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Sabian XS20 Medium-Thin Crash Cymbal

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Combining the fast response, bright tonality, and a touch of power, this is a very versatile cymbal in just about any setup.Blending Sabian B20 bronz...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great balance of qualities.

Combining the fast response, bright tonality, and a touch of power, this is a very versatile cymbal in just about any setup.
Blending Sabian B20 bronze with modern technology yields cymbals of premium quality at a low price. The secret-process B20 alloy is precision crafted to deliver incredible value.


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4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

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The best for the money

OK, guys, let's get it straight. If you want something that attacks then dies fast, get the XS20 rock crash and you'll love it. I don't want that. I want great attack...Read complete review

OK, guys, let's get it straight. If you want something that attacks then dies fast, get the XS20 rock crash and you'll love it. I don't want that. I want great attack and sustain. THIS IS THE CYMBAL, unless you wanna pay double the price for only slightly better sound. Every other cymbal of mine is now a Paiste and I love 'em, I've used Zildjian and they're good but pricey for the sound. The XS20's are indestructible, cheap, good looking, consistent, and multifunctional. The only crash that sounds better in Sabians line PERIOD is the HHX Evolution, which is too fragile for aggressive drumming. The XS20 is great, everyone should try one.

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XS20 Medium-Thin Crash

I bought this cymbal about 2 months ago hoping to get a versatile, all around good cymbal. I thought that because I read the reviews on musicians friend. Well I was absolutely wrong...Read complete review

I bought this cymbal about 2 months ago hoping to get a versatile, all around good cymbal. I thought that because I read the reviews on musicians friend. Well I was absolutely wrong about this cymbal.It cracked in half 5 days after I got it, and I'm not a hard hitter at all.It sounded beautiful when I had it, but quality was not up to par, good for jazz, bad for rock or country or anything that requires hard hitting.If you do, in fact hit hard, I'd recommend mediums or rock. In the same price range, I'd recommend the ZXT line from zildjian over xs20s. If you have more money to spend on a cymbal, go with Paiste's RUDE line or Zildjian Z Custom.

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5.0

Full bodied sound and quality at a cheap price

By Drummer4Life-JfPhE

from Sacramento, CA

Full bodied sound and the strength that Sabian guarantees. This cymbal is matched only by other Sabian products.

 
5.0

awesome!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I just got this cymbal a couple days ago, and It's one of the best cymbals i have ever played! i was blown away by how loud it was too. i would say it's comparable to the AA Thin Crash! highly recommended for anyone!

 
5.0

Great sound, very strong.

By Bryan-qHneB

from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

I love this cymbal, I have the 16" and am getting an 18". I have XS hats, ride, and am going to do my whole set with these cymbals, they are great.

 
5.0

better thatn u'd think.

By Seh86IAoc

from Norwalk, CA

i was looking for some cymbols that would for fill my needs in quality and sound. and these cought my eye a while ago. i finaly got a chance to ty them, and there more than i hoped they would be. they may not be an A custum. but to me they sound better than the Z custums. i am a zildjin fan my self. but these XS cymbols are awsome . and they are at any drummers low budget. my advice,coming from along time drummer, is if u have a low money income but want quality. then pick these up to day!!!!

 
5.0

Great cymbal

By Scheindogg69

from Bellevue Wa

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This cymbal is great!When i got it, it was used but it still soundedn terrific.It seems very durable and has a great sound, especially for rock, classic rock, etc.

 
3.0

XS20 Medium-Thin Crash

By Sanitariumxx

from Reading, PA

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I bought this cymbal about 2 months ago hoping to get a versatile, all around good cymbal. I thought that because I read the reviews on musicians friend. Well I was absolutely wrong about this cymbal.It cracked in half 5 days after I got it, and I'm not a hard hitter at all.It sounded beautiful when I had it, but quality was not up to par, good for jazz, bad for rock or country or anything that requires hard hitting.If you do, in fact hit hard, I'd recommend mediums or rock. In the same price range, I'd recommend the ZXT line from zildjian over xs20s. If you have more money to spend on a cymbal, go with Paiste's RUDE line or Zildjian Z Custom.

 
4.0

Great for the price and sounds nice too

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is great for anyone who wants a low priced crash cymbal that can easily pump out some quality. However this cymbal is best off when played loudly. It deserves respect for sounding acceptable and being at a great price.

 
5.0

Great Cymbal

By AguDrum

from Uruguay

Great cymbal, I own a medium thin one year ago and it is intact. I broke a B8 crash in few months, but XS20 stands too much, and sound much better. Good sustain, good attack, great for the price.

