Written on: 02/01/2010
OK If you like the old Z custom line then your gonna like the pitch black series. The 22" ride sounds muted when you play it, but to the people sitting on the other side of the kit it's very clean & has good volume. Same with the 15" mastersound hats. I was doing a lesson with them & when I walked out from behind the kit the sound profile was much brighter when I was infront of the kit. The crash cymbals aren't as heavy as the Z customs, but not as bright as the A customs either. The splash is too big & sounds funky & the china has a quick decay if you hit it hard, but sounds weird @ lower volumes.
In closing the 22" ride & 15" hats are the best parts of the line. Be prepared for the coating to chip if they hit anything metal, but you can touch it up with black paint used to paint model airplanes. (This paint is made for painting on metal.)