What cymbal sizes do you use and why?

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Post Wed Aug 23, 2006 12:22 pm

Just wanted to hear some comments on the choice of sizes that you play- especially crashes. I personally am used to bigger sizes(17, 18), and my 18" Alchemy rock custom crash had the bow designed so that the pitch was of a 16 inch crash but with the fullness of an 18". The 18" just gave me a better physical response when crash/riding it than a 16".
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Post Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:40 pm

I use smaller sizes- I like a tight footprint and find that by tweaking your specs you can offset smaller size with weight and finish to still get bigger sounds if that's what you're after.
I have an 18" ride, and my largest crash is 16", but my 15" and 14" sound bigger because of their weight and hammering.

I like things to be really tight around me, with little or no space between drums/cymbals/triggers, etc and smaller cymbals help a lot with that.

I'm not against experimenting with bigger crashes in the studio, but for gigging I'm finding 16" is about as big as I need.
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Post Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:46 pm

i have 17' and 18' crashes, hoping to move up to 18 and 19.
i like 22' rides, lots of sustain and power, and usually big bells too!
for chinas i like 18-20, and hihats 14's
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Post Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:09 pm

i like the smaller cymbals..quicker decay,with a more focused attack...
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Post Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:03 am

I like 13'' hats - they're a bit more quick and aren't as gongy as 14s. On the other hand I like the power of 22'' rides, I also prefer bigger crashes( I currently use 16'' and 18'' med-heavies but I'd like to try a 20'' crash). As for the splashes - 10'' splash is the biggest I like - 12'' is too big for me
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Post Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:45 pm

To me anything over 16 sounds gong-ish.
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Post Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:46 am

joe_cader wrote:To me anything over 16 sounds gong-ish.

You've not experienced many large cymbals then :lol:

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16" Roctagon, 14" B8 Pro hats, 10" aax Splash, 16" aax Stage crash, 8" aax Stage splash, 18" aax stage crash, 17" aa rock crash, and 20" aax stage ride.

I like all sizes of cymbals but I find for the music I regularly play, this setup works, and it's taken 16 odd years to come to this conclusion. Cymbals are a personal thing so everyone will have an opinion and each opinion is valid. 8)
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Post Wed Aug 30, 2006 5:39 am

I like the small 10-12" splashes. They are really full and quick. Also 16" and 18" Crashes :D [/quote]
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Post Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:55 am

With the type of music you play, you have to pick the right "tool" for the job. Since my band, Scream, (http://www.screamrocks.com) plays 80's metal, I need larger crashes to stand out. I do however, prefer a 20" ride over a 22", it's easier for me to control.
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Post Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:27 am

I use as many as sizes as needed to get the sounds I like. I like 13 & 14" hi-hats (one remote) Just a plain old 20" ride with a big bell, 14", 16", 17", 18", 19" crashes and 16" and 18" china's. I play all metal and go through my 14-17" crashes once every two years. China's last a little longer. I wouls love to use splashes but would tear through them like paper.
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Post Fri Sep 01, 2006 3:39 pm

I play big cymbals to complement big guitar sounds.

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Post Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:40 pm

im a fan of the bigger cymbals...i play 2 18" crashes and 1 14" that i got cheap but also have found a lot of use out of, i have a 21" ride, 18" china but also a 10" splash and 12" china for accents. i like to play prog metal and find that it requires some versatility in sizes to really compliment the music. i could pick hundereds of cymbals that i want to have but these are working pretty well for me.
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Post Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:50 am

I'm a fan of smaller cymbals - especialy hats :). As for the crashes I use two 16" crashes - for me it's the most versatile size - it can cut through well enough and has the right amount of sustain for my taste.
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Post Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:10 am

i like smaller cymbals as well, 12 inch hats and 14 and 16" crashes,
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Post Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:10 pm

sort of an all rounder with cymbals..14"hats and an 18" Z crash
have got 2 smaller cymbals 8" splash and a 16"Z crash..as long as it sounds gd it will get used..
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