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Zildjian K. Custom Session Cymbals; Special Dry Crashes

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Times change and musical tastes tend to run in cycles. Whereas 20 or 30 years ago drummers were demanding heavier, more penetrating styles of cymbals to cope with the ever-escalating volume of rock, funk and fusion, modern drummers seem to be gravitating toward a thinner, drier sound and feel due to today’s more sophisticated sound reinforcement and recording techniques.

The modern hammering and lathing techniques applied to the new 16-inch and 18-inch K. Custom Session crashes are meant to retain aspects of the dark sound, buttery feel and harmonic complexity of the classic K. Zildjians, but these contemporary designs have a higher shape, and thus a higher fundamental pitch, so they offer drummers greater dynamic range and a more focused attack. Both Session crashes have a low voicing with a darkly inflected overtone series, plus plenty of warmth and body. The 18-inch is fuller and fatter, with a nice broad spread to the sound (yet more solid and sustaining in the mode of a crash-ride), while the 16-inch is tighter and more lightly focused, with more shimmer and sweetness. Both project a smooth, velvety aura when played with a light- to medium-weight stick, and each evinces a wet, fulsome crash with a controllable wash that cuts out quickly.

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