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FDP Forum / I'd Hit It! - Drums and Percussion / Zildjian vs. Sabien

andrewginger music


whall's son
Nov 5th, 2011 11:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

These are the most popular cymbals out there. But which is more preferred to be used when playing rock, metal, punkish songs.

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Connecticut USA

Klaus & The Rooster have been there, too
Nov 5th, 2011 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

There’s no right or wrong. I might even argue that Paiste cymbals are better for punk.

And unless you’re hunting for an endorsement deal, there’s no crime in mixing and matching brands to suit your personal tastes. I tend to lean towards all-Zildjian, but another drummer with whom I frequently perform uses a mix of Sabian, Meinl and Wuhan.

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So far out-o-da-loop

I can't even find the rope!
Nov 5th, 2011 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Comparing Zildjian to Sabian is like comparing apples to apples. Bite a few and eat the ones that taste best.

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So. Cal. USA

Nov 7th, 2011 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm using all Paiste Signatures at the moment. It's working well for all styles. 14-16-18" fast crashes, 20" dry ride, 18' thin china and a 12" splash with dark crisp hats. All very musical. I like a lot of choices in cymbals when playing.

I love the dark crisp hats.

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Ought to hurt
Nov 7th, 2011 07:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought some Zildjans for the house set about 4 plus years ago. I always liked the way they sounded but didn't start playing until 4 weeks ago. Go figure.

super mario
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tone to the bone no other way
Nov 11th, 2011 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sabian is one of the Zildjian sons out on his own. Musically very similar. Have mostly Zildjians on my kit with Sabian hi-hats. Good friend swears by Paiste only. Best drummer I ever worked with - always had a mix of brands that was the most musical set cymbals I've ever heard (of course the hands on the sticks had a lot to do with it too). Back to your original question - I tend to Paiste as the cymbal of choice for the music you are asking about.

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Lawrenceville, GA.

Amp Service for 50 Years and Counting
Oct 27th, 2012 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

If I could afford them....Paiste 602.




Oct 27th, 2012 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

Use what sounds good to your ears.

As EC said, Zildjian and Sabian are the same same

I mix and match depending on the gig/situation... from a range of Zildjian, Sabian, Paiste, Bosphorus, Ufip and Wuhan.

Dr Bass MD
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ProFootball HOF City

Eat. Spit. Be Happy!
Oct 29th, 2012 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Own 'em both...love 'em both.

Fave ride is a Sabian. Fave crash/splash is a Zildjian.

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Rockland County, NY

So many drummers, so little time.
Nov 7th, 2012 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Check out Dream Cymbals from China. I have an 18" Crash and a 22" Ride of their "Bliss" line which is more of a dark, thin, jazz type cymbal but they make different lines that more closely resemble the A Zildjian & Sabian lines of cymbals.

Dream cymbals are the lowest priced professional quality cymbal I have ever encountered. The Bliss line closely resembles a vintage turkish sound. Dream is the best kept cymbal secret. They are priced like low end "student" cymbals but believe me they are high quality instruments.

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Connecticut USA

Drive west on Sunset to the sea
Nov 7th, 2012 05:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Will have to look at the Dream line. I agree that when it comes to cymbals, purchase price doesn’t always equate to sonic quality. I still own two inexpensive Camber cymbals that I bought for my very first kit in the early ‘80s which — despite some keyholing — still sound great to me.

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Lansing, MI

My CVR is noisy, but so is my playing!
Dec 3rd, 2012 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

cfender +1! On this recommendation I checked them out and got a very nice set of B20, hand-hammered hats for less than a third the cost of a set of Zildjian Ks.

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