The "Ideal" Crash Cymbal Size?

Fat Drummer

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My problem is I like everything! All my cymbal rigs start with a 16" crash but I seldom use them it seems. I played 15" and 16" crashs exclusively for 20 years but have morphed to larger but THINNER cymbals over the past 6 or so years. My quietest set is not a small, traditionally heaver set, bit a large thin rig with 15" hats, 18" & 20" crashs and a 22" ride. Dont take them to a rock gig, you will never hear them! But like so many, one size does NOT fit all so play what makes you happy and enjoy every hit!
 

Bonzo442

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18” Paiste 602 thin classic imo is the perfect crash but For most of my playing years I leaned on 16” crashes as my favorites
 

markkarj

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For most general purpose music, I like a 17" crash. One of my favorites is a Sabian AAXplosion fast crash... the light weight cymbal opens up quickly, and it has a very wide dynamic range.

Increasingly, I find myself enjoying a three-inch separation between crashes... so when I use that 17" AAXplosion fast, I also use at 14" plus a 20" Sabian Vault V crash.
 


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