The “Cymbalic” Myth Buster: The Quiz

How much do you really know about cymbals? Do you know the facts from fiction, the reality from the myths? Take this simple 10-question quiz to find out your “Cymbalic” IQ.

1. Good cymbals are made of:

a. brass
b. bronze
c. aluminum
d. kryptonite

2. The best alloy for cymbals is:

a. 80% copper, 20% tin
b. 92% copper, 8% tin
c. 50% copper, 50% tin
d. aluminum

3. A large bell produces:

a. great tacos
b. more overtones
c. fewer overtones
d. a “sizzle”

4. A heavier cymbal produces:

a. a higher pitch
b. a lower pitch
c. more cholesterol
d. headaches

5. Compared to “machine-hammered” cymbals, “hand-hammered” cymbals sound:

a. strange
b. no different
c. higher & more “cutting”
d. lower & more “blending”

6. The higher the “profile”:

a. the more famous the cymbal
b. the duller the sound
c. the higher the pitch
d. the lower the pitch

7. An orchestral player never wants to hear this sound:

a. flam
b. sizzle
c. air pocket
d. scrape (zischen)

8. Most orchestral players hold their cymbals with:

a. a friend
b. straps with pads
c. straps without pads
d. the conductor

9. “Brilliant” finish is administered by:

a. heated wax
b. high-pressure buffing
c. a secret formula

10. Which TWO cymbals are “heavy”?

a. German
b. Viennese
c. drum corps
d. marching band

For solutions and detailed explanations, click here.

About the author

Dennis DeLucia

Dennis DeLucia is a percussion teacher, arranger, clinician and judge. A former member of the West Point Band, he is best known for his successes with championship corps and bands. He has been inducted into three of the major Halls of Fame: Drum Corps International, WGI Sport of the Arts and the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.