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Zildjian K. Custom Session Cymbals; Special Dry Crashes

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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