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The Zildijian ZBT Crash Cymbal is a high-pitched, explosive cymbal. With a projection that can cut through other sounds and instruments, this crash c...Click To Read More About This Product

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An explosive, all-purpose crash for beginners. A great all-purpose ride!

The Zildijian ZBT Crash Cymbal is a high-pitched, explosive cymbal. With a projection that can cut through other sounds and instruments, this crash cymbal also features clear stick articulation. Formed from the ZBT bronze alloy, this cymbal is created with precise lathing and hammering. The precisely designed sound grooves magnify the alloy' powerful sounds. With a high-quality polished finish, the ZBT crash cymbals are extraordinarily consistent. Carefully designed, the ZBT Crash Cymbal goes a step beyond quality and makes your drum set more fun to play. Enjoy the piercing quality of your crash that cuts through the sound just before it rapidly decays.


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ZildjianZBT Crash Cymbal
 
4.0

(based on 226 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (87)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright sound (9)
  • Focused crash (7)
  • Responsive feel (6)
  • Explosive attack (5)
  • Full crash (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (7)
  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Soundtracks (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not as bad as some say

I?ve played drums on and off for the last 17 years. I became very active again in the last six months, having multiple rehearsals a week with my band and playing several gigs...Read complete review

I?ve played drums on and off for the last 17 years. I became very active again in the last six months, having multiple rehearsals a week with my band and playing several gigs a month. All of my equipment was old and worn out and I really wanted a nice looking set of matched cymbals. I bought a ZBT pack, as it was the only thing in my price range. I liked the hi-hats and was o.k. with the ride, but HATED the crashes. They sounded WAY TOO bright and ?ringy??at first. Once I played with them for a while though, I thought they really sounded great! I suggest playing around with them a bit; adjust the height and the angle you set them at and trying striking different areas, and you?ll find that ?sweet spot?. Plus, the more you handle them the more natural oils you?ll transfer over to them, giving it some nice ?build up?. I read a lot of complaints about breakage, and I was pretty surprised! I?m not the softest hitter myself, and these suckers take it. Zildjian has these listed as ?medium/thin? (which most of Zildjian?s products are). I would say they?re really more ?medium? weight compared to other Zildjian?s I?ve played, and if that?s still not heavy enough for you get the ZBT Rock series which are a little heavier?if you?re still breaking cymbals after that, you?re pretty much screwed because you?ll need to put out some MAJOR CASH for the Z3s, which are the only cymbals that are heavier?or go back to ?drummer school?, because obviously you?re technique SUCKS! Anyway, these are great starter or intermediate cymbals with a wide sound range, and are a great deal for the money! The more you play with them the better they?ll sound?but, if you?re looking for a very specific sound, you should shop around and be prepared to put out some more cash ;)

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I got the 14'' and 16'' plus a ZBT 18'' ride in a cymbal pack back in 2007 and played them as I learned more about drumming up until this year when...Read complete review

I got the 14'' and 16'' plus a ZBT 18'' ride in a cymbal pack back in 2007 and played them as I learned more about drumming up until this year when the 14'' finally cracked.

Now, I had played these for fives years while growing as a drummer, also developing a style and playing in bands. These days, I hit A LOT harder than I used to and that is probably a good reason for the crack. My first 14'' cracked in early this year and I order another from Musicians Friend a few months back and I already have a crack in it.

As far as sound goes, I love it. It works perfectly for what I like to play. I usually use it as a sort of crash ride, playing on it during chorus'. Typical in a rock/metal song. It works really well with that for me.

But if you a hard hitter like I am, it becomes a problem when it cracks often.

It's not durable but it sounds great. It's hard to choose. All in all, I'd probably recommend it but I plan on trying to find a new option when I'm through with it.

Also I should mention, my 16'' is not played as often as my 14'' and it is doing fine and has been for 5 years.

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5.0

Good Product!

By Max

from Whitesburg, Kentucky

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Pros

  • Bright Sound
  • Focused Crash
  • Full Crash

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Zildjian ZBT Crash Cymbal:

    Good sound!

