Sabian’s B8 line has been upgraded with new hammering and lathing techniques, and are available as the B8 Pro. This particular one is the 18″ medium crash cymbal. The sound has incredible punch, with a bright, bell ringing tonality with moderate sustain. The B8 Pro’s are inexpensive, but don’t let that fact, or that they are made from sheet metal stock, fool you. The B8 Pro’s could have a spot in your kit. They crash loud and hard, making them ideal for conventional or metal rock use.
- Manufacturer Line: B8 Pro
- Type: Crash
- Style: Medium
- Alloy: B8 – CuSn8 – 92% Copper, 8% Tin
- Diameter: 18″
- Metal Work: Machine Hammered, Machine Lathed, Brilliant Finish
- Weight: 3.5 Pounds
- MSRP: $193 USA; Street Price $105
This cymbal has deep hammering, and the hammer spots are large and widely spaced. The lathing is very deep, and includes the bell. The sound is very bright and piercing. It can easily be used as a ride cymbal if needed.
The spectrum shows peaks at 280 kHz, 430 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, and 3.7 kHz before a slow decline to 50 kHz.
The Level vs. Time spectrum shows two peaks, with the first one – the loudest – at 0.16 seconds, and the second one at 0.42 seconds. This is caused by harmonics beating against one another. The overall decay speed is moderate.
Click HERE to listen to an audio sample, which will include crash (when appropriate), ride, and bell sounds (these are 24 bit, 176.4 kHz wav files, so be sure your sound card is capable of handling these high resolution sound files).