- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 17 January 2011
If you have a medium crash, and likely you do, there is always the decision whether to get a medium thin, or a thin crash to go with it. We have reviewed several medium crashes, and this review covers an 18" thin crash in Sabian's HH line. The sound is a bit dark, which thin cymbals tend to be, and it is a bright punchy crash, with short sustain. For my own preferences, I would balance a medium crash, at least in the 18" size, with a thin rather than medium thin. The 18" HH thin crash is not suitable for riding on the body of the cymbal (listen to the sound sample by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page), but the bell rides well.
- Manufacturer Line: HH
- Type: Crash
- Style: Thin
- Alloy: B20 - CuSn20 - 80% Copper, 20% Tin
- Diameter: 18"
- Metal Work: Machine Hammered, Hand Lathed, Buffed Finish
- Weight: 2.2 Pounds
- MSRP: $ 508 USA; Street Price $305
The lathing is deep and wide, while the hammer marks are small, but also quite deep.
The spectrum indicates a rather smooth response out to about 10 kHz, with peaks at 420 Hz, 550 Hz, 1.7 kHz, and 2.2 kHz, after which it declines to 50 kHz. The high frequencies decline at a faster rate than the low frequencies.
In the Level vs. Time spectrum, you can see the peak loudness at 0.18 seconds with a rapid decay.
Click HERE to listen to an audio sample, which will include crash (when appropriate), ride, and bell sounds (these are 24 bit, 176.4 kHz wav files, so be sure your sound card is capable of handling these high resolution sound files).