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      SabianAAXplosion Crash Cymbal
       
      4.9

      (based on 91 reviews)

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      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Bright sound (8)
      • Responsive feel (7)
      • Explosive attack (6)
      • Full crash (6)
      • Focused crash (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small venues (3)
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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

        Best crashes I've ever played

        By Michael8262

        from Pleasanton, CA

        About Me Experienced

        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 AAXplosion 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

          By Mike

          from NEPA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Bright Sound
          • Explosive Attack
          • Full Crash

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sabian AAXplosion 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

              By MapexMARS

              from Indiana

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sabian AAXplosion 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 Dr. Rock

                  from Kingsport, TN

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                  Pros

                  • Bright Sound
                  • Full Crash
                  • Responsive Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Sabian AAXplosion 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 Jay179

                    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 AAXplosion 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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                      5.0

                      Very bright

                      By Garold de Magnus

                      from Felton, PA

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                      Pros

                      • Bright Sound
                      • Explosive Attack
                      • Responsive Feel

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Anything

                        Comments about Sabian AAXplosion Crash Cymbal:

                        This cymbal is very light and thin, even compared to my other crashes labelled "thin". It cuts through very well, even competes with my HHX 18 inch china. Great for accents, riding, whatever.

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                        5.0

                        Amazing!

                        By AlexDerivat

                        from Bucharest, RO

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Alternativ Rock

                          Comments about Sabian AAXplosion Crash Cymbal:

                          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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                          5.0

                          AAXplosion Crash Cymbals

                          By Steve Travelstead

                          from Kentucky

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                          • Bright Sound
                          • Explosive Attack
                          • Responsive Feel

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Small Venues
                            • Soundtracks

                            Comments about Sabian AAXplosion Crash Cymbal:

                            I bought the 18", and ended up going back and getting the 16", and 17". These cymbals sound great regardles of where you play them.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            sabian AAX

                            By christopher buck

                            from southern illinois

                            Comments about Sabian AAXplosion Crash Cymbal:

                            this cymbal here. i am extremely pleased with! i'm into heavy music. what i like most about it is that u don't have to hit it hard to sound good. I highly recomend the 18 inch!

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                            5.0

                            18" Sabian AAXplosion Fast Crash

                            By Dustin Turner

                            from kentucky

                            Comments about Sabian AAXplosion Crash Cymbal:

                            i think that this is probably the best crash cymbal i have ever played on. i used to love zildjian a-customs.. in the stores. but live they're not loud enough. this cymbal cuts through so well ,just like the rest of the aax family. i will definitely be purchasing more. if i were to upgrade my cymbals, it would be to Meinl Byzances. but until then, im sticking with theses. best cymbal i have ever played.
                            Super shiny.
                            I bought the 18" Fast Crash used. I didnt realize that it was an Extra-Thin cymbal until i was reading up about it a few hours before it arrived at my home. seeing as how im a hard hitter, i thought this cymbal would be a little sketchy for me. i decided to just see how it went. as i opened it, i noticed that since this was my first brilliant cymbal ( about a month or so earlier i bought a used aax stage ride for around 160 in brilliant finish but it was a few years old and the finish had somewhat been worn down ) it was a true fingerprint magnet. ( when playing i refrain from choking the cymbal just because it looks cool without the prints.... ha) i placed it on my stand and gave it a whack. i knew that from the first crash it was definitely a keeper. ive been playing it hard for around a month and a half now, and no dents/stickmarks whatsoever, amazing.
                            i bought it used for $145 so i cant say much about the value, but it was like new. but i definitely recommend busting out the money for this cymbal, or for the penny-pinchers, grab it used before someone else does.

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