Cymbals are arguably the most important sounding component of your drum set. Anyone can make a cheap set of shells sound great. It’s truly the cymbals that make a kit shine. Unfortunately for us drummer, cymbals are expensive. One high-quality crash cymbal from, say Zildjian, may run you upwards of $400. Larger cymbal companies have began putting out cymbal packs, not just for entry-level cymbals, but for high end ones as well. Read on to see our reviews and our best cymbal pack of 2018.

Best Cymbal Set

Best Cymbal Pack – Our Favorite Picks

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Popular Choice
Zildjian A0801R Rock Pack Cymbal Set Bundle with Gig Bag and Austin Bazaar Polishing Cloth
Sabian HHX Praise AND Worship Pack
Incredible Sound, Low Price!
Meinl Cymbals CCD460+18 Classics Custom Dark Pack Bonus Cymbal Box Set with FREE 18" Dark Crash...
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Zildjian A Cymbal Pack
Sabian HHX Cymbal Pack
Meinl Classics Cymbal Pack
No. of Cymbals
4
5
4
Dark / Bright
Inbetween
Dark
Dark
Cymbal Bag Included
Under $1,000
Popular Choice
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Zildjian A0801R Rock Pack Cymbal Set Bundle with Gig Bag and Austin Bazaar Polishing Cloth
Product
Zildjian A Cymbal Pack
No. of Cymbals
4
Dark / Bright
Inbetween
Cymbal Bag Included
Under $1,000
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Sabian HHX Praise AND Worship Pack
Product
Sabian HHX Cymbal Pack
No. of Cymbals
5
Dark / Bright
Dark
Cymbal Bag Included
Under $1,000
Incredible Sound, Low Price!
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Meinl Cymbals CCD460+18 Classics Custom Dark Pack Bonus Cymbal Box Set with FREE 18" Dark Crash...
Product
Meinl Classics Cymbal Pack
No. of Cymbals
4
Dark / Bright
Dark
Cymbal Bag Included
Under $1,000

The table above lists our favorite picks from each cymbal company. While each cymbal maker has many different lines of cymbals, we believe these are the best in both value, performance, and durability. Below we will be discussing each cymbal maker in depth with each cymbal pack they offer currently.

All cymbal packs listed below will be ranked from highest quality to most budget-friendly. Happy reading!

Zildjian Cymbal Packs

Zildjian K Series Cymbal Pack – Professional

Zildjian K Series Cymbal Set
  • Matched set of K Zildjian drumset cymbals
  • Features that sought-after traditional K sound.
  • Includes 14" K HiHats, 16" K Dark Crash Thin, 20" K Ride
  • Added value 18" K Dark Crash Thin
Ideal for jazz, fusion, gospel, light rock, pop

Zildjian’s K Series cymbal set is top of the line. Included in the kit is four cymbals: 14″ K HiHats, 16″ K Dark Thin Crash, 18″ K Dark Thin Crash, and a 20″ K Ride. If you have ever heard these cymbals, you’ll know that they are very dark and beautiful. They just sound expensive.

Durability

As with any thin cymbal, durability is going to be less than that of a thinker cymbal. If you play Zildjian K cymbals, especially the thin crashes, be advised that these cymbals will crack easier. If you play hard rock, you may want to consider buying a separate set of cymbals for recording only, as touring with these will get quite expensive.

 

Zildjian A Custom Pro Cymbal Pack – Professional

Zildjian A Custom Pro Cymbal Pack with ChromaCast Accessories
  • 20" Projection Ride (A20586)
  • 19" A Custom Crash (A20517)
  • 14" A Custom Mastersound Hats (A20550)
  • 14" A Custom EFX (A20814)
  • Includes: ChromaCast Felts, 5A Drumsticks, Cymbal Cleaner, & Polish Cloth
Ideal for rock, pop, gospel, fusion, worship

Another of my favorite lines from Zildjian is the A Custom. Included in this pack are four cymbals: 14″ A Custom Mastersound HiHats, 14″ A Custom EFX, 19″ A Custom Crash, and a 20″ Projection Ride cymbal. Compared to the K Series, the A Custom cymbals are going to be a bit brighter, but still maintain an expensive sound. I personally like the K Series over these.

