Here is one more result of the recent trip we took to Warsaw, Poland, to meet up with Krzysztof Dziedzic, who is a drummer known to all drum freaks in Poland. He is an official Zildjian endorser in our country, and his musical C.V. includes collaborations with Nigel Kennedy as well as such Polish jazz classics as Tomasz Szukalski, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Jarosław Śmietana, but also younger stars such as Adam Pierończyk, Piotr Wyleżoł, or Irek Głyk. This year, his solo album “Tempo” was nominated for the Polish Music Industry Award ‘Fryderyk’ in the “Recording Debut of the Year, Jazz” category.
All this makes Krzysztof the perfect partner to test the Zildjian K Sweet cymbals, as that is exactly why we visited the capital of Poland. It is a new series from the renowned cymbal maker, which was premiered at this year’s NAMM Show. We have already published our test of 15″ and 16″ hi hats. Now, it is time for 18″, 19″, 20″ Zildjian K Sweet crashes.
Zildjian K Sweet: 18″, 19″, 20″ Crashes
1. The test
The test was carried out in the most professional studio conditions at, i. e. at the Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, Poland. Krzysztof Dziedzic also used K Sweet hats and rides (a separate test of the latter is coming to you on en.beatit.tv very shortly).
2. Basic specification of the cymbals tested here:
- Company: Zildjian
- Series: K Sweet
- Cymbal type: Crash
- Cymbal size: 18″, 19″, 20″ (16″ and 17″ also available)
- Finish: Natural, unlathed bell, randomly hammered
- Character: fast response, warm and full body wash
- Weight: Extra thin
3. The product and the sound
The K Sweet family is Zildjian‘s attempt to extend the legendary K series “into a new direction of tonal colors that are dark, sweet, and responsive”. That’s exactly what the crashes tested here are. Because of its diameter, the 18-inch is the most explosive of the three, but the attack does not produce unpleasant high frequencies. The larger the diameter, the darker the attack and more ride qualities. The producer claims that the 20″ crash can be used as a ride. We fully agree, but also think that the 19-inch has such qualities as well. As you can see in the video, Krzysztof came to that conclusion for a brief moment. All three cymbals have one thing in common: full, warm and really “sweet” body wash.
We think we should let Krzysztof Dziedzic himself sum up the whole experience:”Zildjian K is a universal cymbal family which has a great deal of stylistic applications. You can instantly hear the Sweet series is its kin. There are no bad or mediocre Ks because they are so versatile. This feature also characterizes Zildjian K Sweet cymbals. The crashes can have a great deal of applications due to their warm and broad sound. They will fit into any jazz cymbal set along with Zildjian Kerope and K Special Dry. The 16-inch, as the brightest one, is great for afro-cuban music, while the larger ones can even work nicely in rock. K Sweet crashes will deliver in a set as a contrast to dark cymbals.”
Distributor in Poland: http://www.adamusic.pl/
OUR VERDICT: 5/5 TOP
- Excellently crafted
- Quick response, warm and full body wash
- Stylistic versatility
- Magnificent look
Drummers and Drummerettes! It’s time to put the 18″, 19″ and 20″ Zildjian Sweet crashes (still rather unknown to drummers in Poland) to the most important test of all, i. e. the en.beatit.tv viewers’ test! Exclusively for you, we give you Krzysztof Dziedzic!Share