Zildjian Vs. Sabian

Zildjian and Sabian are both a type of cymbal used with drum kits, or a cymbal line in marching band, among other settings.To compare the origin of both companies, their processes and difference in manufacture, quality and sound, let's start from the beginning.
Both companies started their process by one person.The founder passed away and left the original business, Zildjian, to his two sons.One son wanted to carry on the family business with the traditional style of cymbal manufactured.The second son decided to take his half and embark on a new style of manufacture.
Each cymbal, regardless of company, starts its birth with a specified metal alloy.This alloy is mixed with the cymbal’s desired finish and sound in mind, with bronze usually being the base metal.Each cymbal alloy is rolled and semi-shaped with a general form.Only the bell and the body exist in a very raw, unfinished form, and the heat spots are apparent.
This point is what determines the quality.If a manufacturer has used mostly tin, these will be the lower-end cymbals.These are easily manufactured. Turn out is high, but the down side is the tinny sound you get from the cymbal.The finish is sometimes referred to as a ‘brilliant’ finish.This means you can see your reflection in the cymbal itself.Some higher-end cymbals are also finished in this same process, but the alloy mix has a more precious metal used in its manufacture.The other style is referred to as ‘traditional’ finish.These are usually lathed on a metal lathe and have a brushed looking finish on the cymbal.
One of the more important differences between traditional and brilliant are that the brilliant cymbal’s tonal grooves come from the hammering, whereas the traditional cymbal’s tonal grooves come from the lathing.When the cymbal is lathed, microscopic cracks appear within the metal banding pattern and the sound projects from these micro cracks.These traditi…


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