UFIP Bionic Series cymbals
The Rhythm Best in drums 2016 polls have received over 136,000 votes, and we're now ready to roll out the winners. The nominees were what we considered to be the drummers and gear that have excelled in 2016. Here, we present the best cymbals of 2016. First up we have the Bionic Series from UFIP …
We said: "The UFIP Bionic Series is a fantastic set of cymbals, which would be equally at home in a rock or metal environment and many other genres too."
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Istanbul Agop Xist ION cymbals
We said: "The Xist IONs bring a modern sound to the table at a reasonably modest price-point. Bold and glassy FX sounds across the board and infinitely stackable."
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Bosphorus XT Edition cymbals
We said: "The Bosphorus XT Edition shows that sometimes it pays to listen to professionals. These cymbals are highly versatile, easy to control and stunning to look at."
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Meinl Classics Custom Dark 2016 additions
We said: "Meinl’s Classics Custom Dark range has been a favourite of ours ever since its launch, and the addition of new models, including a new 18” Dark China, 21” Dark crash and 10” Dark splash, have only helped this become one of our go-to ranges."
Paiste 2002 Black Big Beat cymbals
We said: "Paiste's 2002 B8 alloy can be sharp and bright, but the new Big Beats, while retaining the assertive clarity of expression, also have a more complex, darker and softer underbelly."
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Sabian HH Remastered cymbals
We said: "Sometimes a remake can be a bitter disappointment, but in this case Sabian’s got it dead right. The HH Remastered cymbals are brilliantly musical and show a great level of versatility."
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Winner: Zildjian S Family Series cymbals
We said: "Improving on the old ZHT series, the B12 bronze alloy Zildjian S Family is a good-looking intermediate level series with a range of weights. It offers a compelling range of sounds to cover near-all styles and tastes."
Full review: Zildjian S Family Series cymbals review