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    I have been playing drum set for over fifty years, and I have been through MANY cymbals. What I have now is the best I have ever had, all Sabian.

    AA 21" Bash Ride (my favorite ride I have ever played)
    SR2 18" Thin (great crash and very rideable)
    AAX 17" Studio Crash
    AA 16" Thin Crash (20th Anniversary model)
    SR2 Hats (medium top, heavy bottom)

    The crashes all blend very well and sound great together. The hats sound great in big rooms and outside but not so much in small rooms. Do any of you have satisfying cymbals? Peace and goodwill.
    Mark Wellman - drummer for Jesus; Mapex MPX snare, Mapex Armory Sabre snare, Mapex Saturn bass drum and toms / Sabian AAX, AA, SR2, XS20 / Evans / LA Backbeat

    Church Drummer's Army

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    Satisfying cymbals? Yup, but I mix and match. I'm not loyal to any brand.

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    Still loving my Legacy's....so musical. Looking to add an ozone crash and maybe a 15"
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    Ludwig Classic Maple 22x16,10x8,12x9,16x16
    Tama Starclassic B/W 22x16, 10x8, 12x9, 16x16
    Sabian HHX Legacy

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing

    http://www.redskymary.com/ NOT MY BAND, JUST A GREAT LOCAL BAND WHO SHOULD BE SOOO MUCH BIGGER IMO

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    I have over 200 Sabian cymbals in my collection.... I also own multiple Sabian display cymbal trees and a lite up sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpazApproved View Post
    I have over 200 Sabian cymbals in my collection....
    Yup, you're a hoarder, lol. That's insane! - Wow!

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    And I thought I was a cymbal freak...

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    I've had a Sabian HHX Evolution 18" O-Zone for a few years now & love it. I have just bought an 18" AA Rock Crash in natural finish but I am not sure if it will fit in with my other cymbals. If not, I can exchange it for a AAX 18" Thin Crash which is darker
    The Varukers.

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    My 28” Sabian medium ride leaned up against my vintage Star jr. kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olimpass View Post
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    My 28” Sabian medium ride leaned up against my vintage Star jr. kit.
    Ok now I have a lot of Sabians but NONE are 28"!!! I AM SO JEALOUS!!
    My biggest is a 24" ride. That is sick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpazApproved View Post
    Ok now I have a lot of Sabians but NONE are 28"!!! I AM SO JEALOUS!!
    My biggest is a 24" ride. That is sick!
    No reason to be jealous. It’s only a cymbal. I love my Sabian 18” extra thin AA crash too. Sounds great.

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    Here is my 2022 update. Two days ago I went to C&M Music in Lafayette to buy a drum set. They did not have a set that I wanted, but they did have some cool cymbals. So I bought two cymbals. First, was an SR2 19" Heavy, which is a great ride for only $150. Second, I bought some XS20 14" Hats, which I really like. I went back there yesterday and bought a Mapex Armory 14x5 Sabor snare that has a maple/walnut shell. So now I have two sets of cymbals.

    Set One, all Sabian

    19" SR2 Heavy (ride)
    18" SR2 Thin (crash-ride)
    16" AA Thin Crash (20th Anniversary Model)
    14" XS20 Hats

    Set Two, all Sabian

    20" HHX Evolution Ride
    17" AAX Studio Crash
    15" SR2 Thin (crash)
    14" SR2 Hats (medium top, heavy bottom)

    Set at Church, mostly Sabian

    21" AA Bash Ride
    18" AAX Studio Crash
    18" Zildjian K China
    17" AAX Concept Crash
    16" AAX Concept Crash
    13" Paiste Alpha Medium Hats
    10" SR2 Thin (splash)

    Peace and goodwill.
    Last edited by Drumolator; 01-01-2022 at 09:00 AM.
    Mark Wellman - drummer for Jesus; Mapex MPX snare, Mapex Armory Sabre snare, Mapex Saturn bass drum and toms / Sabian AAX, AA, SR2, XS20 / Evans / LA Backbeat

    Church Drummer's Army

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    Just bought a (very) cheap AAX 20" Stage Ride to try out
    The Varukers.

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    I'm a Sabian guy, too. I'd love an AA/AAX ozone or china to round out the set. I have a 10" Paise Alpha splash that sounds really cool, but it's not on the kit right now. I'd really LOVE to not care about mix/match brands but I'm just ocd enough for it to annoy me. LOL
    Kevin
    DW Performance series - Gun Metal Metallic Lacquer
    24/12/16 6.5x14
    Sabian AA/AAX hi-hats & crashes
    Sabian HHX Evolution ride

    Drummers can be very tempomental.....

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    My story continues. The AAX 17" Concept Crash at church is lower pitched than either the AAX 18" Studio Crash or the SR2 18" Thin. So I brought the 18" Studio Crash home. The strange thing is that the 17" Concept Crash is very low pitched, but the 16" Concept Crash is very high pitched. I prefer to use three crashes at church because some songs need them. So this is what I am planning to do. My AA 16" Thin Crash is right between the 16" and 17" Concept Crashes. That leaves me with these.

    Set One
    20" HHX Evolution Ride or 19" SR2 Heavy
    17" AAX Studio Crash
    18" SR2 Thin
    14" XS20 Hats

    Extras
    18" AAX Studio Crash
    14" SR2 Hats (medium top / heavy bottom)

    So, I may buy a 16" crash in the future so that I can use the 18" AAX Studio Crash, which is too close to the 17" AAX Studio Crash to use them together. Peace and goodwill.
    Mark Wellman - drummer for Jesus; Mapex MPX snare, Mapex Armory Sabre snare, Mapex Saturn bass drum and toms / Sabian AAX, AA, SR2, XS20 / Evans / LA Backbeat

    Church Drummer's Army

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    A couple of years ago I obtained a set of XR20's.
    I sold them; not because they were unpleasant sounding, but because they were surplus to my needs.

