Zildjian Amir CRASHES

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I have seen, played, owned Amir HHs and ride - but have never had any exposure of any kind to any of the Amir Crashes.
Anybody have any experience with them?
I suppose I should check Youtube out and try to duck when I see an Amir II coming at me.
 

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One of my first cymbals was a 16" Amir , and it was a fine cymbal.
It was a used cymbal , I got it back in the late 80's .
I'd catagorize it lower professional .
If you get it at a good price you should be happy with it, if you're not expecting the worlds best cymbal .
Really good for a quality practice cymbal...that you could gig with if you want.
Of course with every production line there are good and bad cymbals produced. So..... Try to listen to them if you can before you buy.
Also , I've never played amir ll .

On another note , one of the worst cymbals I ever had was a zildjian schimitar 18" ... So bad , I tried drilling holes and putting rivets/sizzles in it and it still still sounded awful.
I later got a pair of schimitar bronze hi hats which were an improvement on the regular schimitar . Just FYI .
 

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I had an 18" crash in the 80s. It was a good, lower priced cymbal. I think it was better than other B8 cymbals being made today.


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I bought a 16" Amir (not the Amir II) crash in the 80s and it was a decent cymbal. It actually got more compliments than my Zildjian A crash, go figure! Not a great combo together, but hey, you played what you had back then. Lol. I actually hung onto the Amir until just a couple months ago, when I sold it to a good friend who bought a home practice kit. He likes it.
 

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I think an 80's Amir crash would be fine if you could get one in a medium thin or lighter weight. I'd be leery of them at medium or heavy weights. I had a 20" Amir Ride and it was quite nice and pingy. A studio producer wanted it for some recordings.
 

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I have seen, played, owned Amir HHs and ride - but have never had any exposure of any kind to any of the Amir Crashes.
Anybody have any experience with them?
I suppose I should check Youtube out and try to duck when I see an Amir II coming at me.
I had a little 16 back in the 80's.
I thought it was pretty nice. Very "A" like, but brighter.
I think it was about $130. Bought it new.

Elvis
 

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I haven't heard a crash either (or seen 1). I saw a show were I loved the ride...and it was an early amir. At the place I practice now there's apair of 14 amir hats. Very nice...in fact i just bought an amir power bottom because I always wanted one (would have liked it from the Impulse line...but this seems pretty good).

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1st gen. AMIR, box set
20 Ride, not so much...
16 Crash, a little better...

14 Hi Hats, keepers, I paid these forward to a studio friend a while back. I still get to play them occasionally. :D
 

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OMG! I STILL have one!! An 18 Amir Crash from 1986. I haven't played it in YEARS and honestly don't know why I still have it stashed somewhere....it didn't sound too bad iirc, esp compared to the pie-pan-sounding things I had before I got it. Slightly OT--I have a Schimitar Bronze 20 Ride (got it for Christmas 1990 or 91) that, despite being pretty one-dimensional sounding, actually produces a nice, clean musical "ping" and a suprisingly great bell! It was my "poor boy" Ping Ride before I ended up getting a REAL Ping LOL!!
 

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Dad bought me my first real kit Ludwig Rockers. I got the 16 and 18 Amir crashes. Not knowing much about gear other than big drums sets are cool, I really beat those cymbals and they held up and never cracked or broke. First real cymbal set up were these, 22 or 24" Zildjian hollow logo medium ride I got the year before. Hated than cymbal! Overtones and ringing for days. Hats were Paist color sound 5 heavy than Rod Morgenstein used when he was with Paiste. He did a clinic in my hometown and I put these in layaway after he used them. Prior to these had a set of vater which I heard were made by Paiste?

I went through ride cymbals like crazy trying to find one that was pingy. Crashes stayed the same for years until I sold them off when I discovered eBay years back.
 
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With regard to the last two posts—it's been my experience that inexpensive rides are often great in their own right for amplified applications, with the qualities as stated.

And, yes! I've got a hollow logo medium ride that's just like that, ring and overtones! Only it's an 18". A friend copped it for me, cheep, at a garage sale. I want to make it work based on its value alone, even if it will require some tape....
 

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I have always thought of them as Zildjian's attempt at producing a Paiste style cymbal. They were pressed rather than cast, a la Paiste pressed process.
 


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