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Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal  

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      OVERVIEW

      Developed in the Zildjian Sound Lab for versatility, durability, and sonic brilliance.

      Lathed and finished with a process that creates a wide spectrum of color for unique visual and sonic effects, this thin-rolled alloy produces an explosive, trashy voice. While it stands on its own, you can also stack it on another cymbal for a signature trashy sound.

      Multiple sizes available.

      FEATURES
      • Thin
      • Brilliant finish

      Transform your kit with the voice of the Trashformer.

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      ZildjianZXT Trashformer Cymbal
       
      4.5

      (based on 42 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (28)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (10)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (2)

      67%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Explosive attack (3)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      No Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Trashformer a hit!

      I am the one man band Built For Slow. I have a foot pedal rig that allows me to play the crash cymbal with my foot. I was looking for a cymbal that was...Read complete review

      I am the one man band Built For Slow. I have a foot pedal rig that allows me to play the crash cymbal with my foot. I was looking for a cymbal that was quick and explosive with a very fast decay. I didn't want the ping associated with a china cymbal. This fit the bill nicely. I use the 8" so I can fit all of my drums in one small bag. When I first tried the cymbal by itself, it had some overtones at the end of the decay I didn't like but when I used it while playing drums and guitar at the same time, It sounded fantastic because the really quiet overtones disappeared under the sonic assault. What you are left with is a really loud and quick edgy splashy sound. I really like it and it adds to the show. It has a unique sound and the price is right. It is thin, but I really haven't had any trouble with it yet but I've only played 2 shows with it so far.
      It doesn't look like it would break soon unless you just hammer cymbals.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      These aren't good anymore-Zildjian changed the "alloy"

      I own several of the 8" and 10" sizes, back when they were part of the ZXT line. Zildjian discontinued the ZXT line in 2014, so now they are just...Read complete review

      I own several of the 8" and 10" sizes, back when they were part of the ZXT line. Zildjian discontinued the ZXT line in 2014, so now they are just part of the Sound Effects series. Too bad, because they were WAAAAAY better back in the ZXT days.

      When they were ZXT's, they were made from the ZXT alloy, and were actually machine hammered. Sure the ZXT alloy wasn't great, but it's much better than what Zildjian uses on these now (sheet metal). Also, especially on the small size cymbals, they were not as bent and deformed as they are today, so you could actually use them as quick and trashy splashes or accents. Both of my 8" cymbals are barely bent at all, and sound like real, honest to goodness, good quality splashes, due to their thinness. My 10"s are a little more bent but still sound somewhat "normal", albeit trashier than a typical splash.

      Now, they are being made much more deformed and bent, and don't really sound like anything but a trash can lid! They are also much stiffer and harder to play now then they were. The are no longer made of any kind of "alloy". It's sheet metal, pure and simple. It's certainly not hammered, and doesn't even look to be lathed at all. Don't let Zildjian's marketing fool you, it is plain old sheet metal that has been put in a kiln (to discolor it by heating it) and then bent and deformed. And that's exactly what it sounds like! If you bought a piece of sheet metal, drilled a small hole in the center, heated up it in your oven, and then took it out and deformed it, you would have exactly what one of these are, minus the logo. And it would probably sound the same (awful) as these do.

      I know these are "specialty" cymbals that fit a niche, but they were infinitely better cymbals when they were part of the ZXT line. I would try to find a used one with the ZXT printing on it; those were light years better. And for Zildjian to charge the prices that they do for these bent pieces of sheet metal, they should be ashamed of themselves. You can make 10 of these yourself for the cost of 1 from Zildjian. And it wouldn't sound any worse!

      I recommend getting an older one with the ZXT logo, that was actually made from a real cymbal alloy, hammered and lathed. As far as these new ones, don't bother. They wouldn't be worth it at half the price.

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      1.0

      These aren't good anymore-Zildjian changed the "alloy"

      By Go Go Jo Jo

      from Ann Arbor, MI

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Explosive Attack

      Cons

      • Cheaply Made
      • Poor Quality
      • Sheet Metal

      Best Uses

      • School Bands

      Comments about Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal:

      I own several of the 8" and 10" sizes, back when they were part of the ZXT line. Zildjian discontinued the ZXT line in 2014, so now they are just part of the Sound Effects series. Too bad, because they were WAAAAAY better back in the ZXT days.

      When they were ZXT's, they were made from the ZXT alloy, and were actually machine hammered. Sure the ZXT alloy wasn't great, but it's much better than what Zildjian uses on these now (sheet metal). Also, especially on the small size cymbals, they were not as bent and deformed as they are today, so you could actually use them as quick and trashy splashes or accents. Both of my 8" cymbals are barely bent at all, and sound like real, honest to goodness, good quality splashes, due to their thinness. My 10"s are a little more bent but still sound somewhat "normal", albeit trashier than a typical splash.

