- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 06 December 2010
Meinl's MB10 series is made from B10 bronze, which means 90% copper and 10% tin. The high copper content results in a bright sound, and although high copper content usually gives the cymbal a more reddish color, the MB10's look like B20.
- Manufacturer Line: MB10
- Type: Crash
- Style: Medium
- Alloy: B10 - CuSn10 - 90% Copper, 10% Tin
- Diameter: 20"
- Metal Work: CNC Hammered, CNC Lathed, Brilliant Finish
- Weight: 4 Pounds
- MSRP: $460 USA; Street Price $250
The close-up photo below shows that the bell is not hammered or lathed, and the lathing on the main surface is very fine, shallow, and very close together. This can only be accomplished by CNC machining. The hammering is barely visible, and part of the reason for this is that the process of making a cymbal in the "Brilliant" finish involves an abrasive that removes metal. However, this is taken into account when the raw cymbal is prepared, so that the desired sound is obtained once the cymbal has been polished with the abrasive.
The spectrum has peaks at 500 Hz, 1.6 kHz, and 3-4 kHz, with a slow decline to 50 kHz. The decay is uniform from 300 Hz up to the high frequency limit. The sound of the crash is very sharp and will cut through loud guitar amp stacks. It could be used for classic rock or metal. It also rides very well.
The crash peaks at 0.2 seconds, which is what I would expect in a medium weight cymbal of this diameter.
Click HERE to listen to an audio sample, which will include crash (when appropriate), ride, and bell sounds (these are 24 bit, 176.4 kHz wav files, so be sure your sound card is capable of handling these high resolution sound files).