The Professional Drummer Mike McCraw


While it would be easy to just state that many of my favorite drummers play Zildjian, it would be true but that isn’t quite it.  My first cymbals were Zildjians, a 21″ Rock ride, 16″ Thin Crash and a pair of 14″ New Beat Hi hats.  The 1970s Avedis Zildjians were the cymbals heard on most recordings at the time and I like the way that they play; they aren’t buttery or mushy.  I have some real prize Zildjians and have nothing against other brands; they are nice too!

I just prefer Zildjians – it’s the sound that I hear in my head!

Zildjian cymbals