I'll have to agree with ya. I find Sabian and zildjian kind of use the same formula basically. Sabian does have a lot more special stuff like the vault and artisan series and hand hammered lines. For instance if you took two crashes from the same range like a Sabian as and zildjian a, I find their very similar in tone. Pitchight be different but their very warm cymbals. The k customs and HHx are very similar too in how their dark and bright. I suggest like everyone said and match with some of your cymbals. Just close your eyes and think of a song or sound your liking for. Play the cymbals in their corresponding parts and see if the sound works.Of all the cymbal brands I've found sabians and Zildjians mix the easiest. Not surprising given the family connection. Whatever works for your ears and keeps you inspired - go for it.
This is a scientifically sound analysis, but sometimes I put my 18" Agop Om onto my 21" AA Raw Bell Dry Ride and the Sabian, trapped, submits entirely to the dark Turkish mystique.A very strange thing will happen when you add that one Sabian. All the other cymbals will be terrified by the newcomer and will start breaking because their molecular structure will break down. You can wait until they each break one at a time, or you can just get rid of them now, and get a whole herd of the stronger dominant bread.
This is me, totally. I can't stand mixing brands.If youre not contractually obliged to use a single brand of cymbal, youre doing yourself a disservice by limiting yourself to one brand because it looks good or it messes with your OCD when you mix them up. You're completely reducing your sound pallette by sticking with one brand - I've Sabians for FX sounds that Zildjian can't produce, my rides are Meinl because I love the way those particular cymbals sound and no other brand can create, my crashes are mostly Zildjian because I love the power and depth that Zildjian put into the modern larger crashes in the K-line.
Nobody will judge you, and not one member of the audience will notice or give a f**k.
Sabians basically are Zildjian in all practical matters... They have always worked well together for meOf all the cymbal brands I've found sabians and Zildjians mix the easiest. Not surprising given the family connection. Whatever works for your ears and keeps you inspired - go for it.