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Sabian 19-Inch AAX X-Treme Chinese Cymbal

4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

Price: $265.60 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • Cuts through the noise with oriental punch and focused power
  • An extremely fast and focused Chinese cymbal
  • Penetrating definition with total presence and power
  • Protected by SABIAN Two-Year Warranty
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$265.60 & FREE Shipping. Details Only 2 left in stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Product Description

Product Description

An extremely fast and open attack, raw and ripping sound, and punch power with rapid decay make the SABIAN 19" AAX X-Treme Chinese the ideal choice to cut through any band at any volume. Sure, the band may hate you, but you know a good thing when you hear it! The SABIAN AAX series delivers consistently bright, crisp, clear and cutting responses – AAX is the ultimate Modern Bright sound!


Extremely fast and providing a shimmering modern bright sound with innovative Dynamic Focus at all volumes., the 19-inch Sabian AAX X-Treme Chinese cymbal offers a bright, biting response that's big, trashy, and brash.

  • Size: 18 inches
  • Style: Modern
  • Sound: Modern Bright
  • Metal: B20
  • Weight: Thin
  • Finish: Natural/Brilliant

AAX Line Key Features

  • Dynamic Focus design delivers shimmering modern bright responses at all volumes.
  • Hand-guided, high-pressure hammering for instant response.
  • Hand-cut, pinpoint lathing maximizes sensitivity for increased dynamic range.
  • High-profile shape for brighter, more explosive and cutting responses.
  • Various designs, some including raw bell or holes, for wide range of sounds.
  • Made of pure Sabian B20 bronze--20 percent tin, 80 percent copper, and traces of silver.
  • All Sabian B20 bronze cymbals are quality protected by a two-year warranty

Tap it. Thrash it. With its 'Dynamic Focus' design delivering total response accuracy at every volume, only AAX lets you work all the dynamic levels, from low volume to high, with total control. In the studio or on stage, in every style of music, only AAX delivers such consistently bright, crisp, clear, and cutting responses. AAX is the ultimate Modern Bright sound.

Dynamic Focus. The first modern B20 cymbal design concept, 'Dynamic Focus' delivers total control by eliminating volume threshold and distortion. The bright attack, the shimmering sustain, and the ability of AAX to perform with excellence at all volumes lets your playing shine.

What They're Saying

"The arrival of AAX changed everything. It's so efficient, so effective, so modern." --Daniel Adair

"AAX is a secret weapon. Tap it or slam it, it always delivers. I mix AAX and APX. Now that's a wicked combo!" --Ray Luzier

Play the Right Cymbals

Every cymbal has its strengths and limitations. Hitting a smaller or thinner cymbal harder and harder to get a bigger sound or make it louder isn't the answer. It wasn't designed to be so loud. So don't use small, thin cymbals for high-volume, hard-hitting playing (unless you want a contrast in your set-up... but don't hit them as hard as the rest.) For volume, power and durability, choose bigger and heavier models. And consider the brighter sounding series, like AA, AAX, PRO and Sonix. Their sounds are higher pitched and more effective at cutting through a loud band. Lower pitched series, like Hand Hammered and HHX, also offer models suitable for powering any style of music.

Product Information

Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 19 x 19 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
ASIN B0002E29A8
Item model number 21986X
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #115,782 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#146 in Musical Instruments > Drums & Percussion > Drum Sets & Set Components > Cymbals > China & Effect
Date first available at Amazon.com November 15, 2008

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I really like this 19" Sabian AAX X-Treme china cymbal. However, if I were to buy it over again I'd select the 17" size. Honestly, I wanted a dark trashy crash sound, and this cymbal delivers. Loudly. It's actually a little "too" loud, if you can have a cymbal too loud. It overpowers my 16" and 18" Sabian AAX crashes. It's a great cymbal! I would have selected the 17" size if I could buy it again only because I want the cymbal to "blend" in and not overpower my other brass.

It's a good cymbal, just remember that it's a huge loud cymbal and you might want to consider the 17" size unless you mainly play 18" and 20" crashes.

**UPDATE** I changed my review to 5-stars. After recording my drumset for the past few months, I've noticed that this 19" china is really a great choice. I'm glad I bought the 19" as it has more volume. In my earlier review, I thought the larger size would make the cymbal too loud, and it was too loud to my ears. However after recording my brass w/ my drumset and a band, the larger size adds just enough "oomph" to power though a rock band without being drowned out. Overall, I made a good choice w/ this cymbal. Sounds great. Worth the extra $ for the 19" size.
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This Chinese cymbal is perfect for my tastes. It's got a great sustain that is bright and has a long duration, and it's a versatile cymbal. You can hit it towards the edge with a shank for a trashy sound, or if you hit it with the stick flat against the cymbal you can obtain a more metallic sound that you hear with many Zildjian or Paiste China cymbals.

And, of course, as an acoustic drummer, my favorite part about any piece of my kit is the volume. My whole kit is loud, but this China really stands out about the rest of the kit. Everyone and their mother can hear this China from my home, even with a light touch. The volume of this China should really preserve it for any drummer. You can lightly hit this cymbal and get the volume of an 18" medium crash at least, so you shouldn't have to hit this hard at all. Should keep it in pretty good shape.
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This is, by far, the best sounding china I have ever played. Has perfect sustain, and trashiness, that it just cuts through all of the music amazingly. However, the only downside is that it cracks very easily if played wrong. I only had mine a few days before it cracked, and I was very disappointed. But that's because I had been playing it with the cymbal too tight on the stand. But even after the cracks, it still sounds brand new! Definitely recommend it, but be careful about playing it too hard.
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