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Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal

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The large size Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal has a deep bell shape and a low pitch, while the smaller Zil-Bel features a bright, singing, musical tone. Bot...Click To Read More About This Product

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Distinct tones ideal for special accents and effects.

The large size Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal has a deep bell shape and a low pitch, while the smaller Zil-Bel features a bright, singing, musical tone. Both exhibit the unique raw qualities derived from the authentically traditional pouring and casting manufacturing technique that leaves slight imperfections on the mirror-like cymbal's polished surface.


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ZildjianZil-Bel Cymbal
 
4.5

(based on 73 reviews)

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Great for some, not for others...

Alright, heres the real deal about what the Zil Bel has to offer: Both sizes are great for any kind of metal or hard styles of music, if you play anything besides that...Read complete review

Alright, heres the real deal about what the Zil Bel has to offer: Both sizes are great for any kind of metal or hard styles of music, if you play anything besides that I wouldn't recommend adding this cymbal to your setup. You can hear these cymbals at zildjian.com before you purchase them which I suggest doing. There are infact TWO VERSIONS of the zil bel, I know because I own all four. The newer zil bel's are easy to indentify because they have a beveled or flat edge which enhances clarity and volume, the older versions do not have a flat beveled edge and most argue that these versions are not loud enough to hear with the rest of your kit. I totally agree with that arguement and too bad those people did not purchase the newer version because it gives the zil bel's a bad rep...

These cymbals are mainly used for accents in most contemporary styles and are not to be "riden" on! Unless of course you are blasting. A few bands that use these cymbals are, August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me, and Born Of Osiris. I hope my review was helpful toward your purchase, thanks for reading.

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not worth it

ive played both sizes of these bells and ive heard other drummers play them and i dont understand the hype. i wanted a bell and looked at these but theyre very one dimensional and...Read complete review

ive played both sizes of these bells and ive heard other drummers play them and i dont understand the hype. i wanted a bell and looked at these but theyre very one dimensional and arent even effective unless played upside down, and then they only have one place to hit them, and at this point the cymbal basically becomes useless unless your music needs no dymnamics. i kept looking and ended up buying a 9" sabian radia cup chime (the terry bozzio signature) and i love it. its darker and quieter than the zil-bel but it still cuts, and because it has a lip that you can hit plus the bell it works dynamically in the music. plus, because its hand hammered, it blends perfectly with my hh raw bell dry ride.

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5.0

Great for some, not for others...

By SpudNick

from Iowa

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Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

Alright, heres the real deal about what the Zil Bel has to offer: Both sizes are great for any kind of metal or hard styles of music, if you play anything besides that I wouldn't recommend adding this cymbal to your setup. You can hear these cymbals at zildjian.com before you purchase them which I suggest doing. There are infact TWO VERSIONS of the zil bel, I know because I own all four. The newer zil bel's are easy to indentify because they have a beveled or flat edge which enhances clarity and volume, the older versions do not have a flat beveled edge and most argue that these versions are not loud enough to hear with the rest of your kit. I totally agree with that arguement and too bad those people did not purchase the newer version because it gives the zil bel's a bad rep...

These cymbals are mainly used for accents in most contemporary styles and are not to be "riden" on! Unless of course you are blasting. A few bands that use these cymbals are, August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me, and Born Of Osiris. I hope my review was helpful toward your purchase, thanks for reading.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Had the 6" for years, and just got the 9.5"

By Chunchunchun

from Gloucestershire, UK

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Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

The best bell going. As I said in my previous review (under the name Chunchunchun), these bells walk all over the bells made by every other company. Stack Black Metal bells and Meinl Classics bells are too "airy" and soft sounding (which is great for percussive effects but not the best for metal), and the Sabian Alu-Bells are just too dry for my personal liking. The new Meinl M-Series 8.5" bell looks interesting, but I'd suspect that the traditional finish and smaller size means that the Zil-Bel will still have the edge in terms of colour and projection.
I only gave a 7 for features because they are just bells - they go ding. However, there are a fast amount of musical uses for them. I have the 6" mounted just beneath my hi-hats, so it's great for adding colour to fills and tom patterns as it's easily accessible with both hands. The 9.5" is mounted above and to the right of my right hand crash. I actually recommend giving it its own stand and mounting it "right way up", so the logo is facing up and the curve facing down. You can strike the edge and it will sound the same as it does inverted, but you also can strike the bow (or is it the bell?) with the shoulder of the stick and it produces a clearer, slightly brighter attack without losing volume. The 9.5" works really well for accenting, or for putting in the middle of a driving pattern on open hats or washing out on a ride or crash. Both bells work great for counting in after a stop, or before a breakdown.

