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Sabian AAX El Sabor Picante Hand Crash Cymbal 16 in.

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The Sabian AAX El Sabor Picante Hand Crash cymbal is designed specifically for percussionists. Available in 16" and 18" sizes, this innovative model features three very distinct playing surfaces -- tw... Read More

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The Sabian AAX El Sabor Picante Hand Crash cymbal is designed specifically for percussionists. Available in 16" and 18" sizes, this innovative model features three very distinct playing surfaces -- two for playing with stick, one for playing by hand. The raw, non-hammered bell is ideal for playing the clave. The unlathed, medium-weight center area is a dry ride area. And the lathed, extra thin outer half is highly sensitive, making it ideal for slapping hot, shimmering sounds by hand. Its name--El Sabor ('the Flavor') and Picante ('hot') combine to define its very unique character.

Commented Sabian product specialist Kevin Laskey: "Though it was designed for Latin players, the Picante Hand Crash is a cymbal for percussionists playing any style of music. And while it is named 'Hand Crash', the center half and bell of the Picante Crash are for playing with a stick."

Karl Perazzo, who evaluated Picante prototypes with Santana for over a year says, "The Picante Hand Crash is the hottest cymbal I've ever heard. It's great that Sabian continues to design sounds for every type of player. This Picante Hand Crash is a good example of just how creative they are."

Inspired by such legendary percussionists as Perazzo and Richie 'Gajate' Garcia, the Picante Hand Crash is the latest El Sabor model from this award-winning cymbal maker. With its appearance and sound shaped by high-density AAX hammering and half 'n' half surface lathing, the Picante Hand Crash is individually hand crafted by Sabian artisans using SABIAN B20 'caste' bronze, the world's most durable and musical cymbal metal.

All Sabian AAX cymbals are available in Natural and Brilliant finishes and are quality-protected by Sabian's one-year warranty.

  • 16" or 18"
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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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Perfect Hand Crash for Acoustic Groups


from Beaverton, OR

I use this cymbal exclusively with hand percussion (mostly cajon). I play a lot of acoustic rock, alternative, and indie music. For these genres, I have found no better cymbal for use with hand. It's very responsive. You can build a crescendo with your finger tips that sounds great when miced up or you can give it a good smack and get a fantastic, dynamic crash. I even use it with wire brushes sometimes, but prefer my Zildjian Latin crash for that. I HIGHLY recommended this cymbal for an acoustic set up. You must try it out in person if you have not.

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By jeff montaigne

from ssi, ga

I love this cymbal.....It adds so much to my percussion rig....finally a cymbal with good tone when hit with the hand....very versatile as well good tone from the bell when struck with a stick....I have recently also added he Meinl foot cabassa and a kick drum so when backing acoustic acts I have can lay down more versatile patterns.

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Coolest sounding cymbal I have ever heard.

By Dak

from Santa Cruz, Cali

I was in Guitar Center playin around with cymbals, when I stumbled upon this cymbal. It tickled my fancy. GO CHECK IT OUT.

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