- Great set of cymbals for ANY level!
- October 03, 2015
- By: SAM
I was searching for a set of cymbals i could leave at my bands practice spot with the drums I play live and for practice. I didn't like handling my A Customs (Brilliant Finish) each week, taking them back & forth. I've always been a Zildjian fan, so I searched for a nicely priced cymbal pack with everything I needed out of the box.
I read many reviews, and was able to land on this ZBT 5 cymbal pack. I am VERY PLEASED! These cymbals have been totally re-engineered, and if whether or not you've played ZBT in the past, these deserve a fresh look. As thats just what Zildjian has done with the ZBT390 line.
Unboxing these was a treat, I was pleasantly surprised at the nice, light traditional finish, with the same color as any of the other fine, traditionally finished Zildjian lines. The ZBT of the past had a reddish, coppery look, which is GONE with this new line. These cymbals are now extensively lathed, which gives them quite a nice look and feel.
14" ZBT Hi-Hat Cymbals (pair)- These Hats are quite nice, and honestly rival the sound of my much more expensive A Customs. Very good sound on all accounts, closed gives a nice, tight click. Open, these slosh nicely, perfect for about any musical style. Counting time produces a nice, satisfying "chick".
20" ZBT Ride Cymbal - This ride is absolutely awesome. Very crisp and clean, not at all washy, and when "tangin the hump", or riding the bell, a nice, bright "tang" is produced. The bow/taper area of the ride produces a nice "ting/ping" sound. Everything a drummer could want.
16" ZBT Crash Cymbal - This crash is solid, sturdy, and sounds very bright and open, with a very decent decay. I play this crash as my main crash, and it cuts through perfectly.
18" ZBT Crash Cymbal - The 18, I use this as my right Crash/Ride. I can give it a full edge hit and get a very deep and rich crash, or ride the edge for playing more rocking beats, and it doesnt overpower.
I also ordered a 14 inch ZBT Crash, which is just plain fun, i use this right next to my 16. Not quite a splash, but very punchy and bright, with quick decay.
I know this set will give me many years of gigging, and isn't one to break the bank. I truly believe for any of the folks hesitant to play an "entry level" cymbal, will be more than satisfied with this set. I've played the other Major Players entry level sets and they looked, felt, and sounded like just that. Well, this set of ZBT's defies the notion that to play Zildjian you need K's, or A's to sound good. In fact, if i removed the ZBT logo, I imagine not even the most experienced drummer would know they werent playing A's.
Whether you are just starting, replacing an old set, or looking for a gigging travel set of cymbals, look no further. I'm a fan!
Drummer 30+ years.
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