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Choosing Sabian Cymbals for Your Music Style

Crash Cymbal

Choosing the Right Cymbals for your Music

Choose cymbals that are suitable for your music style.  For example, if you are shopping for a crash cymbal and primarily play hard rock, then it makes sense to get a medium-heavy crash rather than medium-thin crash.  

Light (thin) cymbals are ideal for soft volumes; they don't have the volume and definition for playing at loud volumes.

Medium weight cymbals are the most versatile. They offer a mix of definition and spread. 

Heavier models are designed for hard playing and the loudest volumes.

The Cymbal Weight Suitability Chart below will give you a sound guide for choosing the right cymbals for your music.

Music Style - Cymbal Weight Chart for B8Pro, AA & AAX 

Music Style Hi-Hats Weight & Model Crashes Weight & Model Splashes Weight & Model

 

Rides Weight & Model
Small Combo Jazz Thin to Medium

AAX Studio Hi Hats - Medium-Thin Top/Medium Bottom

HHX Evolution Hi Hats - Medium (top)/Heavy (Bottom)

HHX Evolution Ride Cymbal - Medium-thin

Jack Dejohnette Hi Hats

Hi Hat

 

 

 

Thin

AA Extra Thin Crash - Extra Thin

AA Fast Crash - Thin

AA Sound Control Crash - Thin

AA Thin Crash - Thin

AAX Dark Crash - Thin

HHX Evolution Crash - Thin

HHX Evolution O-zone Crash - Thin

HHX Effeks Crash - Extra-thin

Evolution Effeks Cymbal

 

 

Your Preference

AA Splashes

AAX Splashes

HHX Evolution Splash - Extra-thin

Splash Cymbal

 

 

Thin to Heavy

AA Raw Ride Cymbal - Medium-Thin

AA Crash Ride Cymbal - Medium-Thin

AA El Sabor Ride Cymbal - Medium-Thin

AA Medium Ride Cymbal - Medium

AA Tight Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Medium-Heavy Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Raw-Bell Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Rock Ride Cymbal - Heavy

AA Heavy Ride Cymbal - Heavy

AAX Studio Ride Cymbal - Medium-Thin

AAX Stage Ride Cymbal - Medium

AAX Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

Jack Dejohnette Ride

 

Funk and R & B Medium to Medium-Heavy

B8Pro Medium Hi Hat - B8Pro Medium-Top/Heavy-Bottom

AA Regular Hi Hat - Medium-Top/Heavy-Bottom

AA Sizzle Hi Hat - Medium-Top/Heavy-Bottom

AA Mini Hi Hat - Medium-Heavy Top/Medium-Heavy Bottom

AA Flat Hi Hat - Medium-Heavy Top/Heavy Bottom

Stage Hi Hats - Medium Top/Heavy Bottom

X-Celertator Hi Hats - Medium Top/Heavy Bottom

 

 

Thin to Medium Heavy

B8Pro Medium Crash - Medium

AA Medium-Thin Crash - Medium-Thin

AA Bright Crash - Medium-Thin

AA Crash Ride - Medium-Thin

AAX Bright Crash - Medium-Thin

AAX Stage Crash - Medium-Thin

 

 

Your Preference

B8Pro Splashes

AA Splashes

AAX Splashes

 

Medium to Heavy

B8Pro Medium Ride Cymbal - Medium

B8Pro Light Rock Ride Cymbal - Medium

B8Pro Power Rock Ride Cymbal - Heavy

AA Raw Ride Cymbal - Medium-Thin

AA Medium Ride Cymbal - Medium

AA Tight Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Medium-Heavy Ride Cymbal- Medium-Heavy

AA Raw-Bell Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Rock Ride Cymbal - Heavy

AA Heavy Ride Cymbal - Heavy

AAX Studio Ride Cymbal - Medium-Thin

AAX Stage Ride Cymbal - Medium

AAX Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AAX Metal Ride Cymbal - Extra-Heavy

Blues/ Country Medium to Medium-Heavy

B8Pro Medium Hi Hat - B8Pro Medium-Top/Heavy-Bottom

AA Regular Hi Hat - Medium-Top/Heavy-Bottom

AA Sizzle Hi Hat - Medium-Top/Heavy-Bottom

AA Mini Hi Hat - Medium-Heavy Top/Medium-Heavy Bottom

AA Flat Hi Hat - Medium-Heavy Top/Heavy Bottom

AAX Stage Hi Hats - Medium Top/Heavy Bottom

AAX-Celertator Hi Hats - Medium Top/Heavy Bottom

 

Medium-Thin to Heavy

B8Pro Rock Crash - Medium-Heavy

AA Medium Crash Cymbal - Medium

AA Rock Crash Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AAX XPlosion Crash Cymbal - Medium

Your Preference

B8Pro Splashes

AA Splashes

AAX Splashes

 

Medium to Heavy

AA Medium Ride Cymbal - Medium

AA Tight Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Medium-Heavy Ride Cymbal- Medium-Heavy

AA Raw-Bell Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Rock Ride Cymbal - Heavy

AA Heavy Ride Cymbal - Heavy

AAX Stage Ride Cymbal - Medium

AAX Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AAX Metal Ride Cymbal - Extra-Heavy

Progressive/ Latin Drumset/ Rock & Pop/ Big Band Jazz/ Hard Rock & Metal/ Percussion - Latin & Pop Medium to Heavy

B8Pro Heavy Hat - Heavy-Top/Heavy-Bottom

B8Pro Rock Hat - Heavy-Top/Heavy-Bottom

AA Rock Hi Hat - Heavy-Top/Heavy-Bottom

AA Fusion Hat - Medium-Heavy Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom

El Sabor Hi Hat - Heavy-Top/Heavy-Bottom

AAX Stage Hi Hats - Medium Top/Heavy Bottom

AAX-Celertator Hi Hats - Medium Top/Heavy Bottom

AAX Fast Hi Hats - Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom

AAX Fussion Hi Hats - Medium-Heavy Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom

AAX Metal Hi Hats - Heavy Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom

 

Medium-Thin to Heavy

B8Pro Rock Crash - Medium-Heavy

B8Pro Heavy Crash - Heavy

AA Medium Crash Cymbal - Medium

AA Rock Crash Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AAX El Sabor Picante Crash - Medium-Heavy

AAX Metal Crash - Medium-Heavy

 

 

Your Preference

B8Pro Splashes

AA Splashes

AAX Splashes

 

Medium to Heavy

AA Medium Ride Cymbal - Medium

AA Tight Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Medium-Heavy Ride Cymbal- Medium-Heavy

AA Raw-Bell Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AA Rock Ride Cymbal - Heavy

AA Heavy Ride Cymbal - Heavy

AAX Stage Ride Cymbal - Medium

AAX Dry Ride Cymbal - Medium-Heavy

AAX Metal Ride Cymbal - Extra-Heavy

Richie Garcia Salsero Ride - Designed by Richie Garcia and Sabian

 

 

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