I have been exploring Sabian cymbals for the last few months and the following two cymbals are the latest additions to my collection: a pair of 14" HHX Legacy Hi Hats and a 21" HHX Legacy Light Ride. I didn't know much about these cymbals when I bought them, but after some research (typed Sabian Legacy cymbals into Google) I found out that the line was designed in part by Dave Weckl. This makes sense once you hear these cymbals. They sound like a cross between Buddy Rich's cymbals and plates you would use to play smooth jazz. I know that doesn't sound very appealing but trust me, these cymbals are solid.
Let's start with the hi hats. Out of the box, these cymbals look great. There's not a lot of ink on top of the cymbals and they have a finish which makes them appear like they have already achieved a sweet patina. The hi hats are a little heavier than I would like, but are probably lighter than most of you would use. I can't be sure, but the top hat seems to have less of a bow than other hats being made by the big cymbal makers. This particular fact reminds me of old Paiste 602 hats. That last bit could just be in my head. Either way, they have a great chick and sound great in jazz and rock settings. I was impressed with the sloshy sound these cymbals make. They really come alive when you play Jo Jones licks on them, especially if you open and close them with your left hand while playing with a stick in your right. Overall, these are great multi-purpose hats but I think they will really shine driving a big band.
Overall, I like the Sabian Legacy cymbals. I like them enough that I am probably going to check out the 22" Heavy ride and the 17" crash. I'll let you know how they work out if I get them.