View Full Version : what cymbal has lastest you the longest?

03-27-2012, 11:10 PM
just thought i would find out

03-27-2012, 11:17 PM
I got my Sabian AA El Sabor 18" around 1993, and it is still going strong. Peace, goodwill, and blues.

03-28-2012, 03:22 AM
I own a 16" Vibra that I have had for 45 years. I also have a K. Zildjian 20" ride with rivets, which was made in Turkey - had this one for 44 years. No cracks in either cymbal.

03-28-2012, 04:23 AM
For live playing and bashing use Paiste PST 5's, I used Paiste 802's before that. They sound great for the money and I have never broken one but I have broken everything else. I use Zildjian K 18 and 19 thin crashes at home when I play at ease.

03-28-2012, 06:16 AM
The Zildjian cymbals that I inherited from my dad. They were made in the 1940's, so that makes them about 70 years old.


03-28-2012, 12:10 PM
The Zildjian cymbals that I inherited from my dad. They were made in the 1940's, so that makes them about 70 years old.


Same story for me though mine were made in the 1930's.

03-28-2012, 12:54 PM
Sabian AAX.
Their cymbals now have a two year warranty, and the stage crashes are thick and heavy.
My 18" stage crash still survived after being knocked over, the durability is phenomenal.

My shortest-lasting cymbal was my Zildjian ZHT 18" Fast Crash. Being a fast crash, they are thin and not designed to resonate. This sound is good if desired, but the durabilty and strength of the cymbals are quite poor.

03-28-2012, 03:18 PM
I have a 22" A Zildjian ride cymbal that I purchased in 1973..........it sounds gorgeous.

03-28-2012, 03:28 PM
My current oldest cymbal is a 19" A Zildjian medium-thin crash I bought in 1988.

03-28-2012, 05:23 PM
My oldest cymbal(s) are a pair of Sabian brilliant AA regular 13" hihats that I bought when I was in high school. Sometime around 1987. Still use them today and would never get rid of them.

03-28-2012, 05:48 PM
20" Z heavy Power Ride purchased used 20 years ago.

Short of taking a sledge hammer to it, I don't think it could be broken.

03-28-2012, 06:02 PM
I got my New Beats in 1980 and my A. Rock Ride in 1981.

03-28-2012, 10:47 PM
Avedis 17 thin and 18 med-thin crashes, I bought in 2006. Not that old really but considering the beating they've been given, they've lasted a long time.

03-28-2012, 10:52 PM
An 70's A.Zildjian 18" Medium Thin Crash.
My favorite cymbal actually..

03-28-2012, 11:04 PM
I have a 20" K Pre-Aged Dry Light Ride that I got around 1998 I think. Still sounds great!

Mad About Drums
03-28-2012, 11:22 PM
My oldest cymbal is a Zildjian 18" Swish whitout rivets and no holes, it's a very versatile china, a bit on the thin side, it can be very warm for such a cymbal, but also plenty of attack with an explosive "chinese" sound, I love it, I bought it in 1980 in Kentish Town, London. :)

03-29-2012, 01:57 AM
well i have bought zildjians that were made in the early 60's.... they're still going good. no cracks, or keyholeing.

Jeremy Bender
04-01-2012, 04:27 AM
My first "pro" cymbal from 1983 a Paiste 2002 16" crash.

04-01-2012, 06:42 AM
That I bought new: 14" HHX Evolution hats
That I bought used: 9" and 11" 1930s Avedis Zildjian splashes

04-01-2012, 06:57 AM
a 1977 Paiste 'Black Label" 2oo2 ride. (But I didn't buy it until 2007).
Of all my cymbals, which I have bought, re-sold or traded-up often, this one lasted.

04-02-2012, 05:41 PM

Byzance 15" thin crash. I had a drummer friend of mine that would bash the crap out of it, he played metal and it made me nervous. It's still going strong and it was my very first cymbal ever. that was 5 years ago.

Dj magic d
04-06-2012, 06:37 PM
a pair of k/z 13" zildjians from the 80's with block lettering. Still going strong.
a 21" paiste signature dry heavy ride. My favorite ride ever, so I probably baby it a little. 9 years old
a 20 " z custom projection crash . what a beast.

04-06-2012, 07:30 PM
14 inch Avedis Zildjian thin crash.

8 inch A custom splash.

I had my crash longer than my ride.

The best cymbal ever, until a drunk and on drugs bass palyer ruined it, while I left my drums at th epractice spot was my Zildjian 16 inch medium crash. Only Zildjian on the name, before the "Avedis" was added.

He took it off the stand and stood ont he bell, because in his drug addled misery, thought my cymbal was bad. He also knew I loved it, so he broke it.

I didn't break him, I left the band. That lasted through my tougher bashing days.

04-07-2012, 12:52 AM
I haven't been playing long but my Z Custom Ride has lasted the whole time, even when I broke an A Custom crash. It's the first professional cymbal I ever got and I'm never gonna sell it, and no doubt in my mind it'll last a long time.