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Sabian X-Celerator, HHXplosion, HHX Evolution and Jia Chinese cymbals

Though Sabian’s cymbal-making pedigree goes back hundreds of years, Sabian Ltd. celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration the company produced a slew of new cymbals, including two pairs of 14-inch hats, both featuring a scalloped bottom cymbal similar to those pioneered by Paiste more than 30 years ago. This design eliminates air lock and provides consistency of sound. The models represented are the AAX X-Celerator hats and the less expensive, but no less musical, Pro X-Celerator hats.

Sabian has engineered what it calls “auto-focus response” into the AAX cymbals. As I understand it, this means that the tone of the cymbals from high to low remains the same no matter how soft or loud you play them, which eliminates conflicting overtones. I like a cymbal that acts differently depending on how I play it, but I’m sure many drummers would appreciate the consistency.

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