Zildjian L80 Cymbal Review

A simple fact of acoustic drum kits is that they are loud. This leads to issues that all drummers can attest to. Firstly, there are complaints from the people you share your home, apartment building, or street with. This can limit the amount of time you’re able to practice.

Then, the second issue with the loudness of drumming is that it can have a negative impact on your hearing. One cure to these problems is to invest in an electronic drum kit, but this is expensive, and an e-kit feels very different to play compared to an acoustic kit. Another option, though, is that you could purchase a quiet cymbal pack and silent drumheads.

Zildjian has created an excellent product with their low-volume cymbals. The cymbals in the L80 pack have been manufactured using a proprietary alloy and they also have been given a matt finish.

This means that they feel just like a normal cymbal, although they produce only a fraction of the volume of your favorite regular cymbals. They aren’t artificial to the touch like a lot of the rubber cymbals that you find as low-noise replacements too.

The Remo drumheads are also excellent at reducing the sound of your drumkit. They are constructed from a single-ply mesh material. Which gives them the same feel and rebound as your regular drumheads.

Zildjian L80

Zildjian L80


Key Features

Here are the key features of the Zildjian L80 Low Volume Quiet Cymbal Pack with Remo Silentstroke Drumheads:

Low-Volume Zildjian Cymbals: The L80 pack contains a 14” hi-hat, a 16” crash, and an 18” crash ride.

Five Quiet Remo Drumheads: The pack contains a 10”, a 12”, a 14”, a 16”, and a 22” Silentroke drumhead.

Huge Volume Reduction: If you use the low-volume cymbals and the Silentstroke drumheads then you will be between 70% and 80% quieter than normal.

Short Sustain: The cymbals offer much shorter sustain than regular cymbals, making them much better for quiet practice.

Regular Hi-Hat Splash: The hi-hats can be splashed just like your normal hi-hats.

Normal Rebound: Both the Zildjian cymbals and the Remo drumheads have the same rebound as a regular acoustic drum kit.


+ The biggest pro to this quiet cymbal and drumhead set is that you can now practice any time of the day or night and never annoy anyone. This is the number one reason for investing in this set. The quiet sound is also much kinder to your ears too, which will benefit you in the long-term.

+ The cymbals and the drumheads have been designed to offer the same give and rebound as you’d get when you hit your regular kit with your sticks.

+ Of all the options available to reduce the volume of your drumkit, these are one of the most cost-effective.

+ The sound is reduced by this low volume cymbal and drumhead set, but it isn’t silenced. Therefore, it offers you the ability to perform or practice with acoustic musicians – such as pianists – without overpowering their sound.


- Unlike standard cymbals which are extremely difficult to damage, the L80 is made from a proprietary alloy, which means that there is the chance that after extended play by a hard-hitting drummer, then they could break. It is, however, unlikely, and if it does happen it would be after a lot of sustained use.

Who Is It Suitable For?

Drummers who are looking for an affordable and effective way to reduce the volume of their drumkit, while also being able to continue to drum in the manner they are used to. This product will open up a huge wealth of opportunities to practice, as you’ll no longer be producing a sound that could disturb those around you or harm your own hearing.

Why We Like It

For an affordable price, you can buy a complete set that will transform your drum practicing. Both the Zildjian L80 cymbal pack and the Remo Silenstroke drumheads will turn your favorite acoustic kit into a low-volume kit that can be used for practicing whenever you want.

The cymbals are so natural to play that you can easily forget that they aren’t your usual ones. The mesh drumheads also offer the same rebound and give you’re used to as well. A great set for reducing your drumming volume.

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