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Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal 17 in.

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This hand-hammered crash features a raw bell and a sound that is fast, shimmering, and slightly exotic.

Stagg cymbals from the DH, or Dual-Hammered, series are all about highly versatile professional cymbals for the most demanding players. Every Stagg DH crash cymbal undergoes complex and rigorous hand-hammering methods in order to forge cymbals packed with dynamic overtones calculated for projection and character. The Stagg DH crash cymbal also offers the player a comprehensive range of tonal colors for maximum performance options.

FEATURES
  • Dual-hammered
  • Medium-thin weight
  • Exotic finish: brilliant body and raw bell
  • B20 bronze

Don't let the price fool you, these Stagg cymbals are hand-hammered and have a great reputation. Try one out today.

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StaggDH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal
 
4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Explosive attack (8)
  • Bright sound (6)
  • Responsive feel (5)
  • Focused crash (4)
  • Full crash (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing Cymbal

I got a smoking deal on the 17" crash. Been playing since 1972 and have top line equipment. Wasn't sure how this would fit with my 18" MT Zildjian and...Read complete review

I got a smoking deal on the 17" crash. Been playing since 1972 and have top line equipment. Wasn't sure how this would fit with my 18" MT Zildjian and 16" Paper Thin Zildjian crashes. Played it at a recent gig and I was stunned by the sound of this cymbal. The attack is immense, and the decay "shimmers". The bell sound was perfect for when I played Badfinger's - No Matter What. Kinda makes me wonder what the 21" DH Ride sounds like......

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Excellent Sound for the Price

Excellent so far. See above. Will update if cracks appear.
I got a 14" and an 18", and they compliment each other well. However I don't know...Read complete review

Excellent so far. See above. Will update if cracks appear.
I got a 14" and an 18", and they compliment each other well. However I don't know how to rate the "features" of cymbals.
These really are beautifully crafted cymbals. The hammering is distinct, and I personally like the rougher metal that the bells are composed of. Gives it a bit of an exotic look, if that makes sense. They sound awesome. My 14" is fast, bright, and even, if a little quiet. That also may just be in contrast to the 18", which is boomy and low, but almost aggressively so. It's loud, but not in the super-annoying-piercing-cymbal way. It sounds a little bit like your nicer dark crashes of the Zildjian, Paiste, Sabian, etc. persuasion. Overall, the 14" and 18" compliment each other well in terms of volume and dynamics. If you play steadier, less proggy stuff, a 16" and 17" or 16" and 18" combo would probably be a better combo.
The value is, obviously, unquestionable...So far. I fully intend to update this review when/if (ooh I hope "if"!) the cymbals crack or break. I don't play like a gorilla, and my stuff is in good condition. That said, I know what using cheaper cymbals is like and even with my less-aggressive playing style my Wuhan cymbals still crack too quickly. I've accepted that this is just a symptom of using cymbals from a manufacturer whose production process is less quality and consistency oriented. Don't get me wrong, it's what makes those cymbals sound so trashy and awesome, but it just doesn't work when you need a good crash sound. These Stagg cymbals I have hope for; they seem very well machined and with any luck they'll last me a long time.

Bottom line: cymbals that sound as good as any of the Big Brands for half (or less, depending on where you live) the price.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Mind is Blown!

By Barjack

from Portland, Ore

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Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

I rarely give 5 stars on things, as there's always room for improvement. In Stagg's case, they've already made that improvement in 2009 when they upgraded their Chinese cymbal tooling facilities and began churning out SWEET cymbals under the SH and DH labels. I own 17" and 18" DH Exo Medium Thin crashes and they're amazing. There are NO Chinese-sounding or trashy undertones, they sound like A Customs with high pitched, brilliant, and shimmering crashes. The finish is smooth and professional, the model logos are cleanly stamped, the raw bell gives is a Turkish look and produces a great tone when hit. I buy cymbals that sound great to my ear, regardless of price and own many Istanbul, HHX, and other higher dollar items. The Stagg DH line is sonically good enough to mix in with any of my $200+ cymbals and looks equally pricey. If you're a gigging or recording musician, you're going to be blown away by these on stage or in studio. If you're a student or just getting started, these cymbals will make you rush home every day to play your drums for the price of B8 or brass junk. Seriously.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Music to my ears ( and everyone else's).

