O.K. so its not really gold, but lacquered steel - it looks good with cymbals! It has a very pleasing cowbell sound (Midrange) not too bright, but cutting enough in the drum kit. It does the job admirably, without becoming annoying even when played for a long time. Looks excellent, sounds excellent, very well manufactured.
somehow I feel meinl have missed the point with the cowbell sound. Perhaps I shouldn't compare it against my LP ES4 salsa bell (which sounds short and dry) but the Meinl rings like a church bell with sustaining overtone and doesn't seem to fit in well. I've abraded it all over and I'm probably going to let it go rusty - to see if it helps. I don't like the side welds - the beads sit on top of the surface. I'm sure they are well penetrated, but looks like the weld process could be improved
I use this beater in my hand percussion set up. It´s mounted over a wood block from Pearl, and it works great when played with hand! Simple, but solid construction. You can also use it with cow bell etc. The beater ball is made from hard plastic and the rod is adjustable in length. Gives a nice "clacking" sound when hitting the block. I tried to make a similar invention myself, but it never worked as well as I wanted. This one does!
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