HHX complex or Z sweet cymbal pack

anthony marquart

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I'm buying a cymbal pack and I'm trying to choose from the Z sweets in 15 in hats, 17,19,21, and the HHX complex cymbal pack..

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I guess it would depend on which Sabian pack. They have a pack with 15" hats, 19" thin crash, and 22" medium ride. I also see one with 14" hats, 16" and 18" crashes and and 21" thin ride.

I REALLY like the 22" medium ride in that series, but it is a different beast than the Zildjian Sweet rides (A or K). I've had both the A and K Sweet Rides, and they're nice, but a lot washier than than the HHX Complex Medium.
 

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I use a 21 K Sweet Ride as a crash. I'm a bit of a basher, but even so I confidently say that 21 K Sweet Rides have less ride to them than most crash-rides. I really couldn't imagine using it as a ride unless I was using brushes tiny, tiny sticks.
 

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There are some really great packs with 15 K Lights, 17 K Dark Thin, 19 K Dark Thin, and a 22 K Light Ride. I would choose that over the Sweets. The Sweets are so bright and small sounding, IMO.

But above all, I would vote for the the HHX Complexes. A little more bite and more dynamic. Highs, lows, complexity, sweetness. I would say these are geared more for a slightly louder situation.

You can obviously get some good listens on YT, which is more important than anything I'm saying. But I definitely want to pitch the other pack if you go with Zildjian.

 

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I use a 21 K Sweet Ride as a crash. I'm a bit of a basher, but even so I confidently say that 21 K Sweet Rides have less ride to them than most crash-rides. I really couldn't imagine using it as a ride unless I was using brushes tiny, tiny sticks.

What do you normally use as a ride?
 

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What do you normally use as a ride?
I currently play a Zildjian 24 A medium, which is pretty great. I’m also a fan of 22 K Heavy rides, which play much lighter than the name implies. I’d really like to check out the new 24 Orchestral Ride for something a little lighter than my medium. I’ve heard great things about them on this forum.
 

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There are some really great packs with 15 K Lights, 17 K Dark Thin, 19 K Dark Thin, and a 22 K Light Ride. I would choose that over the Sweets. The Sweets are so bright and small sounding, IMO.

But above all, I would vote for the the HHX Complexes. A little more bite and more dynamic. Highs, lows, complexity, sweetness. I would say these are geared more for a slightly louder situation.

You can obviously get some good listens on YT, which is more important than anything I'm saying. But I definitely want to pitch the other pack if you go with Zildjian.



What this guy said.
 

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Can’t speak to the crashes or hats, but the Complex Medium rides I’ve heard have been stunning
 

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Well,.. I saw most of these responses after I ordered the K sweets pack.. Got it today..
The 15in hats,. great. 19 crash great, 17 meh.. Ride,... nice but not enough cut for a rock band. I may get another opinion,.. but I think I'll be sending these back and getting the Sabian pack..
 

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Amazon Warehouse had that Sabian Complex set for $660. It dropped to$620 before someone bought it. There's another set that's been dropping in price but still over $700 last time I checked.
 

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I know packs are easier and save a few bucks, but I'd always rather assemble a set from plates I hand pick in person.
 

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Amazon Warehouse had that Sabian Complex set for $660. It dropped to$620 before someone bought it. There's another set that's been dropping in price but still over $700 last time I checked.
can you share a link? I can't find it
 

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HHX Complex!! Much more musical and versatile, comparatively speaking,
IMO.
 


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