Monday, November 25, 2013
Some things are worth paying more for: Percussion
For Paulus at Silk Road Rising, the director had an idea to create a theatrical moment out of falling coins with actors in the wings using finger cymbols. He sent me an email suggesting it late in the rehearsal process and included a link to a novelty site where some could be purchased for $1.25 each.
I placed the order, and they showed up looking like this, and sounded exactly as bad as they should have for the price.
No matter how we tried, we couldn't get the cheap flat metal to make anything resembling the nice loud ring we were imagining.
After crunching some budget numbers I decided to give up the cheap cymbals as money gone and lesson learned. I purchased these real finger cymbals at a local music store. They were $20 for 2 pairs, 10x the amount of the cheap ones, but worth every penny in making an effective theatrical moment.