     
    5.0

    Good Cymbal for the Price

    By Autumn

    from Kansas

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    Pros

    • Bright Sound
    • Explosive Attack
    • Responsive Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Zildjian ZBT Crash Cymbal:

      I had another 14" ZBT crash I got back in 2009 in my first cymbal pack, it actually sounded really good and I continued to be impressed by it for 7 years until it finally cracked. I bought a new one to replace it because it's inexpensive and I really liked my original. The new one isn't as full of a crash but I would still recommend this line of cymbals for beginners or drummers on a budget. Very good for the price range :)

       
      5.0

      Great Price, Great Bang!

      By DonRue

      from Yongsan Korea

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Zildjian ZBT Crash Cymbal:

        Love it and good price

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great sound, affordable price

        By Drummer Boy

        from Bangor, Maine

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        Pros

        • Bright Sound

        Cons

        • Cracks after only a few months of use

        Best Uses

        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Zildjian ZBT Crash Cymbal:

        Zildjian ZBT crash cymbals sound great; they have a crisp and professional sound to them. However, if you have a hard rock or heavy metal playing style, these cymbals probably shouldn't be your first choice as they tend to crack after only a few months of hard hitting. I bought two 16' and three 14' of these cymbals a few years ago and all five of them cracked and became useless after about four months of use (I did practice about an hour or two every day). I bought two more of these just recently though as a band I currently play drums in was going into the recording studio to record an EP. These cymbals have the perfect sound for whatever style of music you may play, especially in the recording studio.

         
        4.0

        Good Cymbal

        By The Jersey Kid

        from NJ

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        Pros

        • Bright Sound
        • Explosive Attack

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Zildjian ZBT Crash Cymbal:

          I got this cymbal because I needed a smaller one to accompany my 18" crash. It's not a bad cymbal at all. It cuts through the sound okay and it's been holding up well after a few weeks of play. Not flimsy or cheap feeling. Time will tell . . .

           
          4.0

          O K?

          By never-enuf-stuf k.russ.

          from Whitewater Wi

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          Pros

          • Bright Sound
          • Focused Crash
          • Responsive Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jazz Clubs
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Zildjian ZBT Crash Cymbal:

            turns out, the day I decided to look 4 A thin crash I came across this little powerhouse. an inexpensive zbt 14" crash, gave a try and it was NOT what I really wanted, (I`ll still get It @M F),. what it is, is a 3 part cymbal, like a ride, but glassier. Great bell, center nice switch up from hats, and a solid but fast attack, and fairly quick decay- all 3 cheap! k russell inv.

             
            2.0

            Not as Good as Previous Iterations

            By Mr. Jones

            from Georgia

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Flat Sound

              Best Uses

                Comments about Zildjian ZBT Crash Cymbal:

                I bought a Yamaha set with an older ZBT crash of the same size. It had a nice sound, but was cracked and Iwanted a replacement.
                This is not living up to the old standard. My old cracked symbol sounds better than this, even though this has more sustain. It's got an ugly low overtone that sounds like a small gong. Not cool. Zildjian has modified the alloy for these cymbals and it does not improve them.

                 
                4.0

                GOOD SOUNDING CRASH

                By Rahjah

                from Oregon

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                Pros

                • Explosive Attack
                • Focused Crash

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Jazz Clubs
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Zildjian ZBT Crash Cymbal:

                  GOOD SOUND FOR A LOWER LINE ,BUT STILL A ZILDJIAN.

                   
                  5.0

                  Best crash to date

                  By drummerboy

                  from Lacey, NJ

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Cant think of anything

                  Best Uses

                  • Soundtracks

                  Comments about Zildjian ZBT Crash Cymbal:

                  It is a realy good crash to use for anything. Personally I use it as a crash to ride on and to accent my grooves.

                   
                  2.0

                  Don't Know What This Is Good For

                  By AGT1

                  from Bristow, VA

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Flat Sound

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Zildjian ZBT Crash Cymbal:

                      I bought this to replace a 16 inch Wuhan that had served me very well but finally cracked after 10+ years of garage band use. The Wuhan, believe it or not, was much brighter and much more responsive. Don't be fooled because it's a "Zildjian". I'm returning it today. Even the cheap Zildjian Amir 16" I've had for 10 years sounds remarkably better than this thing.

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