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Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash

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Intense ZBT sounds to start your set.

The Zildijian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack is the perfect starter kit when you decide to add cymbals to your drum set. With a sleek, polished look, these cymbals have the power to project through the rest of the music. These cymbals will speak brightly when struck and then quickly die away. This set includes an 18 crash that has a great ride with a brilliant crash. The pair of 18 hi-hats offers a sharp, controlled sound. The free 14 crash is the perfect first crash and delivers an outstanding finish. The cymbals are formed from a high-quality bronze alloy which is carefully hammered and lathed for optimal sound production. The result is full projection, a bright sound, and focused control.

FEATURES
  • 18" crash ride
  • 13" hi-hats
  • Free 14" crash
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ZildjianZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash
 
3.5

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright sound (5)
  • Explosive attack (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid foundation for your kit

This is a good, solid set of cymbals for getting started. They came with my Ludwig Accent kit, so it wasn't a conscious choice to get them, but I've been pleasantly surprised. ...Read complete review

This is a good, solid set of cymbals for getting started. They came with my Ludwig Accent kit, so it wasn't a conscious choice to get them, but I've been pleasantly surprised. Good sound out of all pieces. I got another 14" crash because I liked the bright, fast-decaying sound, and the second one gives a slightly different tone. Took some time for them to "play" into their best sound, but for the price you can't get any better. My kit has a combination of ZBTs and ZHTs and I they make for a nice variety of sounds, tones, and accents.

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Boo Zildjian

I've played Zildjian cymbals for over 30 years and they are still my favorites. But these entry level ZBT's are not worthy of the name. I had to play on them recently on the...Read complete review

I've played Zildjian cymbals for over 30 years and they are still my favorites. But these entry level ZBT's are not worthy of the name. I had to play on them recently on the house set at a blues club, and I felt they sounded pretty bad. If you're just starting out, you can put some good heads on cheap drums and tweak the sound so that it is decent, but there is no way to improve the sound of a lousy cymbal. Try the Meinl or Wuhans in this price range. Or save up and get some real Zildjians.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid foundation for your kit

By MadMark12

from Minnesota

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Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

This is a good, solid set of cymbals for getting started. They came with my Ludwig Accent kit, so it wasn't a conscious choice to get them, but I've been pleasantly surprised. Good sound out of all pieces. I got another 14" crash because I liked the bright, fast-decaying sound, and the second one gives a slightly different tone. Took some time for them to "play" into their best sound, but for the price you can't get any better. My kit has a combination of ZBTs and ZHTs and I they make for a nice variety of sounds, tones, and accents.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Eh... They're Alright.

By TNPdrummer

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

I receivced this pack of cymbals for Christmas 4 years ago when i originally started drumming. Not bad for beginning drummers. They sound Ok for the price, the price is also really good for a starter set like these. The only thing i don't like about them is that they break after about 6 months, or so mine did after buying them 3 times... Big Mistake! I now use these cymbals for when i don't want to kill my A Customs (also by Zildjian). This review is going off of the 16" Crash, 13" hi hats (i still use these as my main hi hats) and 18" crash/ride. If you are a beginning drummer or even intermediate and do not have much $ for cymbals... Get these.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Boo Zildjian

By TimeToDrum

from jacksonville

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Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

I've played Zildjian cymbals for over 30 years and they are still my favorites. But these entry level ZBT's are not worthy of the name. I had to play on them recently on the house set at a blues club, and I felt they sounded pretty bad. If you're just starting out, you can put some good heads on cheap drums and tweak the sound so that it is decent, but there is no way to improve the sound of a lousy cymbal. Try the Meinl or Wuhans in this price range. Or save up and get some real Zildjians.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL

By Nick_Knack

from Texas

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Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

To all you people praising these cymbals, Do you have ears? Serious question.

Well, anyone with ears can tell these cymbals are just the weakest," grossest sounding cymbals out there. They are just terrible.

