Until very recently I only had two crashes, both A Zildjians: 16" thin crash and 18" Medium Thin crash. I play mostly classic rock and blues and that worked for me.I've been seeing a lot of clips lately with really great-sounding cymbals, and I'm noticing something particular: a lot of the drummers I like are using what appear to be 15" or 16" primary crash cymbals. I've always thought you needed 18" crash cymbals.... now I'm seriously wondering if that's true.
What's the go-to crash cymbal size, do you think? How about for recording? Live playing in small-to-medium venues?
Aha! That may be a clue, there. The 16" and smaller crashes are definitely not "over the bar"-type, sustaining crashes. They work well in the contemporary/dance kind of sound.... but don't have the same "swell" or sustain as the bigger ones..... interesting observation, sniderman."Ideal" size is dictated by many things - room, repertoire, touch and taste, among other things. I've got crashes from 14" thru 19" and crashable rides from 18" to 22". For my situation, the 14", 15", and 16"s work best. I'll occasionally go 17" to 20" if I really need to fill a lot of space.
May I say that you have excellent taste! I have a tough time picking between the 17" or the 18" Paiste thin crashes on my left; but the right side belongs to the thin 16".A 17" thin crash would be my first choice, there is just something special about odd sized crashes. My favorite crash is an 18" though , a Paiste reissue 602 thin crash.