XS20 As I Think Of Them
by Dusty Hoff
(Ringwood, Hants, UK)
I own XS20 high hats which I feel are 90% on a par with the Zildjian custom A hi-hats I play regularly, they just sound slightly darker but would thoroughly recommend them as a good quality budget alternative.
However, I think the analysis I read in this article is exactly right. The B8 16" I own for practice lacks any depth but makes a good noisy shimmering crash for the price. I don't play it live anymore because it just lacks sufficient range of sound like the Custom A.
The 18" XS20 crash my son pinched/uses is a nice sounding cymbal but just lacks the longer decay, fuller tonal range and sweetness of the Custom A.
I also play a Bosphorous 18" crash (good make to check out) which gives me more of a jazz/ride feel and bit more sizzle but for a lot less money than a Custom A.
I have to play a very wide range of styles and you really get what you pay for in cymbals. Happy to swap the XS20 because they just don't project enough musically for me, but they make excellent starter or practice cymbals.
I don't think anyone would know the difference in a pub gig but if recording or doing more percussive work you do, the A's are a big comfort zone as I know they always sound good in any style. My next cymbal will be a 16" Custom A or or a Sabian HHX or AAX.
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