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Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal

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The Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal delivers pure, bright shimmering tones. Like stainless steel, AA Metal-X is cool, modern, and extremely efficient....Click To Read More About This Product

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The perfect crash to penetrate when you're driving a wall of sound!

The Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal delivers pure, bright shimmering tones. Like stainless steel, AA Metal-X is cool, modern, and extremely efficient. Tap with your finger or thrash with a stick, Auto-Focus Response maximizes sensitivity, equalizes high and low pitch levels, and purifies sounds by filtering out conflicting overtones.

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Solid, fast response
Bright, penetrating tone
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SabianAA Metal-X Crash Cymbal
 
4.7

(based on 70 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

KILLER!

Ok...let me get to the point of why I bought a 16" and a 18" Sabian AA Metal-X...I AM A CAVEMAN DRUMMER--even using my wrists properly...Read complete review

Ok...let me get to the point of why I bought a 16" and a 18" Sabian AA Metal-X...I AM A CAVEMAN DRUMMER--even using my wrists properly and not my arms to strike the drums and cymbals! I guess that is the way it is when you are 6'6" and 225lbs and have hands that look like they should be on BigFoot, not a human. Nevertheless, these cymbals can take the beat down. I am known for killing lower grade cymbals within 4 months, and these are the only ones able to take the force I use just naturally when drumming. However, be warned, these cymbals do not have a cheaper "clanging" sound or sound real bright like a studio cymbal. They are in-between mixing the "beauty" of a cymbal with the "beast" of a cymbal. They have a nice punch when you strike them, but the vocal sustain of the cymbal is not extremely long. Therefore, the cymbals are not too loud but loud enough. I rate their value at a 7, however, due to their price. They are hard on the wallet but sweet on the stage. Buy'em...

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Sabian AA-Metal X Crash

I had the 18" version of this cymbal. My band Credence plays a diverse style of metal, kind of like Job for a Cowboy mixed with As I lay Dying. Either...Read complete review

I had the 18" version of this cymbal. My band Credence plays a diverse style of metal, kind of like Job for a Cowboy mixed with As I lay Dying. Either way, I hit kind of hard. This cymbal sounded very good when I got it, but three months later there was a 2 inch chunk missing out of the edge of it. If you want a great sounding cymbal for a style that doesnt hit very hard, this is the way to go. But if you want something more durable, go with some Z Customs.

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4.0

good cymbal craftsmanship going down

By julian minor

from detroit

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Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

The first one i had of these was great and lasted for 4 years before it finally broke. It was medium/thick and was great for using as a crash/ride with a good bell. However, the second one i got seemed a bit thinner and though it sounded about the same lasted about a year. The next one i was going to buy i skipped on because it felt even worse. granted i hit my cymbals pretty hard, still a good cymbal.

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5.0

Great Cymbal!!!!!!!!

By Arkansas Drummer

from Arkansas

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Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

Sabian AA Metal X cymbals have a medium sound, not bright, and not dark. They sound best when played at medium and louder levels. They can be very loud when you need it with a nice medium tone. I've been using a 18" for 5 years now in Metal, Punk, and Grunge Bands and it's still going strong!!! Meanwhile I've ripped through 3 Zildjian Cymbals, but all my Sabian AA's are going strong!!!!

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5.0

perfect cymbal for heavy metal music, period.

By ThrashMaster

from Calvert County, MD

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

ive had this cymbal for 5 years now and it still hasnt cracked or anything. its still sounds brand new. and the sound of the cymbal is perfect for any kind of metal music. just a perfect cymbal all around.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sabian 17

By ytndndrummer

from Amnesis

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Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

I've owned this cymbal for a year now and it has performed above my expectations. It has the response and tone I like in a main crash. The ONLY downside is the thickness makes it hard to do subtle builds but, that is no fault of the design. The bell gives a great tone being that it's unlathed with a brilliant finish(much like the AAXplosion and HHX Evolution crashes, which I also own). As for durability, I can't see why all the broken cymbals in these reviews. I lay into my cymbals fairly hard and I've barely left a mark. The only explanation to me is poor technique. Any cymbal is going to break if you straight bash it with no regard to the actual stroke. In conclusion, these have a great balanced and bright tone and will last forever if you know how to hit 'em.

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5.0

Exactly what i wanted!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

i have the 19 inch, and its perfect for metal! it fills the room with sound, yet isnt to harsh on the ears. it has a long sustain, and a great bell and a icey cool tone. its perfect for crashing but not for accents because it doesnt open too fast. this crash feels like a tank, and i doubt i will ever break it (i treat it like my baby). maybe other people just got a bad batch cause this crash will take a beating

 
1.0

Heavy hitters don't buy.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

Technique 4 hiting cymbals is really in the eye of the beholder.....(Does Tommy Lee Hit the Cymbals Right? LOL)....but if your a heavy hitter this is not the way to go. I'm a touring rock drummer...and I play drums 4 a living...always on the road..these will break super fast with the rigours of the road.

 
5.0

Pretty dag burned good

By Josh-S-a5S

from North of Seattle, WA

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Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

Rings very smoothly when leading with it, solid crash when just hitting it. Very good cymbal, this is the cymbal that turned me on Sabian. Sabian is my favorite brand. Also a good bell sound for improving the bell of a ride cymbal.