Don't be misled by the ""do not own the product""", please. I have played on the set of these ZBTs my church bought for their youth worship band. I'm no expert," but I have been playing long enough to discern good sounds from bad ones. These are just not good for anything at all except perhaps something to put dampeners on to play quietly (just something to be in the way of your stick in order to practice) or to put on a small child's mini drumset...I don't really want you to get these because you will need others right when you get them because you will cringe at their lackluster tone.

Really. This is the most basic situation of ""SAVE UP SOME MONEY"" if it means not getting cymbals for maybe another few months", IT'S WORTH IT. Please. You'll have to turn around and drop more money on other cymbals. Don't waste the money you've already saved up.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Buy

By Mikie

from South Louisiana

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Classic Rock Band
    • Country
    • Hard Rock

    Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

    I have been playing Drums for 38 years, and I never comment on equipment, until I have had a chance to use it, not on first impression !!! I got this Cymbal pack 2 years ago, and have been using them regularly since !!! While I believe in playing my drums not beating them, when I jam I jam !!! This set has absolutely exceeded my expectations !!! I thought the 14" would be the first to go, but that little joker is tough !!! It's loud and crisp, and cuts right through the music when we jam !!! The 18" depending on how you play it, is either warm and full, or radical and loud, you decide !!! The High Hats are powerful enough and have a good chick !!! Coming out of retirement and jamming again, for the money you pay for these guys, if you aren't pleased with this value and sound, you can't be pleased !!! They will make a good addition to your set !!! Check them out !!!

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    terrible

    By DW DRUMEr

    from Kansas

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    Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

    i bought these cymbals about 5 months ago along with the warenty. the only thing i am impressed with is the bell on the crash/ride. over the 5 month period of owning these i have had to send my 14in crash in 2 times, and i need to send it in again. the price looks is low, but so are the quality of these cymbals. these are okay for begginers. and they are not meant to be hit hard at all.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Cymbals for the Money

    By cjonesplay

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Explosive Attack
    • Not too bright

    Cons

    • Gong-Like
    • Not especially complex

    Best Uses

    • Backup set for gigs
    • Beginning drummers
    • Rock Band

    Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

    I'm not a great drummer, but the person who recommended these cymbals to me is. While I do agree with him that the tones of the cymbals aren't very complex and they tend to have a sort of gong-like element which is apparent when played by themselves, they do not have the harshness and edginess that other cheap cymbals do. They blend well with playing in a rock band and my drummer is currently using them as his back-up kit and he makes them sound great. I have also been told that they cymbals will continue to mellow out as they become tarnished played more, which will likely help since the hi-hats are a little loud and clunky sounding.

    The free 14" crash is a good value at this price; it is my least favorite of the crew, but it's nice to have the option to have another tone to work with.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Alright set for a beginner

    By Frostyman67

    from Dallas, TX

    Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

    I bought this set about two and a half years ago and it has served me well until now. I always took care of my cymbals and they took care of me, but about 6 months ago I noticed that the crash cymbal was starting to form a crack, which then developed into a gaping gash and thus my crash was ruined. However, zildjian sent me a replacement and I was happy for about two months until that one began to crack and developed into a gash as well! I love zildjian though so I am instead going to buy an A custom 16' crash to replace this ZBT. The sound quality is alright, you pay for what you get essentially. The ride actually has a surprisingly nice sound, but the crash is a wee bit muddy and has a long ring to it. The hi-hats are too thick for me, but that's just my opinion, I like a thinner hi-hat.So the moral of this story is that this set is for beginners, it will only last you for a while if you practice and play a lot like I did and then it will wear out. It will bide your time until you need to upgrade to nicer equipment.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    ZBT Starter Pack

    By Mark Nelson

    from Marion, Iowa

    Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

    The ZBT cymbals do not have the same sound made by the ZHTs or the Z Custom but for the price they are very good...
    Great starter pack for new set or to rebuild an older set like I did...
    The ZBT cymbals have a good sound but they have to be hit firm to get a good sound. Again, it is a good starter set.
    Pieced together this kit saves you a little more, so adding to the value of the pack...