Zildjian Avedis Cymbal Pack – Professional

Zildjian A0801R Rock Pack Cymbal Set Bundle with Gig Bag and Austin Bazaar Polishing Cloth
  • The pack includes 14" A Mastersound HiHats, 17" A Medium Thin Crash, 19" A Medium Thin Crash, 20" Ping Ride
  • Traditional Finish, Mid Pitch, Mid Sound, Short Sustain, General Volume
  • This explosive collection features the iconic A Zildjian Cymbals which are part of the world's most popular and versatile cymbal series
  • Each bright, crisp, and full bodied cymbal was hand selected to deliver the look, the sound and the feel you need to cut through and project across the stage or in the studio
  • All Zildjian Cymbals are made in the USA
Ideal for touring – Genres include rock, metal, country, gospel

Moving away from darker sound cymbals to brighter, we have the Avedis line from Zildjian. These were actually the first cymbals I played and still love them today. Included are four cymbals: 14″ Mastersound Hi Hats, 17″ Medium Thin Crash, 19″ A Medium Thin Crash, 20″ Ping Ride.

Durability

We’re moving to a little bit thicker of cymbals when we’re talking about the Avedis line. You can be a harder hitter and still get a lot of life out of these cymbals. As stated previously, this cymbal pack is ideal for touring drummers who have what I like to call touring cymbals. Leave the more expensive ones at home, folks. Unless you’re Neil Peart.

Zildjian S390 S Performer Cymbal Pack – Intermediate

Zildjian S390 S Performer Cymbal Box Set w/ Stand and Grabber Arm
  • 88% Copper and 12% Tin (88/12) produces the perfect balance of low, middle, and high frequencies
  • Extensive Hammering gives these cymbals a dialed in sonic response throughout all dynamic ranges
  • Fully Lathed top and bottom lathing and crafted to perfection in weight, feel, and sound
  • Striking brilliant finish allows the cymbals to open up, sounding and looking great on any stage
  • Medium Thin Weight
Ideal for intermediate players, students

The S Series from Zildjian is a newer line of cymbals aimed at younger students and intermediate players of all ages. These are made from 88% copper and 12% tin. The cymbals overall are very bright and don’t have as much body like some of the higher end lines. You definitely can tell that this line of cymbals was designed to be an upgrade (small, albeit) from the ZBT line.

Durability

The durability of the S Line cymbal pack is fantastic. This cymbal pack will last until you decide to upgrade to a more expensive line of cymbals. Being that these cymbals are thicker, expect them to be good for rock, pop, country, metal, and more. Don’t worry about cracks!

Zidjian ZBT Starter Cymbal Set – Beginner

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Zildjian ZBT Starter Cymbal Set
  • The ideal first Zildjian cymbal set for the aspiring drummer
  • Cymbals feature bright, intense, cutting sound
  • Includes 13" HiHats, 18" Crash Ride
  • Added value 14" Crash also included
Ideal for first-time drummers, students, young players

As the name implies, this is absolutely a beginner cymbal pack. For any aspiring drummer, this line of cymbals is a perfect entry-level choice. Included are three cymbals: 13″ Hi Hats, an 18″ Crash Ride, as well as a bonus 14″ Crash.

Durability

Again, this is another thicker cymbal pack, a common theme you’ll notice among cheap cymbal sets. The durability of the ZBT starter set is great. This set of cymbals can last you or your young drummer many years. The sound won’t be amazing, but it’s a great set of learning cymbals.

Sabian Cymbal Packs

Sabian HHX Cymbal Pack – Professional

Sabian HHX Praise AND Worship Pack
  • Sonically matched set ideal for gospel and R&B players who love warm, dark tone
  • Ideal for funk, jazz, rock - on studio or stage
  • Unmistakable warmth that only traditional hand-hammered cymbals can deliver
  • Protected by SABIAN Two-Year Warranty
Ideal for pop, rock, R&B, worship, gospel, hip hop, fusion

Despite this particular cymbal set being named Praise and Worship pack, this line of cymbals can be used for a multitude of genres including funk, jazz, rock, and pop. I have always loved Sabian’s higher end cymbals, specifically Hand Hammered. These cymbals sound extremely dark, yet very warm. They really wash when you play them.

Durability

As with other thin cymbals, durability will be an issue for harder players. I would consider these to be studio cymbals.

