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Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash

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The pitch-matched Byzance Sand Cymbal Set from Meinl includes a 14" Sand Hi-Hats, 18" Sand Thin Crash and a 20" Sand Ride. This set is the perfect in...Click To Read More About This Product

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A set of sandblasted, vintage-style cymbals with a dark, dry sonic character.

The pitch-matched Byzance Sand Cymbal Set from Meinl includes a 14" Sand Hi-Hats, 18" Sand Thin Crash and a 20" Sand Ride. This set is the perfect introduction to the world of Byzance Vintage sounds and is a must have for all fans of Benny Greb's drumming and sound and for fans of musical cymbals in general.

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14" Sand Hi-Hats
18" Sand Thin Crash
20" Sand Ride

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MeinlByzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash
 
4.9

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive feel (11)
  • Full crash (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (6)
  • Jazz clubs (5)
  • Soundtracks (4)
  • Accompaniment (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (4)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Cymbal Set

By Cheungman

from Bradenton, FL

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Pros

  • Crisp Bell
  • Dry And Tight Hi Hats
  • Expressive
  • Great Sonic Match
  • Musical
  • Smooth Crash
  • Washy Ride Bow

Cons

  • Ride Model Varies A Lot

Best Uses

  • Any Music Genre
  • Jazz
  • Low Volume
  • Small Venues

Comments about Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash:

These cymbals are truly amazing.

The sand hi hats take a little getting used to; most drummers are used to the bright twangs of A customs and AAXs, while these hats have a dry sonic sound to them. However, they do sound great and are able to mix in superbly without overstating itself.

The sand thin crash is another winner among crashes. It opens up fast with a smooth and clean wash that has a very slight hint of trashiness. A sweet accent, but its decay is a bit short and it isn't the loudest crash so it could get lost if used in a large venue without being mic'd.

Now the sand ride is the champion here. I mentioned that the ride can vary largely in sound from model to model, and that is sometimes not good. The first sand ride I obtained didn't sound like how I expected/wanted it to. It had a nice bell but the bow was just off. I traded for a different sand ride I was able to hear in person, and now I'm happier than ever. Mine has an anvil-like bell sound that I just can't get enough of, and it pierces through anything. The bow also has a nice wash underneath that can sometimes overwhelm the ping of the ride. This is preventable by hand control and may or may not be a con for you depending on how you like your rides to sound. The ping itself also has a nice feel and mine has a slight shimmering resonance from the bell. The crash-ability of it also varies, mine is not perfect, but if I need a lower gong-y crash, it's there. While I love my sand ride, I definitely recommend hearing the one you're getting in person.

The trash crash I cannot say much about since I sold mine early on. I did hear it a few times and I could see its use as a less-harsh china.

Overall, all of these cymbals are top notch in character and quality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great cymbal set

By Tito

from PA

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Pros

  • Responsive Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues

    Comments about Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash:

    This set is great. The ride is very responsive at all volumes with just the right amount of wash. The bell is the best I've ever heard. The hihats sound great in all styles of music. The crash was darker than expected, but I quickly adjusted to this and love how it fits with the rest of the cymbals.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well worth the money

    By Maccapper

    from Central Illinois

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    Pros

    • Full Crash
    • Responsive Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash:

        This set pairs nicely with the 22" Byzance ride already part of my kit. The bell on the ride can cut right through, yet all the cymbals have a soft (if you can call it that) feel and response to them. Beautiful looking cymbals. I've played Paiste Signatures and Zildjian K's for the last 25+ years. I've found a new brand in Meinl. Love these Byzance series cymbals.

         
        5.0

        Amazing cymbals

        By hjp

        from CO

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        Pros

        • Complex
        • Dark
        • Focused
        • Responsive Feel
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Most styles except super loud music

          Comments about Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash:

          The Byzance Vintage Sand series cymbal set is amazing. The Sand ride is dark and complex with some wash, but the wash is never over-powering and the stick definition is clear. The Sand crash is warm and responsive at all volumes. Probably my favorites out of the set, the Sand hats are some of the best that I have heard and have a great vintage tone.

           
          5.0

          My favorite cymbals

          By Stephen K.

          from Los Angeles, CA

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          Pros

          • Responsive Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash:

              I replaced a set of Zildjian K's, which are awesome cymbals, with these. I couldn't be happier. Thanks Benny Greb for creating the perfectly balanced line of cymbals.

               
              5.0

              Incredible Cymbal Set!

              By Marc

              from New York, NY

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              Comments about Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash:

              Excellent set! Benny Greb's promotion video demos the byzance vintage sand line beautifully. The ride is incredibly musical and has a very crisp bell. The hats are very responsive and have a really articulate stick sound, with the perfect amount of dryness. With an exception of the loudest music, the Meinl Byzance Vintage Sand set is perfect to complement any style.

               
              5.0

              Pa to the rescue

              By Andrometer

              from Pelham nh

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              Pros

              • Responsive Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jazz Clubs
                • Small Venues
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash:

                I use them everyday for an hour of spiritual release
                I have paiste signature for 10 years
                And before that zildjians which are all trash now btw
                These sound totally different

                 
                5.0

                A Great Purchase

                By More Drums Percussion Studio

                from Bismarck, ND

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                Pros

                • Responsive Feel

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jazz Clubs

                  Comments about Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash:

                  They are just as Benny Greb described them. I would recommend them to any one looking for some great cymbals with a fresh sound.

                   
                  5.0

                  I love em

                  By George Morrison Jr

                  from Santa Fe, New Mexico

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                  Pros

                  • Explosive Attack
                  • Responsive Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash:

                      I love my cymbals bro they are so beautiful and sound so amazing.

                       
                      5.0

                      Love these cymbals

                      By Mo

                      from DC

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Full Crash
                      • Responsive Feel

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment
                        • Jazz Clubs
                        • Small Venues
                        • Soundtracks
                        • Symphonies

                        Comments about Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Benny Greb Sand Cymbal Set with Free 16 inch Trash Crash:

                        These cymbals have lots of warmth and depth.

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