    I kept one of these XR20'S. The 18 inch China is gorgeous. Thing growls... I love it.

    Acoustic & Electronic:
    Pearl Prestige World Series WLX 1988
    Tama Swingstar 1983
    Tama Superstar Hyper-Drive (Birch) 2007
    Ludwig Acrolite Snare 1976
    Pearl Sensitone Elite Aluminum 5.5" and 6.5" Snare
    Pearl COB Custom Deluxe [Gladstone] (75-76) Snare
    Love Drum Co. Hammered Steel 5.5" Snare
    Roland TD-1KV

    Paiste
    Accent 8"

    Paiste Signature:
    6", 10" Splash
    14" Dark Crisp Hi-Hats
    14" Sound Edge Hi-Hats
    16", 17", 18",19", 20" Full Crash

    Paiste Formula 602:
    22" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Ride

    Paiste 2oo2:
    22" Ride
    16" Crash
    6",10" Splash

    Paiste Sound Formula:
    20" Full Ride (Frankenstein)

    Paiste Twenty:
    16" China

    Paiste Alpha (original Swiss made):
    12" Splash

    Paiste PST7:
    Medium
    16", 18" Crash
    20" Ride
    14" Hi-Hats

    Sabian:
    XS20 18" China
    AA 14" Fusion Hi-Hats


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    A few days ago, I asked my wife and son, who is a great bass player, to listen to crash cymbal combinations. They both picked the same pair of crashes. A few weeks ago, I did a hi-hat cymbal experiment with my two pairs of 14 inch hi-hat cymbals. So here is what I will be using, all Sabian:

    19" SR2 Heavy (ride)
    18" AAX Studio Crash
    16" AA Thin Crash
    14" Hats (SR2 Medium top, XS20 bottom)

    Peace and goodwill.
    Mark Wellman - drummer for Jesus; Mapex MPX snare, Mapex Armory Sabre snare, Mapex Saturn bass drum and toms / Sabian AAX, AA, SR2, XS20 / Evans / LA Backbeat

    Church Drummer's Army

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumolator View Post
    A few days ago, I asked my wife and son, who is a great bass player, to listen to crash cymbal combinations. They both picked the same pair of crashes. A few weeks ago, I did a hi-hat cymbal experiment with my two pairs of 14 inch hi-hat cymbals. So here is what I will be using, all Sabian:

    19" SR2 Heavy (ride)
    18" AAX Studio Crash
    16" AA Thin Crash
    14" Hats (SR2 Medium top, XS20 bottom)

    Peace and goodwill.
    I don't know what flavor of Sabian hats Frank Beard uses but on the live in Texas show I saw, they were amazing. I did as much research as I could but could not find out what the hats were. Glad you found your sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    I don't know what flavor of Sabian hats Frank Beard uses but on the live in Texas show I saw, they were amazing. I did as much research as I could but could not find out what the hats were. Glad you found your sound.
    I thought he was a Paiste endorser?
    Ludwig Classic Maple 22x16,10x8,12x9,16x16
    Tama Starclassic B/W 22x16, 10x8, 12x9, 16x16
    Sabian HHX Legacy

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing

    http://www.redskymary.com/ NOT MY BAND, JUST A GREAT LOCAL BAND WHO SHOULD BE SOOO MUCH BIGGER IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDK View Post
    I thought he was a Paiste endorser?
    I have no idea but he was using Sabians during that show, I thought???
    Signature here

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    Another great score from thE BAY today.14 in.Sabian AA Regular Brilliant hats for a grand total of $90.00 including shipping.
    Rick


    Mapex Sabian Ludwig Saluda Assorted Snare Drums

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    Quote Originally Posted by slanddad View Post
    Another great score from thE BAY today.14 in.Sabian AA Regular Brilliant hats for a grand total of $90.00 including shipping.
    Wow, that's a great price!

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    I love thE BAY.I've gotten all of my cymbals from there. Not one over $100.00.
    Rick


    Mapex Sabian Ludwig Saluda Assorted Snare Drums

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    Quote Originally Posted by slanddad View Post
    I love thE BAY.I've gotten all of my cymbals from there. Not one over $100.00.
    Well done.
    Signature here

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    Being a cheapskate is not for the weak of heart. It takes a lot of patience, but it pays off in the end.
    Rick


    Mapex Sabian Ludwig Saluda Assorted Snare Drums

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    On Thursday we had band practice, and I used these:

    19" SR2 Heavy
    18" AAX Studio Crash
    16" AA Thin Crash
    14" Hats (SR2 Medium top and XS20 Bottom)

    The ride and hats sounded great, and pitch difference between the 16" and 18" crashes was perfect. However, the feel when striking the crashes was too different due to the different thicknesses. So we did another test at home. Crash set one was the 16" AA Thin Crash and my 18" SR2 Thin. Crash set 2 was my 17" AAX Studio Crash and my 18" AAX Studio Crash. My wife and son listened separately, but they both picked the 16" AA and the 18" SR2 Thin. So, I will use them when playing indoors and will use the AAX Crashes when playing outside. Peace and goodwill.
    Mark Wellman - drummer for Jesus; Mapex MPX snare, Mapex Armory Sabre snare, Mapex Saturn bass drum and toms / Sabian AAX, AA, SR2, XS20 / Evans / LA Backbeat

    Church Drummer's Army

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