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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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  • MS63 Alloy
  • Specially matched
  • Outstanding quality
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MeinlHCS China Cymbal
 
4.2

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

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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4.0

Cool effects cymbal

By Dwils119

from Indianapolis, IN

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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.

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          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!

                (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.

                 
                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!!

                   
                  4.0

                  I would recommend this to a friend

                  By Big Al

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Bright Sound
                  • Responsive Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment

                    Comments about Meinl HCS China Cymbal:

                    Great cymbal for the price!! Very nice sound!

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