By Tommy Drums

from Tacoma Washington

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Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

I am in love with these babies. Not only are they stunning to look at, but they sound like a dream come true to me. I love all of my cymbals, from Sabian to Zildjian, Mienl to Saluda. I have stacks of the damn things and they all have a place in my musical world.
That being said, I have found my new favorites in Stagg exo's. It's hard to explain, but I'll try.
They have a wonderful shimmer, and in my opinion, perfect tone and decay. They do not overtake the rest of the sounds you create on a drumset. They also don't cause everyone you might be playing music with to grimmace and add volume to their instruments until everyone's ears bleed. They are not as loud as most other cymbals. To me, well, that's what I have been looking for forever. Just the right volume, attack, and decay. It's a hell of a good "feel". I said I can't describe it, and it's hard. But smack one of these with a kick of the bass drum or a snare rimshot and you will know what I mean. I have had that feeling millions of times with other cymbals, but not like this. It just feels, and sounds perfect to me.
Nice, hand hammered, physically beautiful cymbals.
I rate 8 because I don't bash cymbals like a gorilla so I don't know how durable they are. Some people are heavy handed, they might know this.
For the price of student line cymbals you get this!

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Excellent Sound for the Price

By ShereKhan

from Vancouver, BC

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Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

Excellent so far. See above. Will update if cracks appear.
I got a 14" and an 18", and they compliment each other well. However I don't know how to rate the "features" of cymbals.
These really are beautifully crafted cymbals. The hammering is distinct, and I personally like the rougher metal that the bells are composed of. Gives it a bit of an exotic look, if that makes sense. They sound awesome. My 14" is fast, bright, and even, if a little quiet. That also may just be in contrast to the 18", which is boomy and low, but almost aggressively so. It's loud, but not in the super-annoying-piercing-cymbal way. It sounds a little bit like your nicer dark crashes of the Zildjian, Paiste, Sabian, etc. persuasion. Overall, the 14" and 18" compliment each other well in terms of volume and dynamics. If you play steadier, less proggy stuff, a 16" and 17" or 16" and 18" combo would probably be a better combo.
The value is, obviously, unquestionable...So far. I fully intend to update this review when/if (ooh I hope "if"!) the cymbals crack or break. I don't play like a gorilla, and my stuff is in good condition. That said, I know what using cheaper cymbals is like and even with my less-aggressive playing style my Wuhan cymbals still crack too quickly. I've accepted that this is just a symptom of using cymbals from a manufacturer whose production process is less quality and consistency oriented. Don't get me wrong, it's what makes those cymbals sound so trashy and awesome, but it just doesn't work when you need a good crash sound. These Stagg cymbals I have hope for; they seem very well machined and with any luck they'll last me a long time.

Bottom line: cymbals that sound as good as any of the Big Brands for half (or less, depending on where you live) the price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Cymbal

By drumguy

from Phoeix, AZ

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Explosive Attack
  • Full Crash
  • Responsive Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

      I got a smoking deal on the 17" crash. Been playing since 1972 and have top line equipment. Wasn't sure how this would fit with my 18" MT Zildjian and 16" Paper Thin Zildjian crashes. Played it at a recent gig and I was stunned by the sound of this cymbal. The attack is immense, and the decay "shimmers". The bell sound was perfect for when I played Badfinger's - No Matter What. Kinda makes me wonder what the 21" DH Ride sounds like......

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Why Not Buy It?

      By AWill

      from Indianapolis, Indiana

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Bright Sound
      • Focused Crash

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jazz Clubs
      • Not As A Main
      • Side Cymbal
      • Small Venues
      • Symphonies

      Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

      This is a great crash. If you like a full bodied, semi-dark, but bright, not to long of a sustained crash then get this. If you like short attack get a 16" or under. I wish i would have gotten a 17" because its just a bit to short for me. Great cymbal though. Way worth the money

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Decent Cymbal For The Cost

      By Bryan The Bass Guy

      from USA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Bright Sound
      • Explosive Attack

      Cons

      • Brash Sounding Wash

      Best Uses

      • Practice
      • Rehearsal
      • School Bands

      Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

      This cymbal sits price wise in-between a starter cymbal and a Pro line, and that's exactly what it is, an in-between cymbal. That's actually what I was looking for so it fit the bill. At first listen I was impressed, nice loud attack, very usable bell. However when listening while someone else played it's weakness became apparent. It still has that somewhat nasty wash of a low end cymbal after a decent attack. Still for the price I'd use these in a rehearsal / practice setting any day. For live performance, maybe in a Youth band or the like. Recording, no. We'll see how they hold up, this may be a good stand-in for our "good" cymbals in rehearsals.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very happy with this cymbal

