Sabian AA Raw Bell Dry Ride Cymbal
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A brighter sounding version of Sabian's best-selling cymbal.
Topped with a solid, raw bell, the versatile Sabian AA Raw Bell Dry Ride Cymbal delivers strong, dry stick articulation with a touch of tone at every volume.
The Sabian AA Raw-Bell Dry Ride taps into the bright, classic sounds of the award-winning cymbal company's traditional AA series. Topped by a raw, unlathed bell, this medium-heavy model is designed to deliver strong, dry stick articulation with a touch of tone at every volume. The raw bell responds with a bright, extremely solid note, while strokes across the bow area are consistently strong and cutting. A powerful cymbal by design, the Sabian Raw-Bell Dry Ride Cymbal delivers solid sticking, but with a tonal quality that makes this a surprisingly musical and versatile 'dry' design.
Commented Sabian product specialist Mark Love: "The innovative Raw-Bell design proved so popular in our Hand Hammered series (it's the choice of Phil Collins, Jose Pasillas and Geoff Dugmore amongst many others) that there was a huge demand for the same model only with a brighter, more cutting sound. This AA version has traditional wide-blade lathing circling its solid, raw-bell, so wherever a stick lands the sound is always defined, powerful and clear on every stroke. The AA Raw-Bell Dry Ride cymbal has that power and definition to deliver a kick of energy."
The bright, traditional sound of a Sabian AA cymbal offers a distinct contrast to the darker, traditional sound of the Hand Hammered series. Starting with B20 bronze multi-rolled and processed for maximum durability before being shaped to a high profile under 75 tons of hydraulic pressure and machine hammered for a tonal consistency, Sabian AA cymbals are energized, bright, and musical. A versatile series with some very specialized models, Sabian AA is ideal for any music requiring bright tonal presence, power and cut.
The Sabian AA Raw-Bell Dry Ride cymbal is crafted from Sabian B20 'cast' bronze, the world's most musical and durable cymbal metal. Available in Natural and Brilliant Finish, it is - like all Sabian AA cymbals - quality-protected by the One-Year Warranty.
- Style: vintage
- Sound: bright
- Finish: natural
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Comments about Sabian AA Raw Bell Dry Ride Cymbal:
The Sabian 21" AA Raw Bell Dry Ride is a medium-heavy weight, allowing for a nice controlled wash that dosen't overpower the ride when playing, but creates just enough sustain to give the area around the drums a nice, warm foundation. Although it is a natural finish, the ping is bright and clear, but can also be made a little darker with wood sticks. The stick definition is great, allowing you to hear every hit you make, while only allowing a minor buildup of wash.The bell is easily the best bell I have heard. Because of its raw surface, the bell is incredibly loud and piercing, with a somewhat bright tone. Striking the bell generates a small response from the rest of the cymbal, and the bell's low profile makes finding the "sweet spot" very easy.The AA Raw Bell Dry Ride cuts through the music, and the HH blends right in. When I tried out the HH Raw Bell Dry Ride, I played it behind a drumset, and it was somewhat audible, but when I stood further back and let someone else play it with the drums, all I could hear was the wash and a little bit of the bell. The ping on the AA Raw Bell Dry Ride had no problems cutting through, the wash was just enough to engulf the set in a warm tone, but didn't stick out on its own, and the bell just shot right through anything. I would recommend the AA Raw Bell Dry Ride to anyone, since it's versatility covers such a wird range, and depending on where you strike it and what sticks you use, the sound options are fully customizable.