What cymbal sizes do you use and why?

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Post Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:56 am

once i got a 18" crash i could never go back to 16's. i got a 19 z for free (had a small crack ) that i really liked too.
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Post Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:11 am

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


WEll, I certainly have a lot of gongs, then! :P

I love the huge sound of larger cymbals, and besides 2 20" ride cymbals, I use: 2 x 18" crashes, 16" crash, 16" china, 20" china (high pitch) and 22" china (low pitch).

(Edit; I have smaller cymbals too, of course!)

"Gong"; Will you lease reunite, and concider me as your new drummer? :lol:

Seriously, if you play loud on the drums (witch I do), you should have cymbals that go with it! 8)
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Post Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:14 am

Mr. Pants wrote:I play big cymbals to complement big guitar sounds.

24" ride/crash
21" crash/ride
20" hi-hats


Just out of curiousity; Does anyone actually make 20" hi hats, or do you use 2 ride/crash cymbals? :?
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Post Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:06 am

I think that it all comes down to the style of music that you play. If you are playing jazz or blues then you might want to stick with smaller cymbals with a quick attack and short sustain. Though if you are playing a rock style music, you would want to go with a larger( and depending on the style of rock) a heavier cymbal. I say give yourself a variety and see what fits. When all else fails...go with a mid-line...14-16 inch cymbal. Be aware of the thickness and if it is cast or sheet. Makes a big difference.
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Post Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:29 pm

i like my cymblas nice and big.
i have 20" ride.
18" istanbul crash.
14" RUDE hi-hats.
i'm a fan of those 9" zil bel's too.

but each to his/her own i say.
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Post Fri Oct 13, 2006 3:43 pm

I love my big cymbals, I have 15" hi hats and my smallest crash is a 18. I also love thick (but not too thick) cymbals.

The only cymbal i really need is my 20" Paiste Giant Beat. Its dark and when played as a ride it had an amazing wash and dark shimmer.

I love the whole Giant Beat line because there darker than the 2002's. I love vintage Formula 602's but there hard to find and expensive.
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Post Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:03 am

BIG, 16,18,19,20 for crashs, 22 for ride, 20 for chinabut the standerd 14 hi-hats. I feel the larger cymbals give me more power and they dont break as easy.
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Post Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:42 pm

17" and 18" crashes (Z Customs)

but im thinking of going to 16" and 18" cause the diffrence between the 17" and 18" is not that big...
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Post Fri Jan 19, 2007 3:44 pm

pooJken wrote:17" and 18" crashes (Z Customs)

but im thinking of going to 16" and 18" cause the diffrence between the 17" and 18" is not that big...


Just change up the weights. You'll find a HUGE difference. Try going for a 17" Z Custom Medium and an 18" Z Custom Rock. BIG difference, there.

Remember, kids, it's not just the size of the cymbal that changes the sound, the weight matters, too. :wink:
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Post Sat Jan 20, 2007 1:10 am

screamkevin wrote:Just change up the weights. You'll find a HUGE difference. Try going for a 17" Z Custom Medium and an 18" Z Custom Rock. BIG difference, there.


I once played on a 18" Z custom rock crash
Its way to heavy, you hit it once and before you can hit it again and get a nice stroke you have to wait two seconds

in the music i play i cant wait two seconds. there ara parts were I hit the crash two time in a second.

But, i'm checking to go to the Avedis series cymbals and take your advice with me

Thanks a lot!!
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Post Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:43 am

Depending on the music I use a range of cymbals.

The band I'm currently with, I use 20" Crashes and a 22" Ride! One reason: It fills the stage with a massive tone.

For my studio project I use anything from a 14"-20" crash, and 20"-24" rides.
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Post Sun Jan 21, 2007 5:48 am

I prefer 17”. Why? Because it seams to have the right sound and in every situation and it’s not too small to attack in different ways. I use different cymbal configurations in different settings (and when recording, different songs) but I usually use a 17” thin crash. If I had to pick just one crash cymbal that I had to use in every situation, it should be a 17” thing crash (maybe sabian AA).
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Post Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:52 pm

For me it depends on what I'm playin and also the drum sizes to match it.

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Kit#1: 502 16' crash, 18' Signature power crash, 18'502 china, 20' 502 ride & 10' 502 splash

Kit#2: 20' RUDE Thin Crash, 18' RUDE Thin Crash, 19'RUDE crash/ride, 24'2002 Mega Power/Rock Ride, 14'RUDE hats, 18; Rude China

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Kit#3: 14'Thin crash, 16' Thin crash, 20'ride,8'splash
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Post Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:56 pm

Mr. Pants wrote:I play big cymbals to complement big guitar sounds.

24" ride/crash
21" crash/ride
20" hi-hats


:shock: 20"hats? :shock: :shock: SWEET JESUS :!: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can't even imagine playing those opened unless your playin with Marching Snare sticks.

I'm very interested in hearing what they sound like though.Do you have any clips or anything?
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Post Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:20 pm

In the rock band I play with currently I need a wide diversity of sounds. Of course I've used this same set up playing R&B and Hip hop.

From left I use an
8" Custom A splash
14" Dark K Custom Hats
14" Custom A Crash
12" Custom A Splash
16" Custom A Crash
22" Custom A Ping Ride
18" Dark K Custom Crash
18" Dark K Custom China

I've found if I need that heavy crash I can crash my 22" ping and get a nice wash out of it.

The Custom K gives me what I need to ride the crash in a heavy song without being so loud that no one on stage can hear themselves. It also gives me a pretty crash and a nice cymbal to end songs on, as well as being great for swells.

the 14 and 16 are quick crashers that I can use in doubles that are there and gone. The 16" stays long enough to use in situations when I want one crash to exclaim the end or begining of a session.

The splashes are nice for DMB songs and for color.

And the Dark K Custom China is just such a great cymbal. I just love it for effects.