MEINL China!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Decent for the price

By Woody-Z0ElQ

from North Country, New York

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Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

I personally would choose this over any other cymbal. The HCS line has been good to me thus far and hasn't broke the wallet. If your to go any cheaper your going to be buying Wuhans and they're hit and miss as I said before. With Zilg your buying the name not the product is what i believe.
Not as loud as it should be but for small venues its perfect. Anything larger then a bar your probably going to be using cymbal mics anyway.
Durable for sure. I beat my cymbals relentlessly hasn't dented or cracked actually sounds better then when I pulled it out of the box. Takes a little bit to get it broken in.
For the price you pay this thing is perfect. I bought the 18in and i love it, I'll probably buy it again if it breaks maybe go up a size. Your next step down would probably be a Wuhan and they are hit and miss.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So good, I bought a second one!

By RustwireDrummer

from New York

Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

I got the 12 inch one free with my Tama Imperialstar kit, and I loved it! It was starting to crack, so I got a 16 inch one and OH MY GAWD talk about a great cymbal for the money! Very powerful and trashy, excellent for metal drummers to ride against or for other drummers as an effect.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good Sound, but Chips Easily

By GnarlyNachos

from San Jose, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Bright Sound
  • Explosive Attack
  • Responsive Feel

Cons

  • Chips Easily

Best Uses

  • Practice

Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

I like the sound, although it chips SUPER easy, the first chip on the cymbal came in my first month using it. It's good for practice but I would not recommend it for gigs.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

excellent product and price, will buy again

By scyoung

from jacksonville, fl

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Bright Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment

    Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

    It works good, I am learning and meets my needs.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is the bomb

    By Bullets and broadheads

    from Staunton va

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Bright Sound
    • Explosive Attack
    • Responsive Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

        This cymbal is my favorite cymbal I own and I own a lot

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        China is moving up

        By Boomer

        from Las Vegas, NV

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Range

        Cons

        • Too Cheap

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

        Great Range

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This Cymbal Sounds Great

        By TAMAdrummer123

        from Tennessee

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        Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

        I got a 16 inch meinl HCS china and it sounds great for how cheap it was. I use it a lot and am thinking about getting an 18 inch one. I am hoping they last along time.

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Save your money.

        By Da Drumma-0Dcyy

        from SO CAL

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

        This cymbal is so horrible the only way i can describe it is this... IT SUCKS. It is not a single bit trashy or dark. If you want a good cymbal do NOT get this. I made that mistake and i played it once and now I'm gonna sell it. My suggestion... go buy a Zildjian ZHT or ZBT or maybe even a Sabian one. I also heard Wuhan makes BEAST chinas. Trust me. It sounds like a trash can lid... and not the beastly kind of trash can lid. The kind that has rust and is wet and stuff. Another drawback is that it is REALLY quiet. My SUPER muffled bass is about twice as loud as the cymbal. Again, DO NOT BUY. HOWEVER, if you are a beginning drummer who started 3 days ago with some kinda nameless drumset... I recommend for learning purposes. (Honestly)

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Ehh...

        By Whyenrique

        from Chandler

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        Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

        I bought this cymbal thinking it was going to be really really awesome but it not all that great but, however its not bad it doesnt really give you that trashy shound but more of a riding crash type thing and its not very loud. If you are looking for that trashy breakdown sound i would go with the wuhan china with rivets.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Just an awful cymbal.

        By Rabid Biscuit

        from Helena, MT

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        Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

        This cymbal came "free" with my Tama Imperial Star. I can see why - nobody in their right mind would BUY one. It sounds nothing like a china. It's quiet, shallow, and has no sustain (although even good chinas don't really have a sustain...). Don't waste your money.

         
        2.0

        not cheap enough to barely qualify as a china boy

        By NN

        from the woods

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Not Responsive

          Best Uses

            Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

            15$ less than the aqazarian = get the aqazarians.

             
            4.0

            Cool effects cymbal

            By Dwils119

            from Indianapolis, IN

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Small Venues

              Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

              Wasn't sure how I'd feel about a 12" China until I got this one. If you like effects cymbals, this would be a solid pickup.

               
              3.0

              Very Unique Cymbal

              By Eh, lets's go with Derk

              from WI

              About Me Novice

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Bright Sound
              • Explosive Attack
              • Focused Crash

              Cons

              • Rings

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • School Bands

              Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

              I just ordered this cymbal the other day. Paying as little as I did, I didn't expect the best. However, when I got it in the mail and threw it on a cymbal mount I was quite surprised with it's tone. The attack sounds very much like a normal china cymbal but the wash is fairly gong sounding. Adds a different feel to the drumset, unique. Althouh what I did do was spent about 5 minutes beating the snot out of in the hopes to loosen up any tension and brightness on the cymbal to make it trashier. I must say, I was surprised how well the thing held up. And the good thing is, it resulted in a successful alter to the sound. Great work Meinl on making an impressively durable and unique cymbal. I would like to add, this cymbal overall doesn't have the iconic china sound. It's closer to a combination of a crash and a gong. So be weary if you're looking for a trashy fast decay sound.

               
              4.0

              Not too shabby

              By Morgan

              from Millersburg, OH

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Bright Sound
              • Explosive Attack

              Cons

              • Flat Sound

              Best Uses

              • Small Venues

              Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

              So I had some very high hopes for this China and was pretty surprised.

              I play in a post hardcore band and before I have used a zildjian 18 china and a 12 inch wuhan china

              im gonna compare it to the Wuhan china cymbal as a reference because they are both in the same price range.

              with the meinl it had a very dry attack but very full sounding. As in it has a lot of resonance so and sounded almost ringy from up close. when you are listening from the audience perspective it is on point, which is the most important thing so thumbs up meinl. the Wuhan was about as dry as the sahara desert and only sounded good just beating the crud out of it not a lot of tonality. both cymbals seem to be pretty fragile but the meinl seems like it will hold up longer. btw the meinl is not very loud and could easily blend into the music too much if all of your cymbals are much louder accordingly.

              overall very pleased by it and would recommend it especially at that price range.

               
              5.0

              I would buy this again

              By Enrique

              from Matthews, NC

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Bright Sound
              • Explosive Attack

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

                  I love this cymbal. It's a great cymbal to use when you're just starting drums.

                   
                  5.0

                  Good sound

                  By colt

                  from New London, IA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Bright Sound
                  • Explosive Attack
                  • Focused Crash
                  • Full Crash
                  • Responsive Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Small Venues
                    • Soundtracks

                    Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

                    best use ifs for heavy music

                     
                    5.0

                    NICE

                    By Peggy

                    from St. Augustine, Fl.

                    About Me Experienced

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Bright Sound
                    • Responsive Feel

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Personal use

                      Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

                      I purchased the 18" HCS China Symbol.I was looking to add some symbols to my home kit for practice.
                      It has good sound. this purchase was what I wanted for my needs.

                       
                      5.0

                      I LOVE THIS CHINA CYMBAL!

                      By ANTONIO BARRERA (PATO KNOX)

                      from LAREDO, TX

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Bright Sound
                      • Explosive Attack
                      • Full Crash
                      • Responsive Feel

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

                          I PLAY TRASH METAL AND THE SOUND IS VERY BRIGHT! FAST, AND SUSTAINED!

                           
                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again

                          By Big Al

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Bright Sound
                          • Responsive Feel

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Accompaniment

                            Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

                            Great china cymbal for the price! Nice Sound!!

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