When I started playing drums there were no low volume cymbal. My only option was to put rubber mutes on all of my cymbals if I wanted to practice drums in my apartment. Have you ever played those? The sound is awful.
Fast forward 30 years and FINALLY, they are here! I use the Zildjian Low Volume 80 cymbals and think they are the best on the market. From the time I first played my Zildjian Low Volume 80 cymbals, I knew they were a game changer.
For the millions of drummers around the World who live in apartments, these cymbals are a Godsend. The tone and feel are like real cymbals because THEY ARE REAL CYMBALS! Only one thing is different, the volume is turned down 80%!!!
Those of you who know me, know that I only promote products that:
- I use and really find helpful for my drumming
- I think will help you too
The Zildjian Low Volume 80 cymbals meet both of these criteria.
Why the best low volume cymbals?
These cymbals sound and feel great! They are like someone turned the cymbal volume knob down from 10 to 2. When I practice, the real feel of the Zildjian Low Volume 80 cymbals prepare me for playing full volume cymbals on the gig.
I can play these cymbals almost any time of the day in my apartment and still have peace with my neighbors. They also blend well dynamically with my drum practice pads or mesh drum heads.
I purchased mine in a cymbal pack which is the best value for your money. You’ll also get a ride, crash and hi-hats, everything you need to get swinging right out of the box.
One really nice surprise is how great they sound with brushes. Cymbal scrapes (See the video below) are one of the most important Jazz brushes sounds. With the Zildjian Low Volume 80 cymbals, I can get clean cymbal scrapes for practicing Jazz ballads.
Since I live in an apartment, I record most of my performance videos and instructional videos with my Zildjian Low Volume 80 cymbals. They sound and look great for making videos too.
Any style of drumming okay!
It doesn’t matter what style of music you like to play. Maybe you play many styles like me. The Zildjian Low Volume 80 cymbals will help you get your practice done. You’re also going to have a great time while you do it!
The weighting of the cymbals also allows for uptempo Jazz drumming practice too. If you’ve every tried uptempo Jazz ride playing on a padded or electronic trigger cymbal, you will realize just how awesome this feature is.
Even when I bash on these cymbals (I mean, really hit them hard), the volume is always controlled. It’s like putting a limiter on your cymbals and reducing the volume by 80%. It’s incredible!
Check out a the video below for how they sound. I used one standard SM58 mic with no EQ to record them.
So for me, this is where the rubber meets the road with drum gear. How much something costs always influences whether or not I buy a product. For something this amazing and revolutionary, I actually thought they would cost $500!
The fact that they were so useful and effective for my drum practice AND they cost only around $300, (For the Zildjian Low Volume 80 cymbal pack) made me feel so great about my purchase.
Buying the Zildjian Low Volume 80 cymbal pack will really make you feel like you are getting value for your money.
If you live in a place where sound and noise volume is a consideration, I HIGHLY recommend purchasing the Zildjian Low Volume 80 cymbal pack. You’ll be able to prepare for your gigs and improve your overall drumming effectively with these cymbals.
I wish you the very best in your drumming. I hope this post helps you to create a great drum practice setup for your home. As always, KEEP ON DRUMMIN’!
If you’re looking for great drum brushes, you may also want to check out my review of the Vic Firth Heritage Brushes. I think they are the best brushes out there!
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