Also, a lot of people say they're too quiet and the sustain is too long. They're not and it isn't. They're extremely thick, what do you expect the sustain to be like? Behind the kit the 6" may sound quiet, but it projects very well through the mix on stage. Mind you, the positioning of my 6" means it may bleed through a little on the snare mic, but this is with no overheads. I'm yet to use my 9.5" live, but I've heard a few live and they cut amazingly well. In a full mix or even just with crashes, both of the bells' long sustain comes down to a short, strong ping.
These bells are SOLID. My 9.5 weighs nearly 3lbs, and there is no way you could ever crack or break them. My 6" has been dropped a couple of times by people "helping out" with setup on stage and it's absolutely fine. My one problem with quality is if you like your stuff look pristine. They may be shiny, but they'll be covered in little pits and imperfections from the factory - they're supposed to be. Mine actually have a couple of what look like deep scratches. When I got my 9.5" (brand new from Zildjian), it had these big scratches already, and some of the logos were partially scuffed away in a way that led me to believe it had been stacked in a pile with others and scratched about a fair bit. It's fine for me, I polish my cymbals so the logos come off anyway, but it might be a problem for you.
I love the sound, but they are very expensive for what they are, especially compared to the bells available from other companies. However, I personally don't feel any other bell comes close to the way that these sound, so I think they're worth the extra money.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Really Great Bell

By Bronte Morris

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Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

I LOVE this bell!!! It was totally worth it. It's very bright, and a great accent cymbal to add to your setup.
Oh and for anyone interested, I would highly recommend going to a local music store to listen to one of these, because online videos do it NO justice. I had listened online a few times and thought it was ok, but once I played it in real life, I fell in love instantly. It's a perfect "Ping!", and fairly rapid decay(which I prefer). Plus it's pretty.
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone with a bell fancy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great addition

By Nickname

from GA

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      Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

      I grabbed the 6 inch from a local music store a few months ago because my ride doesn't have that distinct bell sound that I need for certain things and the Zil Bell works out great. It has a very bright ping that cuts through just about anything and has a very nice ring out as well.

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      5.0

      Epic Bel

      By Datboikoowip

      from Lake Havasu City, AZ

      Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

      This cymbal is simply amazing. Such a crisp sound, the likes of which I have never seen before. Its so PERFECT for 1 beat before a breakdown. Just makes everything more brrutall!!!

       
      5.0

      Just what I wanted!!

      By DP

      from Ut

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      Pros

      • Bright Sound
      • Responsive Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        I'm always looking for a "unique" sound when it comes to percussion and this provides something different!

         
        4.0

        Zil bel is pretty good

        By kha0s th30ry

        from McComb, MS

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        Pros

        • Bright Sound
        • Responsive Feel

        Cons

        • Not piercing sound
        • Rings too long

        Best Uses

        • Rock accents

        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        The zil bel is definitely an interesting product. It is very bright sound and much of what you would expect from a bell. I stacked in on top of my ride to make it easy to hit (from muscle memory.) I do like it but in a quiet setting it rings out too long for my taste. Also when playing loudly with other live instruments it would only be heard if properly mic'ed. All in all I like it but it's not all I hoped for.

         
        5.0

        just great.

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        Picked up a used one [6"] . It's incredible for the fills for metalcore-ish songs or just neat little hip hop effects. It's true it does ring a little bit, but i mean its a bell, its going to do that..

         
        4.0

        Great Hardcore, Fusion, and Jazz Cymbal.

        By GCDrummer

        from San Diego

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        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        This cymbal is awesome, I think the price may have gone up a bit since I bought it but still it's very nice. If you play breakdowns/hardcore like me, this thing will sound so good before or in a breakdown. Bands like Chiodos, Devil Wears Prada, Lower Definition, and more use it. Overall, it's a great cymbal.

