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Zildjian Cymbal Reviews

Zildjian Cymbal Reviews

The ReZo line for Zildjian is relatively new, and there are about a half dozen models ranging from a 12" Splash up to a 21" Ride. They are beautiful cymbals to look at, and in my opinion, one of the best sounding models...

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Paiste Cymbal Review

Paiste Cymbal Reviews

Paiste's Signature series is one of my favorites. Here, we review the Signature 22" Mellow Ride.

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Dream 24" Bliss Half Cup Ride Cymbal

dream-24-inch-bliss-half-cup-ride-teaserDream Cymbals are manufactured in China, being totally hammered and lathed by hand, directly from the cast bronze disc, rather than put through rollers to flatten them before hammering. The results are cymbals that have a very strong wash that sustains. The current review covers their 24" Bliss Half Cup Ride Cymbal. This basically means the bell is about half the size it normally would be. This gives the cymbal a strong ping, and just enough wash to make it interesting.

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Paiste 22" Signature Dark Energy Mark II Ride Cymbal

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Paiste has several Signature lines, including the Dark Energy. The cymbal reviewed here is the 22" Dark Energy Mark II Ride. Sometimes consumers may think that the word "Dark" means that not only the wash will have intense low frequencies, but also that the ping does not have intense high frequencies. That is not always true. Although the low frequencies are always there in a dark cymbal, the ping can be bright, which is the case with this cymbal.

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Paiste 22" 2002 Power Ride Cymbal

paiste-22-inch-2002-power-ride-teaserI have been a big fan of the Paiste 2002 series for a long time. I only had 2002 crash cymbals though. When I read about a drummer's experience with the 2002 ride cymbal on a drum forum, I decided to obtain one and see (hear) if I liked it as well as he did.

I did.

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Paiste 22" Masters Collection Dark Crisp Ride Cymbal

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The Paiste Twenty line has been around for some time, and about a year ago, they introduced the Masters Series in the Twenty line. They are B20 alloy, and are some of the most musical cymbals I have ever tested.

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Sabian 20" HHX Manhattan Jazz Crash-Ride Cymbal

sabian-20-inch-manhattan-jazz-crash-ride-teaserSabian's HHX series is specified as "Modern Dark . . . drier, dirtier, funkier". The word "Dark" translates to lots of low frequency undertones, and I think, after having analyzed quite a few cymbals, "dirtier" means more midrange wash . . . more "SHHHHH" to the sound. We recently reviewed the 18" Manhattan Jazz Crash, and now turn our attention to the 20", which, although classified as a ride cymbal, I consider it to work well as a crash/ride.

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Paiste 24" Giant Beat Multi-Functional (Ride) Cymbal

paiste-24-inch-giant-beat-ride-teaserPaiste's Giant Beat series consists of a 24", 18", and 20" "Multi-functional", and 14" and 15" Hi-Hats. They have a very distinctive sound that one might call "Retro Rock", as the ping is crisp. The 18", 20", and 24" are labeled as "Multi-functional" because they can be used as rides or crashes. Here, we review the 24" version, which is essentially a ride cymbal.

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Paiste 18" Formula 602 Thin Crash Cymbal

paiste-18-inch-602-thin-crash-teaserIn the late 1950's, Paiste introduced their 602 series of cymbals. Everyone loved them. The big names played them. So, one might wonder, why did Paiste stop offering them, and instead, moved on to new models? Well, the answer is right there in the question: new. It's in our nature to always be looking for something different, even when what we have is just about perfect. New model is something the marketing guys love, and we, as consumers, have learned to love it too. But there is another word: Retro, and it means we like going back in time to rediscover the pleasures of things we loved in the past. And, that is the 602. The irony is that the 602 has been out of the inventory for so long, today's drummers probably never heard of it, let alone play one. Well, here's your chance, and the 602 is, . . . now what is that word I am looking for?

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Zildjian 22" K. Zildjian Constantinople Medium Thin Low Ride Cymbal

zildjian-22-inch-k-constantinople-medium-thin-low-ride-teaserZildjian has re-introduced the K. Zildjian Constantinople series of rides and crashes, described as being mellow, dry, dark, and warm. The 22" ride comes in two versions, the medium thin high and the medium thin low. We have already reviewed the high version, and now we cover the low version. The words high and low refer to the tonal balance, not the shape of the bell or curvature. They both have a nostalgia "K" sound that so many drummers, particularly jazz drummers, are looking for.

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Zildjian 18" A Medium Thin Crash Cymbal

zildjian-18-inch-a-medium-thin-crash-teaserThe Zildjian A Medium Thin Crash Cymbal (part of their Avedis Zildjian line) might be called a "bread and butter cymbal". If you are going to have just two crashes in your kit, and you play either jazz or big band, this cymbal would be there. Buddy Rich used one of these in his set of three (one ride, two crashes). That says just about everything that could be said. It's bright, fast, and neutral.

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