These cymbals are extremely thin, unhammered, and intentionally warped in their shape. The reason for the water connotation is when they are struck the entire cymbal vibrates in such a way it resembles vibrations though water. The incredible feature is that the sound produced mimics the sound of a concert gong/tam-tam with only the fraction of the size and weight, which allows for easy mounting on cymbal stands. Because of their extreme thinness they are particularly responsive to hand/finger strokes and mallets. These cymbals are excellent for creating dramatic effects with a lightweight, easily transportable, and mountable instrument.