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Definitely a beginner set.

    By Matty-sLMvS

    from Nashville, TN

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    Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

    Overall - they work.
    It's nice getting hi hats, a crash, and a crash/ride all in one. It's also nice that they sound better than most cheap cymbals that come with drums.
    They are not the best. You get what you pay for.
    Good value

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AMAZING (AH-MAZE-EEEE-NG

    By Stellar Kart's #1 fan

    from Suwannee county Florida

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    Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

    WOW. this pack came in today and as soon as I pulled them outa the box, I fell in love. They look great, and they sound great. Although, fingerprints stick to them really badly. They are a great set for begginners and I think that you sould buy this set right now.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash

    By Tristan Myles

    from Selma,Alabama

    Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

    Overall these are the the cheapest best quality zildjian cymbals you can get. The hi-hats give a bright chik sound and the crash sounds really good, the ride is also good but it producing overtones if struck to hard but overall a good cymbal pack.
    These are some of the best cymbals you can get , especially if you are just starting off !
    These cymbals produce a bright sound +that every drummer could need in his/her set. They will need good cleaning though, use some Zildjian Cymbal Cleaner nd they will be looking good as new .
    They also have incredible value they hardly ever dent and they wont ever need replacing unless you just want to .

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Almost an okay pack

    By bshowalt14

    from Canton, Ohio

    Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

    I got this cymbal pack a year ago, and they're almost good, but not quite. The 18" crash ride isn't good for a ride at all, and is too trashy when hit as a crash, But it does have an amazing bell. The 14" crash is pretty good but the sound decays too quickly, and the finish wears off after a couple months. But the hi-hats are incredible. I recommend this package if you can find a replacement ride, say a K custom or A custom. But this is good for someone who is just starting out, and runs for a pretty good price.

     
    1.0

    DON'T BUY!

    By Ja Crispy

    from Charlottesville, VA

    Pros

      Cons

      • Chips Easily
      • Flat Sound
      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

        I play drums (wow shocker) and I bought this pack thinking i could expand and get the whole ZBT line later. It was a waste of money. I play Sabian SBr cymbals and they are 3 years old, and I thrash on them. Nothing has chipped off of them. The ZBT hi hats are already developing cracks, after 9 months. Do not buy this pack, buy Sabian SBr's or Meinl HCS

         
        2.0

        Definitely just a STARTER pack

        By DrumKing

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Bright Sound

        Cons

        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

        • Learning

        Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

        These are definitely just starter cymbals. They are poor quality cymbals thus giving you poor sound. The crash ride is way more crashier to be used as a ride...I used it as a crash until replacing it with new cymbals. Don't get me wrong these are good cymbals for your first set while learning. However, the more experienced you get you will realize how poor sounding they are.

         
        5.0

        Zildjian ZBT pack

        By Tom

        from Philadelphia area, PA

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

            The Zildjian name is a great name in cymbals. Saw some reviews about these cymbals chipping or breaking but haven't had any problems so far. Good sound.

             
            5.0

            Great package deal for cymbals

            By C

            from Salt Lake City, UT

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Bright Sound

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • School Bands

            Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

            Great package! Great timing on the delivery...Definitely will use them again!

             
            4.0

            Would buy this again if needed

            By Chap

            from Circleville Oh

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright Sound
            • Very Goos
            • Very Well Pleased

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

              Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

              Well pleased with this purchase

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Defective

              By jewela

              from gouverneur ny

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                • Chips Easily
                • Didn~'~~t Even Last A Year
                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

                  This cymbol is garbage it has only been used for about 5 months and it's trashed chipped in two different places

                   
                  5.0

                  Great for beginners

                  By DrumDude

                  from Charlotte, NC

                  Comments about Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash:

                  I've had these for 3 years and the ride/crash cracked after two but the hi hats and crash still sound and look great. Their an awesome value for beginners. I would reccommend though that you buy a regular ride cause the ride/crash isnt as good.

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