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Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal

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SabianHHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal
 
4.9

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright sound (5)
  • Focused crash (5)
  • Responsive feel (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent cymbals!!!

I am writing this review and basing my ratings on ONLY the HHX Evolution series splashes and various crashes (including o-zone crashes and effecks crashes). These are the best cymbals ever made. These...Read complete review

I am writing this review and basing my ratings on ONLY the HHX Evolution series splashes and various crashes (including o-zone crashes and effecks crashes). These are the best cymbals ever made. These are second best only to the discontinued first generation evolution cymbals, which had traditional finish and raw bells (They were definitely slightly better cymbals back then). The 18" ozone crash is overbearing and is not very musical like the rest of the crashes (hard rockers will probably like this model). The 16" ozone crash is perfect. The 8", 10" and 12" splashes are the best in the business as are the 16" and 17" regular crashes. As with the 18" ozone crash, the 18" regular crash is just a little bit too much. The 17" effecks crash is sounds great with or without the 3 rivets (I'm not even sure if they still sell it with the rivets...I haven't seen one with rivets in a while). The reason I excluded the HHX Evolution line of hi-hats and ride in this review is because they are by far among the worst hi-hats and ride cymbals in the business. I don't know what happened, but they are terrible cymbals. Also because I don't use any other splahes or crashes from any other line from sabian or any other company, so adding them in this review would bring the score down dramatically. If you're curious about what I use for hi-hats and rides, I prefer Zildjian 13" or 14" A Custom Mastersound hi-hats, and Sabian AAX 20" or 21"(special order) Dry Ride or 21"(special order) AAX Metal Ride. I'm specifically writing this review for real working drummers and musicians who but their gear for how great it SOUNDS (As a plus, these cymbals really look great too), not for the people who will go and buy the whole line of cymbals because Dave Weckl's name is on them. I really don't care about Weckl, I use these cymbals because they SOUND GREAT, not because Weckl's great...And that's how it should be!!!****

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NOT FOR HARD HITTERS

I've been playing drums for 14 years and have always been an endorser of Sabian. They are the best sounding cymbals. I play in a progressive rock band and I am a large man...Read complete review

I've been playing drums for 14 years and have always been an endorser of Sabian. They are the best sounding cymbals. I play in a progressive rock band and I am a large man (6'7 260lbs.) I know I'm a hard hitter but I also know how to hit my drums. I've only broke two cymbals in all my years of drumming, and that occurred after years of beating them. I purchased the 18 inch HHX Evolution after numerous reviews and extensive research. I immediately fell in love with its responsive sound and bright tones. I did notice how easily it bent and bowed when riding on this crash. I did everything I could to help the crash help me. After 4 months and 12 shows, 4 practices a week, the power of my hitting and the thinness of this crash ended in a crack along the edge. The cymbal died immediately. Lesson learned.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

NOT FOR HARD HITTERS

By Jwags76

from Fort Worth, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Bright Sound
  • Focused Crash

Cons

  • Chips Easily

Best Uses

    Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

    I've been playing drums for 14 years and have always been an endorser of Sabian. They are the best sounding cymbals. I play in a progressive rock band and I am a large man (6'7 260lbs.) I know I'm a hard hitter but I also know how to hit my drums. I've only broke two cymbals in all my years of drumming, and that occurred after years of beating them. I purchased the 18 inch HHX Evolution after numerous reviews and extensive research. I immediately fell in love with its responsive sound and bright tones. I did notice how easily it bent and bowed when riding on this crash. I did everything I could to help the crash help me. After 4 months and 12 shows, 4 practices a week, the power of my hitting and the thinness of this crash ended in a crack along the edge. The cymbal died immediately. Lesson learned.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Don't think, Just BUY!!

    By drumaholic

    from IL

    Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

    I tried a couple of crashes including a Zildijian K custom, A custom, Sabian Vault and this is the one I bought and it was the best money I have ever spent. It can be hit with a stick or tapped with your finger and sounds perfect. It truly is the perfect crash sound. Bravo Sabian, bravo.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EXCELLENT

    By drewihle

    from Ohio

    Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

    Bought the 18in of this crash without trying it out and instead reading a ton of reviews. This is my favorite cymbal I have on my entire kit. I have all HHX and AAX cymbals. You can play it so many different ways. It's thin design makes it able to get a beautiful tone without smashing it, but it's not to thin. I'd recommend this cymbal for any style of music. It will sound the way you want it to.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very loud, but sounds amazing!!

    By JKM351-Fppzr

    from Floyds Knobs, IN

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    Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

    I recently purchased this cymbal not know what to expect, but I figured for the price it better sound incredible! Well, it does! I was very impressed on how loud yet clean the cymbal is! I love it! Do yourself a favor and buy it! You get what you pay for!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful Cymbal

    By The Beanery

    from Bay City, MI

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    Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

    I've now had this cymbal for about 6 monthes and all I can say is....wonderful. This cymbal can take any hit you throw at it, you can use this cymbal in a jazz band and you could turn around and play speed punk with it. Its just a all around great cymbal.

