Zildjian or Sabian

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Post Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:03 am

I personally love sabian but zildjians make great cymbals i dont really like their chinas though but its all personal preference
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Post Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:30 am

I have all Zildjian A Customs except for a 20" HHX Rock Ride. I must say I am very happy with the Zildjians, but I also would like to invest in a set of HHX's for different live and recording situations besides the straight-ahead-in-your-face rock I usually play. (i.e. jazz, fusion, funk, r&b, gospel)

So, basically, BOTH! It depends on the sound you want. 8)
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Post Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:10 pm

zildjian by far.
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 5:13 am

I like both companies, however, Sabian has some amazing shit out there! VAULT! That's all I need to say! I have a 16" Vault Crash, and my god! Sounds BEAUTIFUL!!! AMAZING BRAND!!! I have a B8 20" Ride.... Sounds terrific! However, personally, I'd rather switch to a bunch of Paiste RUDEs and Paiste Signature Reflective cymbals... those there are the kings!!! ^_^
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 5:29 am

hakeem1293 wrote:In my opinion, i really think it depends on the player. I think both compnies make great cymbals, it just depends on prefrence and if you dig the sound of the cymbal.

i use both ... it's ok, i promise!...for me it's all about what sounds good to me ...not brand names.
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 7:23 am

Zildjian all the way. However, sometimes I think I like Sabian ride cymbals a little more.
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 9:12 am

Sabian. and kudos to the guy that said salu da. they rock
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 9:55 am

Sabian and Zildjian are both made thru the same machines/process'.

Only Difference is one brand is made in Turkey and the Other in Canada.

But, I like Sabian...I'm also willing to try out Paiste...so yea.
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:10 am

Paiste....there is no substitue!!!!

If you've never played 'em...you should. If you can't afford 'em cause they are ridiculously expensive...save your money and buy one Signature...then you'll know.


Paiste rules!!!!!
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:10 am

Hello fellow drummers and I wish ya'll a jolly New Year.

"Dale" on page 2 here kind of brought it up,
but just incase (for the few that do not know) :
Sabian was started by one of the Zildjian brothers
(yes sabian guys last name is Zildjian!)
I heard that he moved to Canada so he could keep
the price slightly lower (something like that).

From the top 3 cymbal companys' (Zildjian, Paiste & Sabian)
I like them all. It does come down to what sound you like
and style and all that jazz. Personally I have found that I like
Sabians small cymbals (accents & splashes) but not so much
their larger ones. Paiste the same, although their "Earth" ride,
or was it 'dry ride' sounds great to me. I have met 'guy's that
thought Paiste "Rude" series was the best thing in the world,
but to me, it just hurts- gives me a headache fast! And the
Sabian Paragons (I was supposed to LOVE because I have
always been a Neil Peart fanatic) - well they hurt my teeth when
I hear them. The Zildjians I like the most because I like the
sound of all their sizes and most styles. Some of their splashes
are like tin foil to me (not good!), but some are more than perfect!

My set has Zildjians and Paiste's. I have never owned a Sabian,
but I am sure that someday I will. It seems that Paiste and
Sabian work hard on their accent cymbals and Zildjian concentrates
more on the large splashes and above. Wow, I am typing too much.

Back in the late 1980's I heard that Sabians break easily
around the bell (of the crash cymbal)- I told 2 of my friends
(who always do the oppositte of what I heard- which to this
day is still a good idea) - anyway, they bought them- and
2 years later they all broke. 2 around the bell and one just
cracked up and broke away. Of course all cymbals can break,
and these guys were into metal music- but the bell thing
bothered me. So I read up on it, and some people said that
WAS a problem they had in the past but corrected it and then
some. (just what I read- it may not be true either way).

so to recap: I like all 3. I even have a wuhan. I own 2 brands.
will eventually own a sabian. (I really like Canada too!)
As a bunch of ya'll have already said, =
It does come down to what you like.
I go into the cymbal room of my 2 fav. music stores and maybe
2 cymbals will strike my fancy. (that is 2 out of 200 :!: )

Typing too much. Be well ya'll.
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 12:19 pm

Zildjian, 400 years of experience vs. 25, gotta go with the 375 more years!
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 12:20 pm

Neither one! I use Paiste Cymbals! 8)
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 1:16 pm

I like both, but I'd have to go with Sabian. They have more cymbals in their line than zildjian. Sabian's are quite as expensive I don't think (depending on the cymbal). Plus there's nothing bad about a Hand Hammered.

But they really are the same thing just with different names. They're both from the same family, literally!
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 9:33 pm

I have both . Sabian xs hi hats, xs 20" ride, xs 16 heavy crash, xs 16 rock crash, aa 8 china, b8 18 china, b8 14 thin crash, b8 10 splash.

i also have paiste 20 rock ride and 16 crash which suck

And zildjian oriental trash splash which i love
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Post Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:24 pm

When i go into the store to by a new cymbal, i go in with a sound concept in mind, not a brand name...i'll hit every cymbal in the store regardless of the name, untill i find what i'm looking for..or something close. now, just so happens that most of my cymbals are zildjian. but i have some sabian crashes (16"HHX evolution...one of the best crashes i've ever heard ( i use it as my main left crash)) and splashes that i use.... i guess i never really found a zildjian splash that i fell in love with...but also, some of the best rides i've ever heard are zildjain....so yeah i have no comitment to any one company, as long as it sounds good, i'd buy it. Even if it's a no name cymbal i'd buy it as long as it sounded good and feels good to play.

Happy new year and happy drumming