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Cymbal placement and size advice

Tonybatts12

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Hello all, I am 54 and have been playing for 1 year now. Bought a Tama Imperialstar 6 piece and it came with Meinl HCS cymbals which I am replacing. I have a 16 crash over my hats and an 18 Crash over my ride. I picked up this Paiste beast of a ride today and overall am having a blast playing along with my 70’/80’s rock music.
I have decided to mix Zildjian and Paiste.
I have 2 Zildjian A crash 16 & 18. I will probably get 2 more Paiste 2002’s crash cymbals.
I am wondering if I should get a 16&18 or a 17&18 and where to position them on my kit.
Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance!!
 

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TPC

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A lot depends on the volume you want and the length of the sustain you prefer. Bigger/heavier is generally louder and longer, smaller/thinner is generally quieter and quicker.

Bottom line, no rules.
 

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I like to pick a drummer or two that I like in a certain style, and maybe sort of use them as a guideline for a cymbal (or drum) setup. But you should experiment with some different size cymbals and positioning, and just see what works for you. No rules, but often I’ll throw up a crash on the left in front of the first tom. Then another crash to the far right of the ride.

If you’re buying 2002 crashes, I always liked the larger 2002s myself.
 
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About cymbal placement, grab the sticks and sweep your arms around the set naturally, without stretching or bending them in a way that becomes uncomfortable. Your cymbals should sit just across that circle. Look at some modern pictures or videos of Dave Weckl, he’s a good example of natural cymbal placement.
 

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I’d get a 16 and a 20. I love big crashes. Not that I am unhappy with my Sabian AA 16, but it gets in and out of the mix a shade too fast compared to my 20s, a Sabian AAX studio ride and a Diril Trad ping ride, which makes a way better crash.
 

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The cymbal positioning in your photo looks fine, good.
 


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