      By PeterD

      from NY

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

      Between myself and my son sharing a set, I go through crashes fairly quickly. I decided to try this cymbal based on reviews here. Do not be fooled by the inexpensive price point. I started with the 18 medium thin crash and it sounds fantastic. I'll update this review if it the cymbal cracks in less than a year. :)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great cymbal

      By Matt

      from Longmont, Colorado

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      Pros

      • Bright Sound
      • Explosive Attack
      • Focused Crash

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

          I didn't really have high expectations for this cymbal but I was wrong. It looks great out of the box and sounds awesome also. Comparable to my Zildjian A custom crash for half the cost. Will definitely be buying Stagg again in the near future.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very versatile crash

          By Puff Mama

          from Americus, GA

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          Pros

          • Explosive Attack
          • Focused Crash
          • Great Quality
          • Inexpensive
          • Responsive Feel
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everything Imaginable

            Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

            This has become my favorite crash cymbal. It opens up great but retains a lot of musicality. Play it soft, and it will whisper sweet notes. Bash it, and it will explode with an explosive crash sound. The overall sound is darker and a tad bit more shy compared to the DH Medium crash but still provides enough "umph" for rock and metal. I have used this at a few shows. One of the drummers for a band that we have opened for asked about it and was amazed by it's sonic qualities. He just so happens to be endorsed by Sabian.

             
            5.0

            Great cymbal

            By MrVinylGuy

            from Rotten apple

            About Me Novice

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            Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

            Great piece... I did get it on sale, which made it super enticing. Had a cymbal pack from Meinl, which was great. But, the free 14" crash was not enough as far as the wash-sound. This one is louder and and has a strong wash compared to the Meinel. The-down side to adding this one is the sound difference to my other cymbals. Functionally, it would prob have been better to get an additional cymbal from the same company and model-line... but, then I waste a chance to taste a different flavor. Now, I've gotten used to playing with this one and that no longer matters. So, for me I got a really nice large cymbal that looks very nice and seems durable enough for my needs. I can ride a little, crash and the bell is way more useful than all my others. I'm totally happy.

             
            2.0

            Not happy

            By Drumr

            from Lebanon NH

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Bright Sound

            Cons

            • Poor Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

              I bought this cause it was during a half price deal. Now I know why. After only 10 months it's developed a 1/2 inch crack on the edge. Musicians Friend had a hard time finding me contact information for Stagg but did. After contacting Stagg I would have to pay out of my pocket to ship the cymbal back and in the meantime be without a cymbal until the replacement comes.

               
              5.0

              Sabian AAX Xplosion sound,but half the price. Enough said.

              By P.G.

              from South Wales

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • School Bands
                • Small Venues
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

                I was a cymbal snob, but I'm so glad that I saw the error of my ways.

                 
                4.0

                Homestudio worthy

                By Owen from twtm

                from Kansas City

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                Pros

                • Bright Sound
                • Explosive Attack
                • Responsive Feel

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

                  BOught for a studio kit. Has deep washy crash to it.

                   
                  5.0

                  SCARY IN THE DARK

                  By Horseman

                  from Huntington In.

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Explosive Attack
                  • Full Crash

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

                      I am not the fastest or most knowledgeable drummer but I have a good ear. I have some of all the big names and I put my 17 med. thin crash on top. you cannot beat this cymbal for the money.

                       
                      4.0

                      "Surprisingly beautiful"

                      By Crispy

                      from Houston, T

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                      Pros

                      • Dark
                      • Explosive Attack
                      • Focused Crash
                      • Full Crash

                      Cons

                      • Imperfections

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

                        I have had this crash for at least three months now and I have to say i'm impressed with how it has held up. It worried me whenever I examined the edge of it to find there were imperfections in the lathing that would make cracking a lot easier but, it's still roaring. Note to buyers that stagg cybmals run a bit thin so I would get the DH medium or rock if youre a heavy hitter. I sort of am a heavy hitter so I will update the review and note how long it has lasted.

                         
                        4.0

                        Better than I thought

                        By deezycakes

                        from Pittsburgh

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                        Pros

                        • Cast
                        • Cheap
                        • Nice Wash
                        • Responsive Feel

                        Cons

                        • Minor Imperfections

                        Best Uses

                        • Slower Music

                        Comments about Stagg DH Dual-Hammered Exo Medium Thin Crash Cymbal:

                        Only bought because of coupon code, but I'd probably buy at full price. Better than I thought, more washy than I thought (17")

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