Working in collaboration with Christopher Lamb, principal percussionist with the New York Symphony Orchestra, SABIAN has created HHX Philharmonic, a new multi-application hand cymbal pairing, designed to meet Lamb's request for a cymbal that offered the ultimate in versatility without compromise. Responding with full, musical sounds with pronounced mid-range partials and enhanced sustain, the HHX Philharmonic is a medium/heavy pairing in 16" and 18" sizes that has been aggressively hammered -- more than other HHX cymbals -- on top and bottom. This double hammering reinforces the rigidity of the cymbal shape, for increased performance accuracy and consistency while enhancing tonal complexity.
Commented SABIAN master product specialist Mark Love: "Christopher Lamb is extremely particular about all matters relating to cymbal sounds. That perfectionism comes through in HHX Symphonic. These cymbals are, as he requested, 'workhorse' pairings a student in high school can make sound great, or a professional would love because they are so readily responsive and their performance so versatile and effective. There is a unique 'edge's in the sound of HHX Symphonic. It's a mixture of traditional hand hammered tone and modern projection, with a dominant mid-range that is highly effective in cutting through. Combine this with the ease of play and HHX Symphonic is a real winner for orchestras, schools, bands... even marching bands."
HHX Philharmonic cymbals are hand crafted from SABIAN B20 bronze, their tonal grooves are cut with pinpoint lathing. Because Lamb's repertoire calls extensively for a 16" pairing, the HHX Philharmonic 16" features a medium bell and a surprisingly rich and substantial sound for such a small cymbal. The 18" has a larger bell, for increased responsiveness and bigger sound.
HHX Philharmonic cymbals are hand crafted from SABIAN B20 bronze, a metal renowned for its durability and musicality. They are 'Sonically Matched' for optimum performance compatibility by the specialists in the SABIAN Vault, and they are protected by the SABIAN Two-Year Warranty.