While current trends continue to lean toward bigger, darker, and trashier sounds, some drummers are looking for smaller, easy-to-carry cymbals that offer crisp, clean, and controlled tones for use in tighter, quieter clubs or in denser electronica-inspired music. Zildjian recently released two models to service the latter: an 18" Uptown ride ($259.95) and a pair of 12" New Beat hi-hats ($289.95). Both are within the company’s legendary A series.

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