Sabian: Big & Ugly

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New  from SABIAN at NAMM, the he spectacular Big & Ugly range.

 Big & Ugly is a collection of ride cymbals made with a distinct visual profile. Dark, organic, imperfect and yes, ugly… although beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

The cymbals have a very unique sonic profile compared to the rest of SABIANs range. Steering away from the ‘modern’ and ‘bright’ sound which has shaped SABIANs ranges thus far, the Big & Ugly cymbals are low in pitch with a semi-controlled shimmer, have a distinct amount of stick definition, are washy without being uncontrollable and very ‘crashable’. Ranging between 22” and 24”, these are large, thin cymbals that seem to ‘dance’ when played.

There are 6 Core-Models, an AA, 3 in the HH range, an HHX and an XS20 model. A wide-ranging price-point with each model having it’s very own ‘character’ will attract a wide demographic of player, from the modern cymbal enthusiast through to the discerning ‘Jazzer’.


These fun-to-play Ride cymbals are big, dark and dynamic, and offer so much complexity and versatility you won’t ever want to stop playing them! Read more below, check out the full range of individual demo videos at or find a Big & Ugly dealer at



Versatility, versatility, versatility. Hit it hard for a modern sound, or play it with dynamics for controlled stick and sublime shimmer. Apollo was the God of Music and Poetry – this cymbal delivers both.



Like that one-of-a-kind cymbal you find in a dusty rack at the back of a music or pawn shop, the Nova delivers extremes – as in, extremely low and extremely dry. So if you like being out on the edge musically, this may be the Ride for you.



Goldilocks would love the King Ride – it’s the “just right” amount of dry, dark and wash. Powerful and sophisticated, it may be the most complex cymbal of the collection because depending how you strike it, it can be so many things.



Modern players who thrive on exploring a new sonic range will love the dark, mature tones that rise Phoenix-like from this special Ride. If that sounds too much like jazz to you, rest assured it’s not. With the most cut in the collection, it’s also the most consistent and controlled.



Medium-dark in tone, medium-light in weight, this is the Ride for players who like “Blue” notes. Sitting comfortably between the HH King and HH Nova in pitch and tone, it’s the musical equivalent of opening Pandora’s Box!



Medium-Thin, with straight-ahead, focused sound, the Monarch delivers vintage look and feel with fantastic crashability at an unbelievable value. Like that amazing cymbal you found in an attic, you’ll consider this a huge score.