Sabian XS Cymbal Pack – Intermediate

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Sabian XS5007SB-Kit01 Xs20 Super Set with ChromaCast Accessories
  • Included Cymbals: 21" Xs20 Medium Ride, 18" Xs20 Medium-Thin Crash, 16" Medium-Thin Crash, 14" Xs20 X-Celerator Hats, & 10" Xs20 Splash
  • The perfect addition to your drum set, Sabian cymbals are uniquely crafted to fit your sound.
  • Crafted using an innovative technique, Xs20 delivers bright sounds, professional looks, and great feel at a nice price, making this the ideal choice when you discover that sound matters.
  • Protected by SABIAN Two-Year Warranty
  • Accessories Included: ChromaCast cymbal cleaner, 5A drumsticks, felts, sleeves, & GoDpsMusic polish cloth
Ideal for rock, pop, metal, hip hop

Sabian’s XS line of cymbals fosters to more of a rock and metal sound, in my opinion. They aren’t necessarily bright, but are think enough cymbals that can take a beating. Included in this pack are five cymbals: 21″ XS Medium Ride, 18″ XS Medium Thin Crash, 16″ Medium Thin Crash, 14″ X-Celerator Hi Hats, and a 10″ XS Splash cymbal. It’s a great value for five cymbals (technically six if you count hi hats as two).

The only grief I have with this cymbal pack is the small cymbals: they just sound so weak. Take a listen in the video below.

Durability

Sabian’s XS line of cymbals can definitely take the hits of a powerful drummer. While these aren’t the most expensive sounding cymbals, they are perfect for an intermediate student or young player.

Sabian B8X Performance Cymbal Pack – Beginner

Sabian B8X Performance Set - with FREE 14" Crash
  • B8X Promo Performance Set with 14" Thin Crash
  • Sonically matched in the Sabian Vault, the Sabian B8X Performance Set includes 14" B8X hi-hats, 14" and 16" B8X thin crashes and a 20" B8X ride
  • An ideal performance-ready set for the serious and discerning beginner
  • Precision formed, hammered and lathed for pure, tonally tight sounds, B8X makes your first move into this precious metal an easy one
Ideal for students and young players – all genres

If you haven’t heard of the B8 line from Sabian, you’re probably living under a rock. Jokes aside, the B8 cymbal pack is the best cymbal pack for an entry level drummer or percussion student. These cymbals do sound pretty terrible (better than the ZBT line), but for someone learning to play the drums, they do give a nice feel and accurate representation of what more expensive cymbals would be like to play.

Listen to this salesman awkwardly try to pitch these… XD

Meinl Cymbal Packs

Meinl Cymbals Mike Johnston Pack – Professional

Meinl Cymbals MJ401+18 Mike Johnston Pack Byzance Cymbal Box Set with Free 18" Byzance Extra Dry...
  • The Meinl Mike Johnston cymbal box set contains a variety of Byzance models that Mike chooses for his standard set up when conducting lessons and performing
  • Included in the box are 14" Byzance Extra Dry Medium Hi Hats, 20" Byzance Extra Thin Hammered Crash, 21" Byzance Mike Johnston Signature Transition Ride, plus a FREE 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash
  • All Byzance cymbals are hand hammered into shape by Meinl cymbal artisans in Turkey using B20 bronze alloy
  • These cymbals deliver a musical blend of smooth and dry attack with a growling, earthy wash that is chock-full of character while creating a blend of tones that are suitable for just about any style of playing
  • The FREE 18" Byzance Extra Dry Thin Crash is great for adding a contrasting crash sound that works well as an accent cymbal with a quick sustain, and it allows players to dig in for trashy riding effects
Ideal for jazz, fusion, pop, hip hop, rock

Mike Johnston’s signature cymbal pack is made up of Meinl’s famous Byzance cymbals. These are extremely dry and dark sounding cymbals. I love the sound of the Byzance line. You really can’t go wrong. Even Mat Halpern from Periphery uses this line. For metal! While the cost is high, the sound you get is equally expensive.

The only gripes I have with this cymbal pack is the ride cymbal. It’s so dry that there’s barely any sustain to it. Take a listen in the video below.

Meinl Cymbals CCD460+ Dark Cymbal Pack – Professional

These are our favorite! We have picked this our best cymbal pack!

