The Birth of New Cymbals
2001, Dave was invited to create a collection of cymbals with
Sabian, a company he describes as "one of the most innovative and
caring family companies that I am happy to be associated with." This
experience lead to the creation of one of the industry's most popular
cymbal lines - the HHX Evolution Series.
Creating the HHX Evolution line was a team effort, and
the team impressed Dave throughout the process. Dave worked for many
months with Mark Love, Sabian's head cymbal maker, and an
extremely talented group of individuals dedicated to the craft.
learned a lot about the cymbal making process during the design and
development of the HHX Evolution Series.
"We went through rounds and
rounds of prototypes," he said, "and there was no stopping them (the
team). With each round, we came closer to what I was looking for."
He was constantly impressed by the skills of Mark and the Sabian
what truly impressed Dave was the team's ability to understand what he
wanted and methodically work toward a sound and feel that he had been
dreaming about for so many years.
came full-circle for me," Dave said. "After years of playing cymbals
and learning to get what I wanted from them, the
cymbals themselves were giving me the sounds, textures and feel
where is the big Dave Weckl signature on the cymbals? You better look
idea was to help create a cymbal that would speak for itself," Dave
explains, "with beautiful sonic qualities, for lots of different music
styles, and for many years of usage." It is for this reason that Dave
felt it better to understate his involvement on the cymbals
themselves, having only a small signature on the underside of the
bell. He even asked Sabian to minimize all logos; to give the
collection a classy look and feel.
the way they play, Dave says, "I wanted a cymbal that invited you to
play it with no resistance, speaking with incredible clarity and
brilliance, air, and atmosphere. I insisted they be the most
consistent cymbal made, which I firmly believe we have achieved due to
strict weight constraints in the manufacturing process (there are no
thins, medium thins, heavies, etc.)."
like the music making experience, this was a true team effort, " Dave
adds. "I want to personally thank the founder of Sabian, Robert
Zildjian, for inviting me to the team.
Sabian HHX Legacy Cymbals
In Janurary of 2006, Sabian
introduced another line of cymbals produced in collaboration with
Dave, called HHX Legacy.
Comprising 14" Hi-Hats,
10" and 12" Splashes, 17" and 18" Crashes, 20" and 21" Legacy
Rides, a 22" Heavy Ride, and a 20" Ozone Ride, Legacy is a
deeper, darker contrast to the brighter sound of Evolution.
Once again, Dave worked
Sabian master product specialist Mark Love, who said: "Legacy is one of the most
in-depth cymbal projects Sabian has undertaken, with Dave Weckl
testing various prototypes in performance and recording situations
over several years. The 'Tone Texture' feature of Legacy stems from
Dave's desire to have deeper, darker sounds combining with rich
musical tonalities, creating an extended tonal palette."
Dave, who plays Legacy on their own or mixes them with Evolution
models: "Legacy is the darker side of my sound. These cymbals are
vibrant, trashy and beautiful...all at once. 'Tone
these cymbals a great deal of dark, musical color that encompasses the
full tonal spectrum but digs way down deep, for a broader, more
complex tonal personality. The hats 'speak' crisply and cleanly, but
always with that simmering HHX tone. The Legacy Ride has great
articulation over a dark cushion of sound, while the Heavy Ride is
big, clean and crisp yet warm. The crashes are punchy, dark and
complex. They're designed to punctuate without overpowering. For
something different there's the O-Zone Ride which has five 2" holes in
its upper half and is great for riding or crashing; I can sit back on
it or dig in and stir up a turbulence of dark, angry tone. 'The 'Tone
Texture' of these cymbals makes Legacy a compelling consideration for
any drummer looking for sounds that offer a new richness to their
According to Love, the Legacy sound has been created using a wide
variety of unique designs and a wide mix of creative methods. He added "Dave is
extremely particular about sound, so each model in the Legacy line was
created on the basis of the sound he was seeking, so various hammering
and lathing techniques have been employed by our artisans."
Dave concluded: "From my experience,
Sabian is the most open-minded
cymbal company ever. I've never met cymbal makers who care so much
about every aspect of the cymbal making process. From developing the
concept, to designing the cymbal, to shaping the metal, to creating
the sound... nobody does it better than Sabian."
cymbals are individually handcrafted from Sabian B20 'cast' bronze.
They are available exclusively in Natural Finish, and are
quality-protected by a special Sabian 2-Year Warranty.
here to find a
Sabian dealer near you.
here to return
to the top of the page.