 
5.0

KILLER!

By JESUS CHRIST RULZ!

from Charlotte, NC

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Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

Ok...let me get to the point of why I bought a 16" and a 18" Sabian AA Metal-X...I AM A CAVEMAN DRUMMER--even using my wrists properly and not my arms to strike the drums and cymbals! I guess that is the way it is when you are 6'6" and 225lbs and have hands that look like they should be on BigFoot, not a human. Nevertheless, these cymbals can take the beat down. I am known for killing lower grade cymbals within 4 months, and these are the only ones able to take the force I use just naturally when drumming. However, be warned, these cymbals do not have a cheaper "clanging" sound or sound real bright like a studio cymbal. They are in-between mixing the "beauty" of a cymbal with the "beast" of a cymbal. They have a nice punch when you strike them, but the vocal sustain of the cymbal is not extremely long. Therefore, the cymbals are not too loud but loud enough. I rate their value at a 7, however, due to their price. They are hard on the wallet but sweet on the stage. Buy'em...

 
5.0

WOW!! great crash

By AznSabianKing776

from Atlanta

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

I have been playing the drums for close to 5 years now and im a pretty hard hitter when it comes to crashes. I bought this crash about 2 years ago and it's still going great. it produces great sound and the ring and bell of this cymbal is terrific! i would recommend this cymbal to anyone.

 
3.0

Loved it untill it cracked.

By Witchback

from Beckley WV

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Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

I have had my AA metal crash for just about a year I guess. It cracked the other day. I cant remember where I bought it .. So Sabian will not do anything to help me. Its going in the trash can. Im not happy. Oh ya, I broke it with a Vic Firth 7a

 
5.0

Love my new AA metal X

By DreamDrummer

from Cali, Colombia

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

I find that this cymbal is an all round perfect cymbal. If is the perfect blend of sound and pitch. I have played it for 12 months now and no cracks or anything, and i am a pretty heavy hitter. I feel this cymbal tops many others, only rivaled by AAXs, HH and HHXs..

 
5.0

Not for hard-hitters.

By SomthinBIG

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

I bought this cymbal about 3 months ago. It is already starting to crack in 2 places. They might be small but if I were to continue playing it, it would be two huge cracks. It sounds fantastic, but not a long-term cymbal for hard-hitters.

 
5.0

Loud but dark and sweet

By weevilboy

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

These Metal-X cymbals are great for any kind of loud music that requires a heavy yet contained sound. That is, these cymbals cut and roar but don't 'clang' or sound too bright. They are dark and heavy but sing sweet, too. I've got the 16, 18 and 19 inch. They've got nice bells as well as a very nice tone even when 'pinged' with the stick head. Wonderful cymbals!

 
4.0

not all there...

By Hellig_Usvart

from Oceanside, CA

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

I origionally got a 16" two years ago. It sounded great...until it cracked of course. I played it for about 9 months and it started to crack. Half of it eventually completely broke off. Someone then got me an 18" which I've had for a few months now and still plays well. I would recommend AAX over these though. They are brighter sounding and sturdier.

 
4.0

Great Cymbal overall...

By mapexman51

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

I really love the sound of this cymbal, i own the 19", it cuts great and has great definition, although after 4 or 5 months of owning this cymbal it cracked badly. Which I didn't think would happen, being that it is a "metal" X cymbal and its very heavy, but luckily I had insurance coverage on it and got it replaced, overall this cymbal is sounds amazing, but maybe a little bit of false advertisement on Sabians part.

 
5.0

Sabian Metal x 16

By FDDrummer06

from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

great cymbal for almost any type of music. Use it in my metal band, for my school's jazz band, and in my classic rock cover band. Extremely versatile and durable.

 
2.0

disappointed

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

my 19" crash cracked today after playing it for a month. i play hard and bought all "metal" aa cymbals for this reason. i'm very disappointed in sabian and i would not buy the crash if you want it to last any time. so far the hihat and ride seem to be holding up...but to be honest...i'm just waiting for the next crack...HUGE waste of my money if i can't get these replaced!

 
5.0

good

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

it is a good sounding cymbal. its not too loud, the thing that surprised me was that mym 16 inch stage cymbal was louder than this, other than that, i like the cymbal

 
5.0

awesome cymbal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

i have broken at least 6 cymbals in my 4 years of playing but, this one is still alive after 2. this cymbal has great projection, and cuts through awesomely. very durable and the bell is amazing. definitely worth every penny!!!!!

 
5.0

Power cymbal for heavy hitters.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sabian AA Metal-X Crash Cymbal:

These cymbals are dark, explosive and rich in thier tone. Made for the gorilla handed stick wielders of hard rock, metal and punk, these bad boys take a licking and keep on ticking! I LOVE these things and they are good enough to record professionally! They have a violent metalic "clash" sound that sounds like 2 cars in a head on collision. These babys aint for the faint of heart though not quite as dark and "clangy" sounding as Paiste Rude's. Sonically matched they are a plus in any set!

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