HHX brings out lows and complexity of tone, quick to speak and maintain quality at all dynamic levels.
HHX Zen China
A unique inverted china design makes this easier to play when mounted flat.
Traditional hand hammering is used, followed by additional HHX hammering to flatten out the playing surface next to the bell.
"The 20" HHX Zen china has an unusual convoluted profile with a normal round bell, allowing it to be played the usual way up (not inverted like most chinas) - and the rim is bent down for easy crashing and riding. It's traditionally hand-hammered but also has extra HHX-style hammering to flatten out the playing surface next to the bell. Zen implies inscrutable and the 20" HHX china is more subtle and sweet, less trashy and more musical than many chinas. This means that if you ride it by walloping the edge with strong quarter notes (the way chinas are often assailed these days) the result is a more harmonious racket than is usual.
The way it sits on the stand makes it easy to ride, as well as in a more studied stick-tip manner if you prefer. The overall sound is full-bodied, but it's deep, warm and smooth for a china." - Geoff Nicholls
"The 20" Zen China alludes to something gong-like with a slightly oriental-looking, rustling sustain on the flanged edge, which is great for striking, dark accents. Due to the size, it sounds wide and powerful. But there are also slightly different notes of the distinctive attack on the profile and edge. The slight touch becomes more subtle and the attack with focused, throaty to slightly pointed sound parameters comes to the fore. Here, faster ride patterns can also be appear very cleanly. In this respect, Zen China offers some interesting spectrum of sounds." - Ralf Mikolajczak
"The 20" Zen China aims to uphold the traditional Chinese sound while increasing playability by transposing the cup direction. Inverting the cup allows the cymbal to be mounted flat
and right side up (instead of the typical upside-down position) and played with more finesse. This China, with its darker tonality, lent itself nicely to being used as a ride alternative. Additional HHX hammering near the bell flattens out the surface, creating a more spread-out wash. I was able to pull interesting splashes and trashy accents out of the cymbal, rather than
simply exploiting the benefits of its inherent trashiness for heavy accents. As a full-on effects piece, the Zen China
wasn't as explosive or one-dimensional as other Chinas I've played. Its attack was far less abrasive." - David Clauro
Sabian has TWO years warranty against manufacturing flaws, starting from date of the purchase.
This cymbal is ready to ship out from Sabian warehouse.