When Robert Zildjian broke away from the family business to start Sabian in 1981, he created one of the closest - and most exciting - rivalries in the whole music industry. Since then, the two companies have always been trying to outdo one another, and that's good news for drummers since it keeps the cymbal innovations flowing. And not only are they always trying innovative new ideas; they also put a lot of effort into refining the cymbal styles they've had for decades. You'll find a nice mixture of those classic and innovative designs in this lineup of Sabian medium-thin cymbals, delivering a comfortable fit for those of us who like things on the lighter side, but still with a little bit of weight to them.
To decipher what a Sabian cymbal is all about, you only need to learn how to read the model names. For instance, the "HH" in the Sabian HHX Plosion Crash Cymbal stands for "hand-hammered," and the "X" tells you it's part of the modern series. A vintage hand-hammered cymbal would be missing that "X", as in the Sabian HH Garage Ride. A cymbal with an "AA" name is machine-hammered ("automated anvil"), with examples including the vintage-inspired Sabian AA Medium Thin Crash and the modern Sabian AAX Memphis Ride Cymbal.
Naturally, there are also medium-thin Sabian cymbals that fall into more specialized categories, and these are usually easy to figure out by name. Some of them are signature models like the Sabian Neil Peart Paragon China. Others, such as the Sabian Artisan Series 3 Point Crash Cymbal, belong to the Artisan collection - Sabian's top-of-the-line custom series. What it all boils down to is this: you've got a ton of Sabian medium-thin cymbals to choose from, for just about every position on your drum set. So feel free to go as traditional or as exotic as you like! With their family legacy and reputation, Sabian cymbals will always have your back.
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