I bought this China used in a 20" at Guitar Center for half price of a new one. Buying a new one would be worth it if you don't have one. I plan on buying another one in an 18" so I get some more sounds. Great Quality. It is the greatest China I've heard and am very impressed.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I do not own any china cymbal yet, but this is one I will definitely consider buying! My friend owns this one, and when I first tried it out, I thought: "WOW! This is the perfect China sound!" I am 90% sure I will buy this and if this can help anyone out there, it is a great china. My friend has had it for a year and a half and it hasn't cracked yet.
This china is by far the best china I have ever used, perfect decay, loud crisp attack, and just a beautiful cymbal over all. My one problem was that it is rather quite so in a situation where you are not mic'd it may be a bit shy.
I got the 16" 4 months ago and it got a two inch crack from one blow during a song with my band. If you hit your cymbals hard, do not get this, unless you are willing to spend $ every four months on a new one. That being said, while it lasted, it was my favorite cymbal on the kit.
It is a great cymbal. I love mine and I would suggest it to anyone. It is really trashy but still has some ringing overtones that can be eliminated with some tape and cranking it down on the stand. (I'm in it just for the trash). It is a great addition to a drumset for any level.
Yes, perfection is a word to describe this cymbal. From live gigs to the studio, this china does it all with amazing sound. I own the 18" AAX China and I love it. It blends very well with my HHX 20" china and my Hand Hammered 22" china (great cymbals as well). It is by far the best 18" china that I have ever played on. If you buy it, your dreams of a perfect china cymbal will come to life.
This Chinese is so awesome! It's super loud, so you won't have a problem hearing it and it has a nice trashy musical sound. I LOVE MINE! I recommend this chinese to anyone who is interested in getting a chinese.