         
        4.0

        decent bel

        By F0p1udA4A

        from Albion, PA

        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        i bought one of these along time ago. completely uneffective if it isnt upside down becuase its so thick. it weighs alot and unless your beating it with a mallet it must be played upside down. it had a great ping sound to it, and its very bright and rings for along time. the only thing is, its ring is very peircing and definately hurts your hears if hit multiple times. go easy on it...or wear ear plugs

         
        5.0

        zil-bel 9,5

        By drummmer666

        from Poland, Silesia (southern Poland)

        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        The incredible bell. In my opinion the perfect one in all made by zildjian. I bought this bel yesterday and I can't believe that bell is a really perfect. Don't thing too much buy the 9,5" bell from zildjian.

         
        5.0

        Zil-Bell

        By Lee Hendrickson

        from Las Vegas, NV

        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        I own the 6" zil-bell and I think the sound is great. I use it mostely as my (ride bell). im not crashing left to right unless im playing some Motely Crue or Cinderella... so the bell sounds awsome!!!

         
        5.0

        6 inch works

        By Tony-hYpsO

        from Warren, MI

        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        I don?t know what all those other bad reviews are talking about. I own the 6 inch and I play it upside down, sounds amazing. It cuts through above all my other cymbals. It rings forever, if you don?t know how to hit it. As for pitch, it fits perfectly in pitch with my Zildjian K Custom Darks, sounds really good overall.

         
        5.0

        great piece of equipment

        By tama_drummer555

        from louisiana

        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        I've been playing drums for about 8-9 years, and i've never gotten a better sounding bell than the zil-bel. i've been having the bell for about 6 months and i've used it in the studio for my bands new cd. it blended perfectly. if you hit just that cymbal, it has an aquward sound, but playing live and recording with it, it blends perfectly with the band. i do alot of rudiments while riding cymbals and the zil-bel sounds amazing in my opinion. most definitely suggested to people who play hard rock, metal, or even some funk or swing.

         
        5.0

        brettbthdrummer

        By brett-EoHPM

        from laurens south carolina

        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        I just got the zil-bel and its so awsome. I got inspired to get one when i heard the drummer from chiodos. I knew he used the 6 inch so i got that one because it sounds great with the music i play. Its super strong and its so thick. The bell is so good to use during tom fills. I just love this cymbol. Deffantly check this out!

         
        5.0

        BRUTAL

        By Samuel Smith

        from Winchester Illinois

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        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        The 9.5in Zil-Bel is the sickest, most brutal bell ever made. It has the power and projection to cut through any type of music. Amazing. The feature that amazed me most was all the different sounds you can get depending on where you hit it. Its a blast to tinker with and find different sounds on this cymbal. If you play rock or metal, you need this bell. Its sound and volume capabilities are far better than the meinl bells (which are popular among a lot of young metal drummers). You gotta get this bell.

         
        5.0

        These bells sound great

        By kennth monteiro

        from Cape May Courthouse, NJ

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        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        I own both the 6" and the 9.5" and they both sound amazing. The 6" has amazing tone but doesn't really project. Great for softer music. And I thought the 9.5" sounded like a boat bell at first but it sounds amazing with some loud music. It cuts and it rings like crazy. They sound better than any other bell on the market.

         
        5.0

        9.5 Inch

        By Tom Kelly

        from Erie, PA

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        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        I have both the 6 and 9.5 inch. I must say the 9.5 is nothing short of amazing, but the 6 inch is garbage. You can't hear it over everything else is its such an awkward pitch. Def get the 9.5. You will not be disappointed

         
        2.0

        It won't shut up!

        By Spider-IFQnM

        from Jefferson City, MO

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        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        A great accent, very very loud (if you can hit it right, which means probably upside down). Its tones, as you would expect, should be a single note... but instead it's like 2 tones that just don't go together. Let's say you accent a note, it's great... for that beat, because afterwords it's not gonna shut up. It will ring for half the song, guaranteed. I can't even imagine how bad it would be for recording. Maybe tape would help... I don't know. I'd recommend a different bell.

         
        2.0

        6in

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Zildjian Zil-Bel Cymbal:

        I got the 6in and wasn't very impressed. It has a extremely high pitch, which is hard to work with and also lacks in volume. Sounds like a bell off a trolley or to sound the rounds in a boxing match. Not worth the price.

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