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Sabian AAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal   

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With its streamlined design and response-shaping Auto-Focus feature, AAXplosion delivers penetrating definition with total presence and power. Brilli...Read More

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      Bursting with bright, explosive attack.

      With its streamlined design and response-shaping Auto-Focus feature, AAXplosion delivers penetrating definition with total presence and power. Brilliant finish. Medium.


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      SabianAAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal
       
      4.9

      (based on 96 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

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      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Bright sound (11)
      • Explosive attack (10)
      • Responsive feel (10)
      • Full crash (9)
      • Focused crash (6)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Small venues (5)
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      Amazing!

      I have bought de 16" crash and I am stunned by its sound and attack, as well as its sustain. This cymbal offers a powerful and bright sound. I really like this...Read complete review

      I have bought de 16" crash and I am stunned by its sound and attack, as well as its sustain. This cymbal offers a powerful and bright sound. I really like this crash!

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      20 inch - a bit too much

      I was very happy with my 19 inch that I used for about 2-3 years. It cracked during the warranty period and I got it replaced and then recently, the 2nd one...Read complete review

      I was very happy with my 19 inch that I used for about 2-3 years. It cracked during the warranty period and I got it replaced and then recently, the 2nd one cracked. I used the 19in to my left, mostly for accents so it wasn't my "main cymbal". I decided to go with the 20inch as my main cymbal since I've been breaking the 19in AA Metal-X's too frequently lately and thought I would try something different. I bought the 20 inch on a whim, without trying it in the store, hoping that being bigger, it might last longer. I played one gig and have decided to send this back. Simply, its just too much. This cymbal is beyond bright and cuts like no other. Very shimmering and loud to the point of overkill. It drowns out my 18in AAX stage crash. However, even though its a 20 inch, the cymbal is not very thick and I can see this thing breaking very quickly. Overall I was disappointed with the 20 inch. If you are looking for something on the heavy side that you can crash ride with, this is the not the cymbal for you. However, the 19 and 18inch versions would great additions to your kit so long as they don't get abused.

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      5.0

      Found the great crash sound I was looking for

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      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Bright Sound
      • Full Crash
      • Responsive Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sabian AAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal:

          I purchased the AAX Xplosion Fast Crash and wasn't happy because it didn't have a sustained crash sound. I also learned after the fact that it was a thinner material (my fault). This 16" goes with my 18" Xplosion great. I found the sound I was looking for in a 16" crash. It has a full and sustained sound. It just feels right. Very happy with this cymbal.

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          5.0

          super durable love it

          By 

          from Bath NC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Bright Sound
          • Durable
          • Explosive Attack
          • Focused Crash
          • Responsive Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Styles Of Music

            Comments about Sabian AAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal:

            I have the 15" it sounds awesome and I love it , I perform several days a week and this has outlasted any brand of 14" or 15" thin -med crashes I've ever owned and I whip it!!!!

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            5.0

            AAX X-Plosion Crash Cymbal 15-inch

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            from Somewhere, MN

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Explosive Attack
            • Full Crash
            • Great For Cymbal Swells

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Church
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Sabian AAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal:

              This cymbal gets you the bang for the buck!

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              5.0

              Excellent crash cymbal!

              By 

              from Tennessee

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Bright Sound
              • Explosive Attack
              • Focused Crash
              • Full Crash
              • Responsive Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sabian AAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal:

                  I use these crashes for my style of music and they work perfectly. I have an 18 & 19 inch AAXplosion crash. I play heavy/progressive/pop music. They are loud and cut through the mix very well. They also work well during our softer jazz/blues sections. For the price, reliability and warranty, they can't be beat.

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                  5.0

                  I really like this sound

                  By 

                  from Houma La.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Explosive Attack
                  • Focused Crash

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Sabian AAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal:

                    The focused sound is awesome great w the 16 in AAx

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                    5.0

                    Best crashes I've ever played

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                    from Pleasanton, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Bright Sound
                    • Doesn't Crack Easily
                    • Explosive Attack
                    • Focused Crash
                    • Full Crash
                    • Not Too Loud
                    • Plays Well
                    • Responsive Feel

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Anything

                      Comments about Sabian AAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal:

                      I own the 15", 16", and 18" XPlosion crashes, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I've played high-end Paiste, Meinl, Zildjian, etc. and I will always come back to these (or the HHX line) as favorites. They sound amazing, especially for recording. 15" and 16" are extremely bright and have a relatively high pitch, so they're perfect as accent crashes. The 18" is my ideal main crash. I can't even really explain why, I just love it. The 18 is a little loud out of the bag, so a little bit of any dampening product will make it sound just great. None of them have cracked so far (I've had them for about a year and a half), and they don't show any signs of doing so any time soon. I love them. They're beautiful, too.

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                      5.0

                      Probably the best crashes price/quality

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                      from NEPA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Bright Sound
                      • Explosive Attack
                      • Full Crash

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sabian AAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal:

                          I used to cheap out and buy mid range cymbals (xs20, Alpha, PST5) but these are incredible for the price. Loud but not obnoxious, they are the perfect tone I look for in a crash. The unlathed bell sounds great as well. The only negative I see is that the 16in (I have the 16 and 18) is a bit too shimmery to be a normal use crash. Either way it's great as an accent. tl;dr, great sound, good price, buy them.

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                          5.0

                          My Favorite Crash

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                          from Indiana

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                          Pros

                          • Bright Sound
                          • Focused Crash
                          • Full Crash
                          • Responsive Feel

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sabian AAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal:

                              This is by far the best crash cymbal that i've ever used. I have the 16inch and it sounds amazing. It's got a great bright tone and can cut through when played loud, and it also sustains the bright tone even when played softly. The bell sounds great and the sustain when hit is perfect. It also has a great build up sound when adding dramic cymbal rolls. Just an all around great cymbal.

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                              4.0

                              versatile performer

                              By 

                              from Kingsport, TN

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Bright Sound
                              • Full Crash
                              • Responsive Feel

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Small Venues

                                Comments about Sabian AAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal:

                                This replaces my 17" medium thin A crash. I really liked the fast splash of that cymbal, but it's the second one I've cracked....time to move on. I'm not a big hitter and play 7A sticks.
                                The AAX definitely has more heft (I got the 17") and I feel like I can (hopefully) bang away on it all day for many years to come. Bright but not instantaneous response that projects nicely...only my bass is mic'd. The bell is bigger and sounds better than the A. I will definitely go through a bunch more sticks, wood flying everywhere when I ride it; but a solid, bouncy response.
                                I haven"t played it long enough, nor played enough other cymbals to rate it a 5 (yet). Nonetheless, I'm pleased as it is a sonically more powerful compliment to my beloved, splashy Paragon.

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                                5.0

                                Amazing

                                By 

                                from Westport,Ct

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

                                • Bright Sound
                                • Explosive Attack
                                • Full Crash
                                • Responsive Feel

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Sabian AAX X-plosion Crash Cymbal:

                                  This is the best crash I've ever had in my life. It hasn't broken and I've had it for a while, beat it out a lot and its still doing the job. Definetly good for any type of playing. Very bright

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