The large size Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal has a deep bell shape and a low pitch, while the smaller Zil-Bel features a bright, singing, musical tone. Both exhibit the unique raw qualities derived from the... Read More
The large size Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal has a deep bell shape and a low pitch, while the smaller Zil-Bel features a bright, singing, musical tone. Both exhibit the unique raw qualities derived from the authentically traditional pouring and casting manufacturing technique that leaves slight imperfections on the mirror-like cymbal's polished surface.
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Most Liked Positive Review
this cymbal is honestly one of the best things ive ran into. Its perfect for metal hardcore and any new rock styles. It goes excellent with double bass and rough music. Amazing with...Read complete review
this cymbal is honestly one of the best things ive ran into. Its perfect for metal hardcore and any new rock styles. It goes excellent with double bass and rough music. Amazing with little fill ins or intro starters. Also great for keeping rythm. I say this is a have to have cymbal its small sounds great and you cant beat a better sound!!!
Most Liked Negative Review
okay so ive had this for like 2 years now. and i cant complain at all.. its a perfectly good cymbal cuts through good and everything. the only thing is it really doesnt...Read complete review
okay so ive had this for like 2 years now. and i cant complain at all.. its a perfectly good cymbal cuts through good and everything. the only thing is it really doesnt have that much better sound than your standard rides bell so your proboby wasting your money by buying it becuase youll find its very unessesary
Reviewed by 23 customers
Alright, so I may be the only review from a non-metal drummer... But here goes. I drum in a jazz/fusion group (emphasis on fusion, we get into some pretty heavy hard rock sometimes), and I use this a lot- however, I don't use it so much in fills as I do for effect. I have the 9 incher, and the dominant pitch is an F natural, so I often try to sync it with chords that have that note in them. It has a very clear, resonant tone, which cuts through everything and eventually fades to some fundamental drone that goes on seemingly forever. It's an interesting (and somewhat creepy) effect, and I wouldn't hit it too hard in your little garage practice space, if you like your ears. This will probably outlast you, the metal is 3/4 of an inch thick, or so, and I think you'd have to drop it from an airplane to shatter it. You can easily shatter a stick on it, though, so be careful.
This was a great addition to my kit. I mounted it upside down on top of my 16" splash. Love the tone and the long decay. Found a fun thing to do - smack it a good one and cup my hand over the top of it and move my hand close to it and back away - makes a neat Leslie speaker like effect. Having so much fun with the six inch version that I will be adding the larger one in the next couple weeks. Sounds very different from any of bells on my 16" and 18" splash or the 20" ride. It is fun to toss it into the middle of things with the long decay. Get one - you will love it.
I gave this thing a try at a friend's house (the 9.5 and 6 inch both), and they sounded pretty good. So when we brought them to a pep band performance (our band instructor lets us use/do anything as long as it's in beat), we expected them to sound good, if not, better than my beloved Meinl Classics High Bell. Well, it couldn't really be heard...at all, at least from a distance. The 9.5" is much louder, but still didn't cut too well. So definitely get these if you want to constantly use mics, but otherwise, go for something louder.
I got this bell for my birthday and I must say, as soon as I picked it up I could feel how heavy duty it was. My dad warned me not to drop it cause he told about how he hurt his foot even WITH shoes on. That just goes to show how heavy it is. I've only been using it for two days and I've already used it a fair amount. This is, quite possibly, one of the greatest investments put towards my drumset.
This sounds great when you use it for accents, but you can also ride on it like a ride bell with a clearer sound. It has long sustain, but if you choke it, it goes silent instantly. I have it mounted upside-down over a crash, but it'd be best mounted near splashes so you could do more interesting, multipart accents.
One of the coolest cymbals ive ever bought. It cuts through very nicely, and adds an interesting sound to your set. I would recommend this to anyone, but put it on its own stand, it makes it sound a lot better than stacking it. A little pricy, but its made very well so i expect it last a while. Definitely a good purchase.
Pros: Great bell, best one out there. Very sturdy and a lot heavier than I thought. It appears that it's going to last quite a while. Cons: Very expensive for such a little bell. Maybe a little overpriced. Other Thoughts: I WOULD say it's worth the money if it lasts me a good 3 years. But I'm not sure if it'll last that long. Since it's heavier than I thought, I'd assume it would last really long, but then again, I do tend to go a little crazy when playing. ;)
this cymbal is honestly the best and funnest cymbal in my kit its a bit pricey but its totally worth it if you use it as much as i am i am hoping to invest in another bell but this time the 9 1/2 inch one
I've had a 6" Zil-Bel for about a couple of years now, and I see that people say on here that if you already have a ride and stuff that this thing is kind of pointless, but I strongly disagree. It's allll about how you use it. I mean I've got 2 ride cymbals AND a Zil-Bel. the Zil-Bel may be a good stand-in if your ride bell sucks, but it sounds so much different than a regular ride bell, it gives you so much more versatility. throw it in the middle of a fill or into some fast quads or even hit it at the same time you hit a crash to give some awesome effect. The key is creativity. Zil-Bels are awesome. buy one, and use it.
This cymbal has an awesome ping and is great for metal.. Just got mine today in the mail and its awesome.. If your a metal drummer, then I highly recommend you get this cymbal. A lot of people say just use your ride's bell, so i compared the two, and i gotta say, the zil bel is a lot better. You wont regret buying this awesome cymbal...
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