12's can sound great. Stewart Copeland used 12's during the Police hay days, and imo, he has one of, if not the greatest hi hat sound of all time. What 12's did you use?My old 12s are 453/516 and have a great sound, though I do use some force on them. Sometimes I put a 13 on top to get a different tone. I'm getting some 15s for variety.
I'll use 14 Heavy Sigs, or 15 2002's for gigs. There was a few year period when I used nothing but New Beats. I never tried anything larger, nor have a strong enough desire to try.
It's fun talking gear, but it's the players that make em sound good, or not so much.