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cymbals?loyal to one brand,or mix&match?

Posted: April 12th, 2004, 9:41pm
by dugdrummer
the thought came to mind today as i was practicing,after purchasing a zildjan 17' a custom projection crash, i'm finally getting my cymbal sound where i want it.over the last couple months i've been replacing the ones that weren't working. the 17' replaced a sabian 16'aax studio crash,and so on..when i bought the originals i tried to get the best cymbals for the i'm finding that 5 out of 7 are zildjan...and once i replace the hats it will be 6 of 7...not just for brand loyalty they just work for me.....

my set-up consists of.....

17' zil a custom projection crash
16' zil a custom projection crash
16' zil a thin crash
8'&10' zil a extra thin splashes
14' paiste 802 hi-hats (not for long :wink: )
21' sabian aax stage ride

your thoughts....your cymbal set-ups 8)

Posted: April 13th, 2004, 6:33am
by Patrick
Zildjian A 14" New Beat Hi-Hats
Zildjian A 16" Medium Thin Crash
Zildjian A 22" Rock Ride
Paiste Sig. 17' Full Crash

Posted: April 13th, 2004, 8:00am
by jmichael
Mines mixed and matched now, but I'm leaning towards more Sabian's.
Just seem to like the uniqueness of the sound on the ones I've played.
How do you like your AAX Ride?


16" medium thin Zildjian crash
18" Sabian AAX crash (actually went to buy a Zildjian, tried this one and was sold right away)
20" flat-top Zildjian ride
14" New Beat Zildjian hihats
20" Sabian China
6" Zildjian zil-bel
-- a couple cracked Paiste Soundedge hihats on a stand and a bell from an old Zildjian hihat. Nice, trashy sound.

Posted: April 13th, 2004, 8:07am
by girlthatdrums
i'm a brand whore. but they sound the best, imho.

14" zildjian vintage reissue hi-hats
17" a. zildjian thin crash
20" a custom zildjian ride
16" a. zildjian crash (circa 70s)

and sometimes

6" a custom zildjian splash
22" a. zildjian china boy low

Posted: April 13th, 2004, 9:44am
by dugdrummer
jmichael wrote:How do you like your AAX Ride?

i like it a lot.. i had a21' paiste sig sereies power ride a few years ago which got sold along with my kit :cry: that was the best ride i ever had.i bought it off a friend for $90..what a steal! never should have sold it..$300+ to replace...not gonna happen :D

Posted: April 13th, 2004, 10:43am
by theonlyone
people should be forced to buy cymbals with a blindfold on, so they only get what they hear not what the see.

20" A custom med ride (brilliant)
14" New Beat Hi Hats
16" A Med Crash
18" K Custom Dark Med Thin Crash
10" A Custom Splash (brilliant)
20" Paiste 602 (1976), only used for jazz

Posted: April 13th, 2004, 11:34am
by Dubhear
I went with Sabian almost from their inception because they're simply more customer service oriented and innovative than the competition... I've also found their cymbals to sound better, probably because they'll make me whatever I want no matter how bizarre it may be! For a while I was playing Sabians with a richer nickel-silver mix that were actually silver-colored. No other company would have done that for me.

14" AA Rock Hats
14" HH Duo Hats (yes I use 2 hats on my kit and no double-bass)
12" ProSonix Splash
16" AA Rock Crash
14" AA Extra Thin Crash
19" AAX Dark Crash
10" HH Duo Splash
20" AA Rock Crash
20" HH Manhattan Ride
8" Pro Splash
18" AA Flat China

Posted: April 13th, 2004, 12:55pm
by craiggers
I have a Paiste/Zildjian mix, just because that's how things went. I'd use any cymbal that sounded good. I used to use a 16" Mienel Laser Paper-Thin, cost 15 bucks new, and if it wouldn't have cracked i'd still be using it. I think my favorite cymbal ever was a 18" Zil Scimitar.

Posted: April 19th, 2004, 9:21am
by Patrick
theonlyone wrote:people should be forced to buy cymbals with a blindfold on, so they only get what they hear not what the see.

That's probably the best advice for buying cymbals.

I usually ask the sales guy or if I'm with someone to start hitting cymbals that I think I like while I look away. Sure it's weird but the eyes can play tricks on ya!

Posted: April 20th, 2004, 6:53pm
by Your Mom
I'll play anything that sounds good, but I've got a prejudice against Zildjian. I think they're shite in the same way Remo is shite: both companies are a quality control nightmare.
I've got a Zildjian cymbal on my kit, and I'd buy one if it really impressed me, but the thing is, not many of them do. My favorite cymbals come from smaller compainies like UFiP, Istanbul, and Bosphorus. There's is a difference in handmade cymbals and I think you can hear it.