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Zildjian K EFX Cymbal  

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For the first EFX cymbal in the K Series, Zildjian has combined the same die-cut pattern featured in its A Custom EFX cymbals with the darker tone and traditional look of the K cymbals. This cymbal ha... Click To Read More About This Product

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For the first EFX cymbal in the K Series, Zildjian has combined the same die-cut pattern featured in its A Custom EFX cymbals with the darker tone and traditional look of the K cymbals. This cymbal has a thin weight and a crash-size bell, so the response, decay, and projection are good.

Its sound is a dark and explosive combination of trash and white noise.

  • 16"- or 18"-diameter
  • Thin weight
  • Same "die cut" pattern as A Custom EFX cymbals
  • Darker tone than the A Custom EFX
  • Good response and decay
  • Traditional finish
  • Crash-sized bell for good projection
Avedis Zildjian Company Warranty Statement

As of October 1, 2009, all Zildjian Cymbals are guaranteed against manufacturer's defects for two (2) years from the date of original purchase.
For warranty claims outside the U.S., contact your local Zildjian distributor. Click here for the international distributor locator.
Warranty Process
Cymbals that show factory defects within two years of their original purchase are eligible for examination at our factory. Zildjian experts will evaluate the damage and issue a replacement cymbal, unless it appears the damage is related to improper use or care.

If you believe your cymbal has a factory defect:
1. Contact Zildjian to obtain a Return Authorization number (RA#), via telephone: 781-871-2200.
2. Indicate the location of the damage on the cymbal with a piece of tape.
3. Make a photocopy of your original numbered and dated sales receipt.
4. Carefully package your cymbal. Include your RA# and the photocopy of your sales receipt in the box.
5. Ship the package to:
Avedis Zildjian Company
22 Longwater Drive
Norwell, MA 02061

A Cymbal will not be replaced if:
1. It has been misplayed, dropped, played with excessive force or treated abusively.
2. The center hole is worn due to improper stand set-up or abusive play.
3. The cymbal was bought second-hand or used in a lease program.
4. The cymbal has previously been replaced by Zildjian.
5. More than two years have passed since the cymbal was purchased.

Warranty Notes:
• Cost of shipping a damaged cymbal to Zildjian is the customers responsibility.
• Factory evaluations take approximately 4 - 6 weeks.
• Cymbals that do not meet the warranty guidelines will be returned to customer.
• Cost of shipping a replacement or damaged cymbal back to the customer will be covered by Zildjian.

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ZildjianK EFX Cymbal

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By Andy

from South Bend, IN

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Comments about Zildjian K EFX Cymbal:

Darker, a little dry, quicker decay, and slightly trashier than a regular crash. More complex than a regular crash for sure. I absolutely love this cymbal. I would like to get the 18" version as well sometime in the future.

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Smooth and dark. Very versatile.

By andrew elder

from NY, NY

Comments about Zildjian K EFX Cymbal:

I'll say right off that I'm a huge fan of the K series and have been for many years now, but this one takes the cake. I use mainly Ks but have A hats and an 18" A Medium-Thin crash. Wanted something "trashy" but that wasn't too close to a china (I have two chinas already), more like a dark, trashy crash to augment my 16" K Dark Thin crash and the A. I tried the 20" A Custom EFX and, while it was a beautiful cymball, it was too heavy/thick sounding (too much harsh attack for me, not softer like the Ks). The Zildjian site calls the A EFXs "paper thin" and the K EFXs "thin." It's the other way around, I believe. The 20" A was substantially thicker and much heavier in weight/heftier than this 18" K. The 20" A was too bombastic and massive/long-sustaining for my uses, so I gladly tried the K. Perfect. The 18" K EFX is a very versatile piece of brass. Quick crashes, crash-riding, explosive end-of-fill crashes, nice dark washiness with hit near the edge with the stick tip: it's all possible with the K EFX. It's crashy enough to not sound like a china but distinctly different as a crash; complementary to my other two, and it fills up space beautifully when used as a crash-ride. It's quite honestly the nicest cymbal I've heard. Smooth attack, and dark, roaring, cutting, but not piercing in a harsh way. One to "play," not "hit." Buyer beware: these are thin cymbals. I don't break cymbals, but if you hit hard and tend to crack 'em, this one may not last long for you. Hit it the right way and it'll last, I'm sure, as all my Ks (even splashes) have for years. I play mathy metal and hit hard, but I'm careful with my brass; it's all in how you hit them.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


great cymbal

By Michael Vunkannon

from Pace Fl.

Comments about Zildjian K EFX Cymbal:

the zildjian k efx cym. is great for the dark sound you what wth metal. I love that you can you any part of the cym. and it still sounds great. but the one thing i hate is that the stick may get stuck in the hole. but thats the only down side to it

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Cymbal!!

By George

from staten island, ny

Comments about Zildjian K EFX Cymbal:

A friend of mine has recently bought an 18" zildjian K EFX cymbal for his Slingerland drum set. I must say that it meshed well with his vintage new beat hi hats and a custom 15" crash cymbal. This is a bright, rich cymbal that offers a variety of accents to any kit. I highly recommend buying this cymbal!

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


great cymbal

By bryan

from minnesotaa

Comments about Zildjian K EFX Cymbal:

this cymbal is a great deal and sounds good with any kinda music i am a teacher and always reccomend students on this

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Zildjian K EFX Cymbal

By Pat D'

from Brooklyn, NY

Comments about Zildjian K EFX Cymbal:

I incorporated this cymbol int my kit a few months ago and I'm very happy with it's unique sound. When used in the right place and time in a tune,it definitely adds to a performance. I've been a little concerned about cracking it if hit too hard across one of the 3 oval cutouts but, after many hours of playing in fairly large venues it shows no sign of damage. Great sound...Great look...Classic Zildjian quality. They know what they're doing!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Zildjian does it again!

By BabyJables

from New Rochelle, NY

Comments about Zildjian K EFX Cymbal:

This is one fantastic cymbal! I own the 18" and when I first played it, I fell in love and still am in love with it. It is an all around great cymbal! It has a fast decay, a dark trashy tone and cuts through great in the mix. Its great for riding on and could even replace a china. The holes in it look really good aesthetically and make this cymbal stand out from the rest. Overall, this is one beast of a cymbal.

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