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Sabian Signature Comparison Chart

Hand Hammered

Hand Hammered - Designed for the art-drummer: warm, imaginative and emotional.  Hand Hammered cymbals produce the lowest pitches of all Sabian cymbals.  They are traditional, warm, imaginative, and emotional. Hand Hammered speaks with a musical darkness steeped in nearly 400 years of cymbal making history. Sabian artisans craft their secret process bronze into soulful cymbals, rich with dark, traditional tone. It's a complex blend of sounds that comes together in a warm, musical mix capable of motivating the musician and any discerning drummer.  Individually unique, Hand Hammered is the cymbal with a sound that is a piece of art.

HHX Cymbals

HHX - Designed for projection. HHX puts out rich, simmering tones that burn through the coolest music. Super-sized hammering and an exclusive Tone Projection feature add bite to project the musical sounds of HHX through everything from pumped-up grooves and thickly textured tracks, to guitar-heavy, high-end wailing. HHX combines the best of two worlds, Traditional Tone and Modern Projection. With HHX compromise is not an option.

Signature Cymbals - Specialized Cymbals for different music styles.  Sabian teams up with great drummers like Jack Dejohnette and Richie Garcia to create cymbals that are to the exact specification of these master drummers.  Since these are cymbals that Sabian drummers use, you know that the highest quality standards are found within.  Sabian drummers and artisans put a lifetime of experience into each Signature series cymbal.

Sabian AAX Cymbals

AAX - Designed for precision. AAX delivers pure, bright shimmering tones. Like stainless steel, AAX is cool, modern, and extremely efficient. With its streamlined design and sound-shaping Auto-Focus Response feature, AAX is the ultimate breakthrough in modern cymbal making. Tap with your finger or thrash with a stick, Auto-Focus Response maximizes sensitivity, equalizes high & low pitch levels, and purifies sounds by filtering out conflicting overtones. AAX sounds are pure and accurate. Designed for the studio or stage.  AAX is versatile and works for any music style.


AA - Designed for explosive playing: AA cymbals combine musicality and energy for sounds that are bright, bold and explosive. 

These highly durable and versatile cymbals work in any style of music.  Among the diversified AA cymbals, Sabian makes a great Latin cymbal called the El Sabor series - absolutely perfect for Afro-Cuban & Latin music.  In addition, the Metal-X is specialized heavy metal and hard rock cymbal; it is extremely durable and yet very musical.  The AA series is Sabian's most diverse series.  It has thirteen different types of crash cymbals alone and an excellent variety of Rides, Splashes and Hi Hats.  No matter your music style, you can fine tune your sound with the excellent variety and subtleties of the AA cymbals.  

Sabian B8Pro Cymbals

B8 Pro - Designed to be the most at advanced cymbals at the most affordable prices.  B8 Pro cymbals are made using a rapid-tech process called virtual cloning.  Sabian creates B8 Pro models from master templates to form the consistently bright, focused, and effective sounds of more expensive Euro-brand cymbals.  B8 Pro is pure bronze quality polished to a Brilliant Finish.  Bright sound is great for rock, hard rock, metal, funk, r & b & gospel.

Xs20 cymbals

XS20 - Designed to be a complete, well-rounded cymbal.  XS20 is about value. They are bright sounding cymbals with great durability and performance quality.  Made of B20 ‘cast’ bronze at unbelievably low ‘sheet’ bronze prices.  Using innovative hi-tech manufacturing methods XS20 delivers great sound, high quality and low prices for a cymbal - and a value - that simply can’t be beat.

ProSonix cymbals

Pro Sonix - Designed to produce high penetrating sounds. The Pro Sonix pitch peak rockets up to a penetrating high, which allows it to cut through any music. The bright, Focused Bandwidth Responses are pure, shimmering, and very definite. PRO Sonix expands on the focused pitch peak of PRO with the added tone of Extended Bandwidth Response. Sound shoots across the cymbal and off its edge for super-fast delivery and intensely penetrating projection. From Funk and Hip-Hop to Rock, Pop and more, PRO and PRO Sonix deliver the bright sounds of today's music.

B8 Cymbals

B8 -  Created with Bronze, the ultimate cymbal metal, at affordable prices. The affordability of the B8 make it easier to build an excellent advance kit.  B8 offers a full range of precision-crafted bronze cymbals. Fully hammered and totally lathed to capture the bright, focused, and penetrating sounds of more expensive cymbals.  B8 delivers the sound and value of SABIAN bronze quality at the lowest possible prices.

Pitches, Finishes, Sounds & Metals of Sabian Cymbals

Pitches, Finishes & Sounds 

The Pitch, Finish & Sound of every Sabian cymbal is thoughtfully planned.  Here's a description of these qualities.  

Finishes of Sabian Cymbals

Brilliant finish:  High-pressure polishing creates a glossy look and smoother response.

Natural finish: Bronze responds with a added bit and presence in its natural state

Tip: Lower pitches blend into the music, making for a bigger, fuller sound.  Higher pitches cut through the music, great for soloing and singing above other instruments.

Metals: B20 or B8 Bronze

B20 Bronze Cymbals: 80% copper, 20% tin and traces of silver

"Listen for the Silver" is what Sabian drummers say.  Sabian adds silver to the B20 bronze cymbals; & you can hear the beautiful sound of silver within!

The Sabian B20 'secret-process' are premium cymbals, which are extremely sensitive and yet incredibly durable.

B8 Bronze Cymbals: 92% copper, 8% tin; B8 bronze delivers bright, tonally tight sounds.

The Sabian B8 cymbals are high quality, affordable cymbals.  They are perfect for beginning or intermediate level drummers who don't have a giant budget.


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