    (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Sucks

    By Drummer-XxweW

    from Pocatello, ID

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    Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

    It broke twice. Twice. Two times it broke. I got one it broke and then i got another and it broke.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just buy it

    By drummernerd86

    from Minneapolis

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    Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

    If you are on the fence about buying this cymbal, hop on the Sabian bandwagon and buy it. This crash is versatile, you can play hard rock, or jazz or anything in between. It has the sweetest decay sound thats right out of a recording.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Sounding Cymbal I Own !!

    By pearldrummer06

    from Ohio

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    Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

    Bought this cymbal in replace of a crash I broke. I bought a 15 inch and the sound this cymbal produces is unlike anything ive heard. I will buy the 16,17,18 inch cymbals as well.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    good

    By Shamus11321

    from Bremerton WA

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    Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

    This cymbal is alright. It's pretty thin. It's great for soft songs but if you play loud, I wouldn't suggest this. Has a good ringing length.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gorgeous Response my little 17

    By Erborg 17

    from Hamilton Ontario

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    Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

    I have a kit full of K crashes, rides, etc and wanted something brighter and louder with great response to compliment my two K crashes which have a quieter warmer sound. This baby is the answer with a beautiful bell for riding and a buttery response. This isnt no garbage lid, this thing has a beautiful explosion when needed but is musically responsive at low volume levels. Im- sigh- in love....

     
    5.0

    Top-of-the-line Crash

    By JMEarl

    from Augusta, GA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Bright Sound
    • Focused Crash
    • Responsive Feel
    • Smooth Accent Crash

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

        Recently acquired the 16" HHX Evo Crash, and it is that top-of-the-line crash, as expected. It's a little bit of a thinner cymbal, but delivers just the same. Hit it hard and get a hard crash; hit it softly and get a soft crash. Soft crash? Is there a thing? Yes, you will love that darker shimmering sound. It is a great smooth accent just when you need that "mellow crash" sound. It reminds me of that AA Thin Crash or AAX Fast Crash sound...only better. I recommend you listen to it in person prior to buying it, especially for the price. But, I'm sure you'll find it lives up to its reputation.

         
        5.0

        AMAZING

        By Ben

        from TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright Sound
        • Responsive Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

            Amazing crash, you dont have to hit hard to get the full sound, sounds great, looks great, and performs great. It is a bit thin though, so I wouldn't hit too hard as it will probably break easily.

             
            5.0

            2 Thumbs up!

            By Rodney

            from Missouri

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

            • Bright Sound
            • Explosive Attack
            • Focused Crash

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • For Everything

              Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

              Great cymbal!!!

               
              5.0

              Beautiful

              By thaddusf

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Focused Crash
              • Full Crash
              • Responsive Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Jazz Clubs
                • School Bands

                Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

                Excellent sound. One of the best I've heard.

                 
                5.0

                The most amazing cymbal you'll ever hear

                By z1mmy244

                from Pa

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

                I've tried many many crashes and this one just stands out. Tap it with your finger, or smash it with your stick, it still sounds great. Its the perfect mix of dark, bright, and projection. This crash can get in your face as much as you want, or have it lay back and be mellow. It's great for every genre. Favorite Crash In The World.

                 
                5.0

                Best Cymbal I Have Ever Heard!

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

                This is, by far, the best cymbal i have ever heard, ever. I recently used it at a drum competion and just died when I heard it(My friend also owns one). I immediately went home to get one for myself and was amazed at it's low price. For such a great cymbal, I expected it to be much lower. I have ordered a 16", but it has not arrived yet. I also plan to get another 16" and an 18". I highly recommend that anyone who wants a great cymbal to get this one. You will get your money's worth and then some. Don't waste your money on anything less just to save money, you will be happy you didn't.

                 
                5.0

                Pure Audial Bliss

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

                I bought the 18" Crash a couple years ago, and it is still the best-sounding cymbal I have ever heard. It sounds great at all volume levels, and is very sturdy for how thin it is. These cymbals are slowly replacing all others in my set.

                 
                5.0

                Lovely

                By Scott-BW1ww

                from Saugus, MA

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                Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

                After long consideration while buying new crashes, I decided, in a blind test, that this was by far the best sounding cymbal. Cuts extremely well and plays great heavy or light. I can't see myself, If given any free crash cymbal in the world, buying something else. I own the 16" and 18"

                 
                5.0

                The best Sabian's

                By Pearl_drummer-PAe40

                from Dallas, tx

                Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

                Dude, If you dont like these you must have high HIGH expectaions cause these cymbals rock man. I got a 16" and a 18" crashs and they are wonderfull. Not only are they loud enough but they sound supurb (and I already had the 22" HHx ride). This is the 2nd 16" crash I bought cause the other cracked but it was after about a year and a half of playing metal on it. So it lasted pretty good. BUY THEM and ENJOY THEM. Thanks.

                 
                5.0

                uuuuhhhhhhhh

                By Wave Deckl

                from The big empty, DM Iowa

                Comments about Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal:

                Imagine the sound of a wave crashing. no really. take a second and imagine the sound. now make it metal. This cymbal starts with a swishing sound, then quickly expands and explodes at just the right time. It sounds like a perfectly EQ'd crash. after this baby, everything else sounds like a tin can.

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