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Product Review: 11″ Aax X-plosion Splash

The following is the second of a series of articles from SABIAN Community members who were asked to submit original reviews, road stories and drum/percussion articles.

Several months ago I purchased a 9" Prototype splash that I simply loved and never wanted to give up. After a few months, I really wanted a splash to complement it, and I had a few models in mind. After an hour of trying every single splash in my local drum store, I just couldn’t find one that suited what I was looking for. I wanted a bright cymbal that could cut and work well as a quick accent when needed, but also a nice, small crash in softer parts. I thought I was going to leave the store empty handed when I came across the 11" AAX X-Plosion splash. I looked at it and thought, "Well, this is the only splash I didn’t try," then I struck it once with my stick and stood there for about 15 seconds before playing it again. I thought to myself, "It’s perfect!" It had the EXACT sound I was looking for! It went perfectly with my 9" Prototype and 10" B8. It was almost like a mix between the two – it had the bright, cutting edge of the B8, with the response and glassy tone of the prototype. I was fortunate enough to get to play a gig with it for the first time on Friday, November 20th, 2009 and it cut through all of the white noise like a hot knife on butter. It blended very well with the other SABIANs on the kit. I’m extremely glad I walked out of that drum store with this splash. For any drummer looking for a bright splash for quick accents, or even a micro-crash, you simply can’t go wrong with the 11" AAX X-Plosion splash. It’s versatile enough to serve you well in a jazz setting, or cut over the white noise of distorted guitars and boosted bass (believe me, I’ve tested it everywhere and there’s nowhere it can’t go without blending in perfectly). Review by: Bryan Hughey (Community Profile name: DrummerofThought) Check out his SABIAN Community profile, including a bio, pictures and much more HERE!


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