      Now, they are being made much more deformed and bent, and don't really sound like anything but a trash can lid! They are also much stiffer and harder to play now then they were. The are no longer made of any kind of "alloy". It's sheet metal, pure and simple. It's certainly not hammered, and doesn't even look to be lathed at all. Don't let Zildjian's marketing fool you, it is plain old sheet metal that has been put in a kiln (to discolor it by heating it) and then bent and deformed. And that's exactly what it sounds like! If you bought a piece of sheet metal, drilled a small hole in the center, heated up it in your oven, and then took it out and deformed it, you would have exactly what one of these are, minus the logo. And it would probably sound the same (awful) as these do.

      I know these are "specialty" cymbals that fit a niche, but they were infinitely better cymbals when they were part of the ZXT line. I would try to find a used one with the ZXT printing on it; those were light years better. And for Zildjian to charge the prices that they do for these bent pieces of sheet metal, they should be ashamed of themselves. You can make 10 of these yourself for the cost of 1 from Zildjian. And it wouldn't sound any worse!

      I recommend getting an older one with the ZXT logo, that was actually made from a real cymbal alloy, hammered and lathed. As far as these new ones, don't bother. They wouldn't be worth it at half the price.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Trashformer a hit!

      By canonball17

      from Currently Addis Ababa

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Explosive Attack
      • Loud
      • Quick

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • A Quick Splashy Accent

        Comments about Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal:

        I am the one man band Built For Slow. I have a foot pedal rig that allows me to play the crash cymbal with my foot. I was looking for a cymbal that was quick and explosive with a very fast decay. I didn't want the ping associated with a china cymbal. This fit the bill nicely. I use the 8" so I can fit all of my drums in one small bag. When I first tried the cymbal by itself, it had some overtones at the end of the decay I didn't like but when I used it while playing drums and guitar at the same time, It sounded fantastic because the really quiet overtones disappeared under the sonic assault. What you are left with is a really loud and quick edgy splashy sound. I really like it and it adds to the show. It has a unique sound and the price is right. It is thin, but I really haven't had any trouble with it yet but I've only played 2 shows with it so far.
        It doesn't look like it would break soon unless you just hammer cymbals.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Don't use it by itself

        By CatDrumming

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Explosive Attack
        • Inexpensive
        • Responsive Feel

        Cons

        • Not Durable
        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

        • Cymbal Stacks

        Comments about Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal:

        I have owned 2 of these over the last 8 months, and they're now both broken. I got the 10" model and used it as a splash, not knowing they're meant for cymbal stacks, and it lasted about 4 months of frequent use then cracked. I bought another (also 10") to use rarely for a crisp accent, now knowing they're not durable cymbals. This one cracked after 3 weeks of barely hitting it! Fortunately, I am still able to use these as stackers, they work great inside a hi hat to give it a trashy tone or on top of a china. I hope to replace these with some heavier duty splashes. The other good thing about these is that they're very cheap so replacing them isn't too big an issue. Get them, and play around with the stacking possibilities, but don't expect it to last as a splash on its own.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        use as a...

        By a dead guy

        from san jose, CA

        Comments about Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal:

        STACKER!!! i got the 10 in to use a splash, but then i thought "hey i have an extra 14 in zildjizn zbt crash, why not stack that mother on there, see what happens" i was not dissapointed people this cymbals was born to stack. it gives a sort of a dark, trashy, almost sizzle-like sound to my crash and it is a sick -core instrument

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good, but maybe not for everyone.

        By Mattattack2

        from Seattle, WA

        Comments about Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal:

        This is a great accent cymbal. I have the 14 inch, and i use it mostly as a china, or a really big splash. This cymbal, as the name "Trashformer" suggests, is a very dark, thrashy cymbal that I selected for metal. It sounds great when im covering songs by "A day to remember" or "Lamb of God" It does break very easily, i have had mine for about 1 month, and i play almost every day for like an hour and it already is starting to bend and crack. but if you need it, get it.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pretty Cool

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal:

        The trashformer has a pretty cool sound to it. I actually have to say I was pleasantly suprised by its unique sound. I was expecting more of a splashy style, but instead its more of a china and crash combined or something like that. Very unique, and it adds a great option for more sounds to your set. It also looks pretty rad too.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good addition

        By TheRevLivesOn

        from Olathe, KS

        Comments about Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal:

        I've had this cymbal for about a week and I practice daily. I bought this because it looked cool and it sounds amazing. Previous reviews stated that its thinness is its only weakness. I have hit this cymbal fairly hard and it takes what I throw at it. My only complaint is that it isn't loud enough. But other than that, it is a great addition to my kit.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice addition..

        By Shortster

        from Palm Coast, FL

        Comments about Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal:

        I came across this in a local music store about 5 years ago. Thought it was an the end result of how not to strike a cymbal. Needless to say, I've been using it ever since. Cracked my first one due to not respecting it's thinness. When fellow musicians see it on stage for the first time they question it, without saying anything. However, once they see what it contributes to the overall performance, they can't get over it. Well worth the minimal investment. Don't over play it. Remember, it is an "accent" piece.

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        5.0

        My Review! Not yours!

        By The BIG BANG!

        from The Red sea!!!

        Comments about Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal:

        This is a very good cymbal as long as you are not in a metal band. This cymbal is super thin.

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My Prized Possession

        By Marc825

        from Caguas, PR

        Comments about Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal:

        When I first saw this cymbal, I thought that it wouldn

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