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Ok, if you've not read my reviews on other drum stuff then i'll explain what i do briefly. I've been playing the drums for around 19 years now and i'm still very active in the music industry.I presently play drums in a semi/professional (hoping to be proffessional)band.I have played in professional bands in the past and i've toured in the past too, so i feel i can give an honest opinion and maybe give a good idea of what people can get for their money.
I've been using Zildjian cymbals now for around 2 years, i used paiste signitures before hand. Presently i'm using 2 Zildjian avedis rock crashes, one 16inch and one 18inch.
Firstly i'll talk about looks and quality....Ok the Zildjian Avedis rock cymbal range are of high quality, they have a great look about them and are the choice of many rock drummers through out the world.Thay are hand made from what particular alloy i personally don't know, but if you went onto zildjians website you can find as much info as you can shake a stick at...There's not much more i can say about the quality and looks except..... it's Top!
OK... what about the sound you may ask........ well i find the 2 crashes i have compliment each other very well indeed, the 16inch has a certain crisp rich sound about it, i find i quite vesitile, i can use it for some soft and pleasant stuff while when played hard it matches upto any top rock cymbal out there..... the 18inch is a bit of an animal..... I use it for most of my loud and crashy stuff..... it has a great loud crash to it with out loosing any quality or crispness,it has a full range of tones which compliments the tones from the 16inch very well..... play these 2 together and you have a powerful rock sound.
These are what you would call at the higher end of the cymbal market, they don't come cheap but if you shop around the net you'll find some really good prices... i've seen the 18inch priced at around £160 or maybe cheaper, at this sort of price you're getting alot of cymbal for your money. I have some experience of after sales service with zildjian too... recently i broke my 18inch Avedis,i'm what you would call a very hard hitter when i play the drums and cymbals and sticks have to of hardwaring.Fortunately i broke mine in about 10 months and zildjian diagnosed the problem being a fault in the metal and very quickly replaced it for me along with an apology.
Ok, basically i have great praise for the Zildjian Avedis range of cymbals, although i broke one i haven't had any problems since and the quality of after sales was simply brill... they were professional and dealt with the situation very quickly.If you're in a rock band or indie etc then try these cymbals, they could be exactly what you're looking for, they maynot be cheap but by god they're as good as you're gonna get....