Fave crash size

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I found an old cymbal bag with 4 16" crash cymbals, all different of course. It was when large crash cymbals became popular, so I ditched the 16,s for a couple of 18,s and a 20". I missed the 16,s and am putting them back to work.....whats your fave CRASH size??
 

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Yes, 18" and 20" for me as welll, assuming they are thin. I own several 16"s but don't use them that often

There was a time that 16" was my standard. For YEARS my crashes were 15", 16" & 17".

But today I prefer the power steering of a nice thin 20"!
 

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After years of using a coven of various thin 20” rides on my left as a crash, I stumbled across an 18” K Custom Dark Crash and that’s my current go to. It crashes without bumping into anything along the way.
 

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16. Or 21. :wink:
Maybe I should look out for some "medium-sized" crashes.
 

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18's have just enough beef to get it done in both directions. 20's can be good too but I think 18's do it better for most music. I prefer the 18" medium thins (1350-1450 gm).
 

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18 through 22...but I really only use rides for both crash and ride.
 

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I've used the same set of Zildjian cymbals for decades! They include a 16" thin (1026 grams) and a 17" paper-thin (1056 grams) crash. You can see them with my 1966 Rogers Headliner!

-Mark
 

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I've "no use" for crash cymbals. splashes 8, 10,12, 14 yes.
Crash only specific cymbals are a waste of time and space that can't keep a steady beat.
Thin Ride -a medium in build, thin ride- angled slightly to face you- serves a dual-purpose for that spot..

oops sorry My way.
(used to call crash cymbals groove-knockers. every hit upsets flow.
you can accent with less disruption a thin ride.
not every event is a big ending..

Art Blakey crashed Rides
Elvin Jones crashed Rides
Jeff Hamilton crashes Rides
..plus a Chinese.
 
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For years it was 18”&16” now it seems bigger is better so 18”&20” with 18” being always in the mix as best all around crash size. My hats and rides have changed as well over the years from 14”to15” and from 20” to 22”
 

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19's seem to be the winner for me. I've had a few and they've all been incredible. I regret selling a 19" A Custom Crash that I had, actually.
 

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19 is my perfect size and has been for over 20 years now. I can never get enough 19s. I have (and can find) plenty of 18" and 20" crashes, but 19s are a hard crash to find used locally!

Current rock set up is all Sabians for crashes: 18" Manhattan HHX crash, 19" Vault Artisan crash, 20" Hand Hammered (HH) Medium Thin Crash (or sometimes I'll just use a 20" AA Medium Crash).
 

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Interesting. Looks like small crash cymbals are destined to become collector items. Depends on your set up, but for me a 22 ride and a couple of smaller crashes fit around my kit better than the larger ones, and I suppose the music you play is a big factor as well....great replys
 


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