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Sabian 18" AAX O-Zone Crash

Sabian 18" AAX O-Zone Crash
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18" Crash CymbalFollowing the success of the HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash, Sabian has introduced the AAX O-Zone Crash. Featuring the innovative multi-hole O-Zone design created by the award-winning company, the AAX O-Zone Crash cymbal is a thin, highly responsive model available in three sizes: 16", 18", and 20". The 16" is perforated by six 1-1/2" holes, the 18" and 20" by eight 1-1/2" holes.

Removing such a substantial amount of metal to create these holes reduces the weight of the cymbal and reduces tension in the metal, thereby accelerating its response rate, for faster, fuller crashing. And while AAX crashes are known for their bright, shimmering sound, the holes in the AAX O-Zone Crash affect the movement of vibrations through the metal to introduce a degree of dark agitation to the sound. This produces a response that is a combination crash and Chinese cymbal.

This model, like the darker sounding HHX Evolution O-Zone, is so responsive as a crash and for crescendos that it can be played by stick, mallet or hand, making it ideal for drummers and percussionists playing any style of music.

Like all Sabian AAX cymbals the AAX O-Zone Crash is hand crafted from Sabian's secret process B20 "cast" bronze, a combination of 80% copper with silver and 20% tin. A proprietary hand-guided hammering process and hand lathing combine to give this and all AAX cymbals a crisp, clean and clear sound at all volumes.

  • AAX O-Zone Model
  • Brillant finish
  • Multi-Hole O-Zone Design
  • Thin and ultra-responsive
  • Fine, clear and powerful sound at all volume levels

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JasonF, 21.02.2015
Cette cymbale crash ce différencie des autres cymbales par un son plus sombre et sale, à mi-chemin entre une crash et une china. Je suis très satisfait du son et du look, reste a savoir si les trous ne la fragilise pas trop dans le temps...
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Produktbewertung des Sabian AAX O-Zone 18 Zoll Crash

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Mario B., 11.10.2010
Ein tolles Becken welches stabiler ist als es auch dem ersten Blick durch seine Löcher erscheinen lässt. Klanglich lässt es sich zwischen Crash und China zuordnen. Mich überzeugte vor allem der helle Klang und klare Ansprache, die sich perfekt mit anderen Serien von Sabian, vor allem der HHX und AAX, als akzentsetzendes Becken einsetzen lässt. Ein teures aber tolles Becken, was sich in jedem Fall als besonders Becken ins Set integrieren lässt. Allerdings würde ich es nicht als großes "Standartcrash" was man öfters nutzt verwenden, nicht wegen der Qualität, sondern wegen der klanglichen Abhebung, die am besten durch "selteneren Gebrauch" besser zu Geltung kommt. Sinnvoll also nur, wenn man einige andere Becken im Set hat. Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis: Top!
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Liono Croisso, 09.10.2015
This cymbal is superbly made, more durable than any of the other vented cymbals in the Sabian range, due to its weight and holes slightly further in than the O-Zones. The sound is very specific and unusual for a crash, so it's not a good choice if you want a cymbal to sit in the back of a song and not draw any attention to it. Best way to describe the sound is it sounding like a metallic explosion that is somehow not aggressive and with a wash that is uniform and long. It sounds like controlled and concise rage! A fantastic, unique crash, that will either raise eyebrows or have people admiring the sound. I am the latter.
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Richard261, 24.06.2013
It's hard to find a great crash cymbal you can play by hand. If they are designed for a stick, they are usually too thick to offer an immediate response to the lighter touch. Equally, thin cymbals tend to come as splashes with a fast attack but equally fast decay.
However, the El Sabor has been designed for hand use - and it works! When you hit it with fingers or thumb it crashes immediately and lasts a long time with a generous tone. Tapping with fingernails gives a worthwhile sound, again because the cymbal is so responsive. Again, due to the size, you can roll up on it very gradually for a very slow crash.
In the centre, (see photo) the metal is thicker to provide a good bell. This is really intended to be used with a stick or brush handle.
My other crash is a 16" Bosphorus Gold, which though it is smaller, gives a deeper sound. I think this shows the surprising versatility of the Sabian - it is big but bright, yet with a very usable ride & bell section.
I'm not sure I'd want to use it too much with sticks - perhaps that all depends on the expected lifespan! Brushes work great though.
It's an expensive piece of kit, but it's in a class of its own.
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WHAT AN UNREAL CYMBAL!

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Christo C, 10.11.2014
I was searching for a professional hand crash for a long time before coming across this guy! And boy am I glad I did :)

Just as an introduction I'm going to give you an idea of my setup:
-Djembe in basket stand
-Stomp box
-Foot Cabasa
-Latin Block
-Cowbell
-Lots of different brushes, beaters, sticks, shakers, everything.
And now the Sabian AAX El Sabor 18" Crash!

My set up was incredibly low-end orientated before purchasing this cymbal and as the percussionist in a two piece group I have to fill as much frequency range as I possibly can. I used to use an old Sabian AAX 16" crash in rehearsals but found it far too cumbersome for hand techniques. For those wondering whether a cymbal specifically cut for hand is worth it; it is! With a regular stick crash you feel as if you have two settings: way too loud and way too quiet. The El Sabor is incredibly intuitive; with your bare fingers you can achieve the response of beaters or of a hard stick crash. The sustain is beautifully cutting, crisp and focused but not too samey as to feel as you are over using it if it is your only cymbal in a set up. This cymbal really comes alive however when used as a crash/ride in jazz style playing with some nice splayed brushes. The soaring bell hits from the unlathed centre against the enormous wash of the very outer shoulder make this easily the most versatile cymbal I've ever used!
In a kit setting is also a wonderful addition, colourful and charactered almost like an enormous splash cymbal, it really brings life to long accents. I have even tried the cymbal as the top hi-hat with a Zildjian Scimitar underneath and the results are utterly exciting! If you want a big messy, crashy open hi-hat sound with an enormous anvil chink give it a go!

Bottom line is I'm so impressed I'm seriously considering getting the 16" as well...
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Dark matter of opinion

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Martin3782, 27.09.2015
I was expecting this to sound deeper and darker than it is ,still sounds good just was disappointed with the depth of tone I have an xs 20 18 in thin crash that sounds darker than this
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