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Sabian Paragon Diamondback Chinese Cymbal
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      Sabian Paragon Diamondback Chinese Cymbal (104513700)
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A unique effect from Sabian and Neil Peart!

The 20" Paragon Diamondback Chinese Cymbal is the product of a collaboration between award-winning cymbal maker Sabian and the legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart. The Chinese cymbal's thin, highly responsive model features a wide-flanged circumference punctuated by industrial cotter pins holding a total of four jingles that vibrate when the cymbal is struck. To increase the sound, the jingles are positioned in the shallow of the flange so they vibrate on both the bow and the edge, while a single rivet is positioned between each of the four jingle placements.

"While recording Snakes and Arrows," said Peart, "I was making good use of the two Paragon Chinese models I had developed with Sabian a few years ago. The 20" had a sharp, tight attack, while the 19" had a warm, dark swell. However, a couple of the songs called for a different texture, something with a subtle stick sound, and a wispy, kind of ethereal voice, but with a sizzle... like a traditional rivet cymbal, but with more presence. Sabian produced prototypes until we arrived at one particularly innovative combination, which I named Diamondback (thinking both of Paragon's diamond logo and the fact that it rattles). I used the Diamondback prominently in such songs as 'The Larger Bowl' and 'The Main Monkey Business,' where it delivers a wispy, haunting ride effect with the sizzle of rivets and tambourine jingles. It also added a subtle accent in songs such as the opening track, 'Far Cry.'"

As with all Paragon models, the Diamondback Chinese Cymbal combines various hammering and lathing styles including a hand-hammered bell. Jumbo-sized HHX dimpling is applied specifically to the bow and lip after the lathing process in an effort to lower the fundamental pitch of the cymbal and give it a dark tone.

The Diamondback Chinese is handcrafted from premium Sabian B20 cast bronze and features the rich gold logo markings exclusive to the Paragon series. To create a rich high-low response when the jingles and cymbal vibrate together, the jingles are of brighter-sounding B8 bronze. This combination of B20 and B8 increases the complexity of sound produced. All Paragon cymbals are quality-protected by the Sabian one-year warranty.

Sabian Paragon Diamondback Chinese Cymbal

North American Warranty Sabian cymbals are guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of two years from the date of purchase on all Sabian series except Solar by Sabian which has a 6 month warranty period If after inspection by Sabian personnel it is determined that the cymbal failed under normal use, a replacement cymbal of the same size and series will be provided free of charge. To obtain warranty service, ship the cymbals prepaid along with a copy of the dated proof of purchase to the following; In the USA. Sabian Inc, 100 Enterprise Drive, Marshfield, MA. 02050 Please call 1-800-81-SABIAN and request an RA # Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing and return shipping. The above pertains to Sabian cymbals purchased in North America. As warranty laws vary from country to country, you will need to check with the dealer where you purchased the cymbal for warranty details in any country outside North America, as the warranty is administered by the Sabian distributor in the respective country. Warranty replacements for cymbals purchased in Canada and the USA can not be shipped outside the USA and Canada.

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  • Nice Unique Sound

    As reviewed by James on 5/17/2010

    I was at my local music store when I noticed this chinese. It looked a bit odd so I decided to try it out. It sounded really cool. It had a traditional china sound but the rattler chain things near the edges really add a unique flare to it. The overall sound is nice, trashy with a bit of resonance from the rattler. Very unique, this cymbal is a good cymbal to get if you want a new sound to your kit or if you have the extra money lying around.

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