"We have all either heard it or produced it ourselves at one time or another. What locks the cymbals together like that and prevents the beautiful crash we really wanted? To understand this phenomenon we have to understand how a cymbal crash is properly produced, as well as what happens when cymbals lock together to produce that ugly thud."
Check out this excellent information on ensuring a quality cymbal crash from an April 2000 Percussive Notes article.
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