i started this experimental/electropunk band where everything was big. the guitars, bass, and synthesisers were distorted and layered, some of the drums were played through phaser pedals at shows.
anyway...i wanted a big sound out of everything. i put my two 18" sildjian A medium crashes on my hi-hat stand and stacked my 14" mastersound hats on top of my other two crashes.
I actually use 16' crashes as hi-hats and love it. I started doing it because I wanted to find a big fat sound for playing open hi-hat and even the 15's I found every now and then just weren't what I was looking for. I was very lucky to get a hold of a Zildjian medium thin crash ( I use this one on top) and a thin crash (on the bottom). The sound is explosive but still able to be controlled which was exactly what I was looking for. I do not suggest it being used for recording purposes but I recommend it for live playing if you really want to help fill a room with sound.
ive heard of using 15 and 16 in crash sets as hi hats, but 18s, wow. ive used splashes, and ive used 16in crash on top and 16in china on bottom. worked kinda funky, but not good for a main. ive tried 16in thin crashes and they worked kinda decent. but i need a lil quicker response from my hi hats, so ill stick with 14s and 13s. id like some 15s but i dont have much use for em.
i've been playing 15" hats (thought they were huge) for a while now, and after hearing about people using larger hats and now seeing this topic going, i really want to see if bigger hats are better for me. thanks y'all for making me want to spend more money! 8)