With the Sabian Arena Mix AAX/HHX Cymbal Pack, for the first time ever, Sabian proudly offers a mixed series box set. The set furnishes an ideal mix of bright and dark cymbal sounds to complement any musical style.
AAX and HHX cymbals sonically matched in the Sabian Vault by master cymbal artisans.
- AAX/HHX ARENA MIX SET
- 14" AAX X-Celerator Hi-hats
- 16" HHX X-Plosion Crash
- 18" HHX X-Plosion Crash
- 20" AAX Stage Ride
Mixed and matched for the discerning drummer.
Review Snapshot®by PowerReviews
Reviewed by 1 customer
Displaying review 1
- Focused Crash
- Responsive Feel
Comments about Sabian AAX/HHX Mix Cymbal Pack:
I bought these as an attempt to replicate the sound of my previous setup, which included 14" Zildjian New Beat Hats, 17" and 19" K Zildjian Thin Crashes, and a 21" Sabian Raw Bell Dry Ride. It was certainly more economical than going for the exact replacements.
The run down:
The AAX Xcelerator hats have the "wavey" bottom thing going to air from getting trapped, while also leading to a quick decay. This is good or bad depending on what you want to do. If you like to strike the hate once and get a long sustain, these will not work. If you want quick strokes for busy playing, they might be a good fit. They are not as bright as I feared they might be, and they have a pleasant "bark," not as funky as a K Zildjian or Sabian HH, but warmer than I would expect.
The 16" Crash lives up to its Xplosion name, opening up quickly with minimal effort, with a reasonably quick decay. It is just a tad dark, in a good way, but it is much more focused than something like a traditional K or Sabian HH.
The 18" Crash really caught me off guard, and not in a good way. It opens up a little too quickly for a cymbal its size, and it is jarringly loud compared to the rest of the set. Mine is also higher pitched than the 16" on the initial attack. I crash it because it is there, but for me what works best for me is riding the large, unlathed bell. I'd rather just have a Raw Bell Ride, but this is a pleasing substitute.
The ride is a slightly more focused version of the classic Medium Ride. It has fewer overtones, but is not "pingy" or "dry." I would classify it as "safe." That is to say, you could use it at most gigs and it would not draw attention to itself, but neither is it a "wow, what a great cymbal" ride.
Despite my misgivings, I do think this is a quality set that is worth considering, especially is you want fast, brighter hats and ride, without the cutting bright crashes that are frequently packaged with that combo.