 
5.0

cyambal review

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this cymbal is a great buy, i bought it with the xs20 rock crash (18 inch). This cymbal, of the two, sounds better, it's very dark warm and washy. The only problem is for those hard hitters. **This cymbal dents rather easily, and i'm worried that i will break it** it's still good for quiet, laid back playing, but if you're hardcore, i'd go with something heavier.

 
5.0

Incredible buy.

By Chris-5smzZ

from Johnson City, TN

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I've been drumming about 9 years, and I use mostly Zildjian cymbals. This is the first Sabian I've owned, and I'm very impressed. DON'T let the price fool you on this one. This cymbal has a great, full crash to it. I don't want to use weird terms, since those don't really make sense.. let me just say that when you hit this cymbal, the sound changes a lot from the time you strike it until it stops ringing. It's very dynamic, and I use it a whole lot. If you want a nice deep sound, I recommend this. Go to Sabian's site and listen to it to be sure, though.

 
3.0

Not for every one, but good

By Mike-9o49w

from Nevada City

In my opinion, this cymbal sounds WAY TO MUCH LIKE A RIDE CYMBAL. Not for anyone who wants a crash to be a strong atack with fast decay ( this thing rings NON STOP )

 
5.0

XS 20 16

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The Sabian XS20 16" medium thin crash is a terrific sounding crash cymbal and a great bargain for the money. It has a very clean and somewhat darker sound with a pleasant sustain. It has no undesirable overtones. If you pair this with an 18" crash like a Paiste PST 5, it makes a great combination. Again, for the price of this cymbal you will be very happy.

 
5.0

Great

By Armando-Vrtuo

from Texas

I bought this cymbal at a music convention and it surprised me. I have played on the best HH Sabians and these X20's vibrate exactly the same way (same bronze). Save up a little more money and get these instead of B8's if you're just starting, they'll be worth it.

 
5.0

I was surprised

By Mike S-rCjIO

from PA

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Wow. I bought an XS20 Pack and man i was surprised. These are good cymbals. I own a 16 inch XS20 crash and it works really well with my 17 inch Zildjian A series crash. And they are CHEAP! If you're strapped for cash this is a good deal.

 
4.0

XS20

By MusiciansMission

from RI

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The sabian XS20's are acually one of my favorite cymbols becuase I have tight budget and if you do too they are perfect. They can take a beating for quite a long time but right now I own the 16 inch and its lasted for a few months now the longest of any cymbol ive ever had and it has a crisp attack and a quick decay. Perfect for faster playing. its bright without being to "annoying". I am to be purchasing the 18 inch pretty soon because I heard that cymbol and its a perfect match for the 16 inch it has the same attack but a longer decay but a great tone.

 
5.0

The best for the money

By Caz-7_UdT

from manhattan, KS

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OK, guys, let's get it straight. If you want something that attacks then dies fast, get the XS20 rock crash and you'll love it. I don't want that. I want great attack and sustain. THIS IS THE CYMBAL, unless you wanna pay double the price for only slightly better sound. Every other cymbal of mine is now a Paiste and I love 'em, I've used Zildjian and they're good but pricey for the sound. The XS20's are indestructible, cheap, good looking, consistent, and multifunctional. The only crash that sounds better in Sabians line PERIOD is the HHX Evolution, which is too fragile for aggressive drumming. The XS20 is great, everyone should try one.

 
5.0

Puts The Cra-ck in Crash!

By NumbSkuLL

from Florida

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Overall, i loved the 16" Medium-Thin Crash I had for about a year and a half, but being a hard-hitting metal drummer that puts ALOT of energy into his music, doesn't help the Medium-Thin part.I wouldn't recommend this cymbal to hard-hitters necessarily, but the sound is amazingly washy and impressive compared to others...I recommend a thicker cymbal, but not heavy for drummers like myself. Good cymbal for like rock or blues though!

 
5.0

quality, value

By n2dubes

from Garfield, NJ

I own the 16" med. crash. Great crash sound with perfect sustain. My experience with all of Sabian products is that they offer the highest quality products at the best prices. A firstrate company all around.

 
3.0

put your money somewhere else

By Hailas!!!

from Portland, OR

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I have a sabian XS20 16" medium thin crash. It's loud. That's the only positive feature of it. I was comparing it to a zildjian A custom a few minutes ago, and the zildjian was much brighter with more tones/coloring. The sabian has a lot of sound, but the sound isn't especially pleasing.

 
5.0

Sweetness

By JordisonIsMyTwin

from Kentwood, LA

I got a 14 incher in a package about 6 months ago. I play Death Metal and during shows adrenaline usually gets the best of me so I hit relatively hard. This cymbal has held up without a dent or a crack night after night. I use it as my main crash a lot of the time and it has held up wonderfully. It is very wallet-friendly and has a good sound, very bright and it project fairly well for a small crash. I highly recommend it if you are short on cash and want good quality for a good price.

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