Classics Custom Extreme Metal Series Cymbals

by Michael Dawson

The original Classics Custom series comprises mid-priced B10-alloy splashes, crashes, Chinas, and rides in Medium and Powerful weights, all of which proved to be a good choice for rock and metal drummers. (For a complete review of those models, check out the June 2011 issue of MD.) Meinl recently added an entire lineup of extra-heavy Extreme Metal cymbals to the series, designed for increased volume, durability, and response in even more aggro playing styles.

All Extreme Metal cymbals are manufactured using computerized technology and are lathed from bell to edge. These models have a highly polished brilliant finish and feature a combination of shallow 1/4″ hammer marks and deep dime-size overhammering, which is said to help bring in a bit of trashiness to an otherwise bright and laser-focused sound.

From the Extreme Metal line, we were sent a 10″ splash; 14″ hi-hats; 16″, 17″, and 18″ crashes; an 18″ China; a 16″/18″ Stack Effect cymbal (crash over China); and a 20″ ride with a giant 8″ bell.  The complete review is in the June 2012 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.

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