Posted: Oct 13, 2008 5:21 pm
There are a few things you can do about a cracked cymbal to that, while not fixing it, may extend its life. Take it to Jason Hatcher at the Memphis Drum Shop and have him drill holes at both ends of the crack. This MAY prevent it from spreading.
The number one reason cymbals crack is actually from putting them on stands where the cymbal is touching bare metal. Metal on metal+friction= bad idea. Purchasing a good set of cymbal stands, or carrying around extra cymbal sleeves like these URL
will greatly extend the life of your cymbals.
I would also highly suggest not sharing cymbals. They are cirular discs you hit with a wooden stick. The nature of the instrument, combined with the cost, is enough to make anyone upset when it eventually cracks. Its better to know you did it than suspect someone else did and resent them for it.
Learning proper cymbal striking techniques is my final suggestion. You may be doing it correctly, you may not. But its best to learn if you're wanting to avoid buying new cymbals often.
FINAL SUGGESTION: Do not shop at Guitar Center. It is staffed by halfwits who may or not be familiar with the instrument they're trying to sell you. Find a local shop with an educated and respectable staff. Anyone buying drum stuff in Memphis who isn't going to the Memphis Drum Shop is just and idiot. If you live out of town, google "Five Star Drum Shops" and see if there's one near you.