I’m actually going to discuss something not related to drum sound this month. Working in this store for nearly 10 years, I’ve seen lots of badly pitted (dented) heads, broken heads, broken cymbals, etc. This article is dedicated to why drum gear gets damaged or broken and what can be done to prevent it.
When looking to buy your first drum kit or replace one you already have consider this: If your purchase involves cymbals, get good (read more expensive) ones, if they sound best to your ears. While you can do a lot to change the way a drum sounds (head selection, tuning, muffling, etc.) you can do very little to change a cymbal’s sound in a positive way. Sure, you could put tape on them or something but that would probably just make you like the cymbal less.