Review: Zildjian L80 18” China Cymbal

The 18” China is the latest addition to the low volume Zildjian L80 cymbal set, which includes crash, rides, splash and hi-hats.

Added to the house kit, there is of course no way of knowing whether this cymbal is, as claimed, ‘80 per cent quieter’, but we guess that’s a fair estimate. No matter how hard you hit, the volume stays way down. It’s very ‘trashy’ and produces that classic China sound, while the feel is pretty much that of a conventional cymbal.

We found it worked especially well in a practice setting, particularly alongside an electronic kit where cymbal feel has always been an issue. During a session at a small venue gig it worked perfectly as a low-volume standard crash.

Priced at just £129 online, this 18” China is hardly expensive, though could still be considered as a luxury by some. For a practice set up, though, we can’t recommend this china, and its L80 stablemates, strongly enough. David Gallant

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