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Zildjian Cymbal Box Sets - Which is Best For You?

Written by: Tony Interlande

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Time to read 4 min

If you're a drummer, you know the importance of having a versatile and high-quality set of cymbals to complement your drum kit. Zildjian is a name synonymous with top-tier cymbals, and they offer a range of cymbal box sets that can take your drumming to the next level. In this guide, we'll explore some of the best Zildjian cymbal box sets available, with a focus on options from Drum Center of Portsmouth.


Whether you're a beginner looking to upgrade your cymbals or a seasoned pro seeking new sounds, these sets have something for everyone.

Zildjian Kolossal K Cymbal Set (DCP Exclusive)

Zildjian Kolossal K Cymbal Set

 

The Zildjian Kolossal K Cymbal box set is a Drum Center of Portsmouth EXCLUSIVE  that packs a punch. The DCP Kolossal Set includes a 24" K Light Ride, 15" K Light hats, and 18" and 20" K Dark Thin crashes. This pack is geared towards the drummer looking for a bigger, darker sound. These are covered with a 2 year warranty. These cymbals offer a warm and rich sound that's perfect for a wide range of musical styles. 


Zildjian Kolossal K Cymbal Set

Pros:

  • Big and Warm: Ideal for drummers who like bigger and more complex sounds. 
  • Proven Track Record: This pack includes cymbals that are know and loved. 
  • Killer Value: If purchased individually, the combined price is $1829.80, which means this exclusive set offers some "Kolossal" savings!

Cons:

  • Larger Sizes: Some may find these cymbals to be a bit large.
  • Washy Ride: The ride does not have the most stick definition.

Zildjian A Sweet Set Cymbal Pack (DCP Exclusive AP100)

Zildjian A Sweet Set Cymbal Pack
 

The DCP Sweet Set is a box set that includes a 23" Zildjian Sweet Ride Cymbal, a pair of 15" New Beats along with 18" and 20" Thin crashes. This is a custom pre-pack we've designed for the drummer who wants a huge, but refined cymbal sound.


The Sweet Set was an idea we had to deliver the re-energized A Zildjian cymbals at the best possible price. The set is designed for maximum tone and projection, and we think that the thin crashes blended better and created a bigger overall sound. On top of that, the thinner cymbals vibrate more freely, minimizing the risk of breakage.


Zildjian A Sweet Set Cymbal Pack

Pros:

  • Classic Sound: This pack includes some of Zildjian's most iconic sounds. 
  • Versatility: The cymbals in this set are some of the most versatile out there.


Cons:

  • Not the most “Interesting”: Some may find these cymbals to be a vanilla.

Zildjian K Sweet Cymbal Pack

Zildjian K Sweet Cymbal Pack

Zildjian K Sweet Cymbal Pack

 

The Zildjian K Sweet Cymbal Pack is a versatile set designed to deliver a modern and dark K Zildjian sound. Over sized 15” HiHats feature a thin top and an extra heavy bottom, creating a great wash without sacrificing a satisfying and solid “chick”. The 17” and 19” crashes are extra thin in weight for a fast response, and their unlathed bells create nicely balanced high frequencies. The medium weight 21” ride is crashable, with great stick definition and a clear bell tone.


 They're an excellent choice for drummers who want a contemporary sound that suits a variety of genres.

Pros:

  • Modern “K” Sound: The K Sweet crashes are the perfect modern take on the classic K crash sound. 
  • Super Versatile: These will fit in just about any style.


Cons:

  • Definition: The ride may not have enough stick definition to cut through louder musical situations.

Zildjian A Custom Matched Cymbal Set

Zildjian A Custom Matched Cymbal Set

Zildjian A Custom Matched Cymbal Set

 

The Sound Of The Nineties...And The Sound Of Today. Be Timeless With The A Custom From Zildjian


Recognized by their striking brilliant finish, A Custom cymbals feature unique tonal grooves and lower profiles. Together, these attributes produce a smoother, glassier and brighter sounding cymbal with more give when struck. It is these qualities that have made the sound of A Customs particularly sought after in the studio. 


This pack includes: 

14" A Custom Hi Hats
16" A Custom Crash
20" A Custom Medium Ride
Value Added 18" A Custom Crash


The A Custom Cymbals all have a brilliant finish and they feature modern rotary hammering for a thinner weight, fine pattern of narrow symmetrical grooves that create just enough stiffness.

Pros:

  • Bright & Glassy: The A Customs are the archetype for pristine and hi-fi sounding cymbals.
  • Recording: Microphones just love these cymbals!


Cons:

  • Not for low volume: These won't make your jazz dreams come true. 

Zildjian K Optimized Cymbal Set - DCP Exclusive!

Zildjian K Optimized Cymbal Set - DCP Exclusive!

Zildjian K Optimized Cymbal Set - DCP Exclusive!

 

The K Optimized pack is the latest in the line-up of exclusive box sets dreamt up right here at Drum Center of Portsmouth by Shane himself! In looking at the packs that Zildjian had put together, he thought, "these packs are ideal for Zildjian, but drummers these days want bigger crashes and bigger rides, so let's do that!"

 

Fortunately, Zildjian agreed, and the K Optimized pack was born. The pack consists of the ideal sizes for versatility and fullness of sound, with Dark Thin crashes and the "gotta-have" K rides and hats!

This is a great way to get what we feel is the best combination of K Zildjian cymbals.

 

The Zildjian K Optimized Cymbal Set Consists Of:

  • 14" K Hi Hats
  • 17" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 19" K Dark Thin Crash
  • 22" K Ride

Pros:

  • “Optimized” Crashes: The 17" and 19" crashes are more in line with what drummers are looking for today.
  • Classic Sounds: The K sound we all know and love.


Cons:

  • Not for Metal: These may not cut through all your crazy blast-beats.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Zildjian offers a wide range of cymbal box sets to cater to the preferences of drummers at every level. Whether you prefer the classic A Zildjian sound or the modern K Zildjian vibe, there's a set for you. Consider your musical style and personal preferences when choosing one of the Zildjian cymbal box sets to elevate your drumming experience. Visit Drum Center of Portsmouth for exclusive offerings and expert advice on selecting the right cymbals for your drum kit.


Now that we've explored these exceptional Zildjian cymbal box sets, you're one step closer to finding the perfect sound for your drumming journey. Happy drumming!


Zildjian Cymbal Box Sets