Sabian Cymbals you wish they'd make or make again

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AAX dark are no longer made. They were awesome sounding cymbals!
Oh no! AAX Dark Crashes are my main crashes for the rock stuff. But I haven't bought new AAX Dark Crashes in about a decade, so I didn't realize they were discontinued. I cracked my 19" about 5-6 years ago. Caught it early enough (it was less than an inch) and sent it to Sabian for the cymbal refresh and they fixed it for me -- still sounds great!

I mostly buy used Sabians anyways, so I'm sure I'll come across another set in due time. I LOVE the Artisan Crashes. And I use Manhattan Crashes for rock on occasion.
 

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Oh no! AAX Dark Crashes are my main crashes for the rock stuff. But I haven't bought new AAX Dark Crashes in about a decade, so I didn't realize they were discontinued. I cracked my 19" about 5-6 years ago. Caught it early enough (it was less than an inch) and sent it to Sabian for the cymbal refresh and they fixed it for me -- still sounds great!

I mostly buy used Sabians anyways, so I'm sure I'll come across another set in due time. I LOVE the Artisan Crashes. And I use Manhattan Crashes for rock on occasion.
I have a 16 and an 18. Man, I love them. The 18 also pairs wonderfully with my 20" vault crash.
 

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I have a 16 and an 18. Man, I love them. The 18 also pairs wonderfully with my 20" vault crash.
Yeah, I have 18" and 19" AAX Dark Crashes. I pair them with a 22" AAX Metal Ride and 14" AA Medium Hats. I'll add a 20" Hand Hammered Medium Thin or a 19" Vault Crash to the setup sometimes. I like the AAX Dark Crashes because they are great both live AND in the studio. I know exactly what I'm going to get when I go to record, and I get just the right sound up on stage.
 

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Original Jack DeJohnette cymbals, as in unlathed and unhammered.
Oh yeah. I had the original 20" Ride which I stupidly sold it when I stopped playing some 25 years ago. Great cymbal.

Also the very first Sabian I ever heard - a 22" Hand Hammered Medium Heavy Ride, sometime in the early 80s, played by a very competent local drummer at a gig I attended. That was a fantastic cymbal - sounded incredibly close to Jon Christensen´s famous old K. Would love to have that one!
 

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Carmine Appice Signature series! Especially the chinas.

AA Metal X were pretty sweet too!
 

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Funny, I never actually thought those were dark enough!
Yeah, I can see that. They're the darkest of the AAX line. The name make you think they'll sound like Ks, but they don't. They're right down the middle, IMO.
 

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Yeah, I can see that. They're the darkest of the AAX line. The name make you think they'll sound like Ks, but they don't. They're right down the middle, IMO.
I liked K Zildjians, but always found them a bit dull for live gigs in which I am competing with some pretty harsh volumes. The AAX Darks are not as dark by comparison, but that's why I liked them. I agree, they're right down the middle.
 

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I liked K Zildjians, but always found them a bit dull for live gigs in which I am competing with some pretty harsh volumes. The AAX Darks are not as dark by comparison, but that's why I liked them. I agree, they're right down the middle.
It seems like half the time I asked a friend what that great sounding cymbal was that they were using, it was a K, but they just don't sound good when I play them. Like car salesmen say, there's a butt for every seat.My crashes are mostly Sabian, with a few A Customs, and this one cool Wuhan S I picked out at the PASIC Lone Star booth. I don't get a good sound out of Paistes at all.
 

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I didn't know VFX was B8. I had the 19" ride (2x) and the flat 14"....I would have liked to hear them w/o the paint.

I have an 18" HHX Roctagon proto...its what the line should have become but I get it...a lot of drummers aren't going to buy unround cymbals...

I got a used AAX dark 16...I do think they were onto something there.
 

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Nice thing about Sabian is that any wish list can be made reality since they will make pretty much anything that you ask for. It's a viable option for replicating any cymbal that they no longer make.
At about twice the cost unfortunately.
 

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I ended up, don't ask me how, with two 22" Manhattan rides, 20" ride, 18" ride, betcha never saw on of those, 20" crash, and a 16" Manhattan Bridge Ride all HHs, none of that HHX stuff. The Bridge Ride is a sweet cymbal, rides really good. The 20" ride crashes better than the 20" crash rides better than the ride. Go figure.
 


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