Meinl Cymbals CCD460+18 Classics Custom Dark Pack Bonus Cymbal Box Set with FREE 18" Dark Crash...
  • Included in the Classics Custom Dark Bonus pack are a 14" dark hi hat pair, a 16" dark crash, and a 20" dark ride with a bonus FREE 18" dark crash
  • Classics Custom Dark cymbals undergo a special finishing process that leaves the cymbals with dark, complex, and warm tones
  • This same unique twist on the traditional design gives the cymbals a rich, dark appearance
  • These commonly found cymbal sizes will complete a drum set up and offer a full range of sounds for players to dig in and let their voice be heard
  • Classics Custom cymbals from MEINL are designed to cut above the roar of guitars, doing most of the work for you so you don't have to play as hard to be heard
Ideal for all genres – Great all around cymbals

Meinl is quickly gaining my love over the past few years. Every high end cymbal I hear from them (minus that one ride cymbal) I seem to adore. Meinl’s Classics line is the best cymbal pack for a student interested in jazz and fusion. Depsite such a low cost, these cymbals sound like they should be way more expensive, on par with Sabian’s Hand Hammered line and Zildjian’s A Customs. I was truly blown away by these cymbals.

Meinl Cymbals HCS Cymbal Pack – Beginner

Meinl Cymbals HCS-SCS "Super Set" Matched Cymbal Box Set Pack with Hi-Hat, Ride, Two Crashes, China,...
  • EXTENSIVE SET UP: The Meinl HCS Super Set includes a 14" hi hat pair, 20" ride, 16" crash, 18" crash, 16" china, and a 10" splash. This full range of standard cymbal types and sizes contains the basics to a drum set up with added effect cymbals to dial-in serious sounds.
  • DURABLE BRASS ALLOY CRAFTED IN GERMANY: The HCS line from Meinl has a responsive touch with an unmatched sound quality in this range. With bright and resounding musicality, these brass alloy cymbals stand up to the brunt of drum sticks while maintaining their tone.
  • TEST OUT DIFFERENT ARRANGEMENTS: Take your practice and performance to a new level of creativity and inspiration while experimenting with new cymbal positions on your kit. There are numerous set up options to start finding your own personal sound and look on the drums.
  • PERFECT FOR BEGINNER STUDENTS AND PLAYERS: The Meinl HCS series contains almost all cymbal types found in professional set ups. From crisp sounding hi-hats, to shimmering rides and crashes to effect cymbals like trash crashes, chinas, splashes, and bells, any musical idea or style is within reach.
  • OFFICIAL TWO YEAR MEINL WARRANTY: All Meinl cymbals carry a two-year manufacturer's warranty when purchased from authorized retailers.
Ideal for students and young beginners

The HCS line is very much on par with the Sabian B8 line. It’s a very cheap line of cymbals that works great for students and beginner players. The sound quality you will get from the HCS line isn’t great at all (really any of the lower end cymbals), to be honest. If this is going to be your first line of cymbals, go for it. If you really enjoy playing drums and know you’ll upgrade in the future, save your money.

Meinl CCD460+ Dark Cymbal Pack – Best Cymbal Pack Available

Meinl Cymbals CCD460+18 Classics Custom Dark Pack Bonus Cymbal Box Set with FREE 18" Dark Crash...
  • Included in the Classics Custom Dark Bonus pack are a 14" dark hi hat pair, a 16" dark crash, and a 20" dark ride with a bonus FREE 18" dark crash
  • Classics Custom Dark cymbals undergo a special finishing process that leaves the cymbals with dark, complex, and warm tones
  • This same unique twist on the traditional design gives the cymbals a rich, dark appearance
  • These commonly found cymbal sizes will complete a drum set up and offer a full range of sounds for players to dig in and let their voice be heard
  • Classics Custom cymbals from MEINL are designed to cut above the roar of guitars, doing most of the work for you so you don't have to play as hard to be heard

Out of all the cymbal packs in this price range, nothing beats these Meinls! The pack sounds incredible and will cost you less than $500! I was blown away when I heard them.

Other Considerations – Wuhan

I didn’t mention Wuhan for a particular reason: they aren’t the best company. When we say best cymbal pack, we don’t mean cheapest. I recently did a post on Wuhan Cymbals, which you can read here.

Have you bought a cymbal pack before? What’s your favorite cymbal pack on this list? If you have any questions about cymbal packs, feel free to leave a comment down below. Thanks for reading.

Posted by Mike Williams

Mike Williams is an accomplished studio/touring drummer and percussionist who has played with many national bands. In addition, he is also a record producer and mix engineer.

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