What is your Main cymbal setup for gigs

NobleCooleyNut

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What is the main set up you are using these days for the majority of your gigs ?
I realize many of us have different cymbals for different gigs , but what would be your setup be if someone you have never played with have you a call to sub ?

Mine is :
22” Paiste Traditional Light ride
20” Paiste Masters Dark Crash Ride
17” Paiste Traditional thin crash
18” Paiste PST-X thin (optional )
15” Paiste 602 Modern essentials hats

I love this kit for its versatility - I can play any of my current gigs with this set up . I have used this for Big Band , Pop, Blues and small group Jazz .
 

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I usually switch things up regularly, but this setup has stuck for quite a while now. I'd bring this set to any gig.

14" Paiste Proto hats
20" 2002 Flat
19" DE Crash
21" Masters Medium Ride
21" Sig Light Dark
18" DE Crash (with a bunch of metal removed, trashy)
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Mine are:
16, 18 and 20 inch Zildjian A customs crashes
20 Inch Paiste 2002 power ride
Sabian HH Eq hats 14 inch
Sabian B8 10 inch splash
Paiste 2002 12 inch splash
 

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Small venue:
14 K Custom Dark hats or 15 K Light
20 K Custom Dark Ride
18 K Custom Dark Crash

Definition but doesn’t overpower the room.

Larger Venue or Outside:

14 Hollow Logo New Beats
20 K Ride or 21 Sabian HH Raw Bell Dry Ride
20 old A Zildjian crash ride

Clarity and can handle the volume/mic mix and still provide character. (I find many cymbals lose character reproduced at higher volume. I’ve come back to hollow logo New Beats. They just drive the band so well.)

Very small venue:

15 K light hats or old low gram 14 orphan New Beats (probably two tops)
20 K flat ride
18 Kerope crash ride
 

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14” K hats
18” Paiste Giant Beat Crash
20” Paiste 2002 crash
20” K Heavy Ride
16” Paiste Prototype China
6” Zildjian Splash
 

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Bosphorus set#1
14" Dark Trad. hi hats (910/1110)
19" Turk Paper Thin (1610g)
20" Trad. Thin Ride (1943g)
20" Trad. Swish (1620g)

B set#2
same 14" Trad. Dark hihats
19" Antique Thin Ride (1630g)
22" Jeff Hamilton Hammer Ride(2520g)
same 20" Trad. Swish.

set#3
Old K 14s
Old K 18
Old K 20

set#4
Old K 14s
Old K 16
AK 22" DM

set#5
22" old K
18" old A
Old A 14s

set#6
22A
18A
14A

set#7
20 old A
20 old A
14 A or 16 A
20 A swish

extras
20 A Flat
20 A Custom Flat
20 Bos Trad Flat
16 Antique mt crash
8" and 10" Istanbul splashes

all depends of who how and when
better the band better the cymbals
rougher the band rougher the cymbals
 
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Currently
14” zildjian dyno beats
18” Sabian b8 pro crashride modified x2
21” sweet ride
10” zildjian splash over 8” mini China stack

Have a set of the paiste pst7 s coming so I’ll be changing most of that out
 

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Live gigs I normally play:
15" 2oo2 Big Beat hats
18" 2oo2 BB
20" 2oo2 BB
24" 2oo2 BB
Last gig I changed it up and used some of my recording setup which worked out really nice in a small bar.
14" Paiste formula 602 ME SE
17" Paiste Sig Fast crash
19" Paiste Sig Fast crash
20" Paiste Sig full ride
 

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I only have one set of cymbals now. (Used to have 3) I only gig in church, so these work for me:

Zildjian
80's 13" K/Z hats
70's Rock21 Ride
70's 16" Thin and Medium-Thin crashes

Paiste
602 Medium Flat Ride
 

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For a "loud" gig:

24" 2002 ride
18" 2002 crash
19" 2002 crash
15" giant beat over 2002 sound edge hats

The ride is most likely to change, but I've been in love with the big 2002 for a long time and find it much more versatile than I thought it might be.
 

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My most consistent gigging rig is:

Paiste-

2002 20” flat ride from ‘76
Traditional 18” thin crash
Traditional 16” thin crash
Prototype Twenty 13” hats
 

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14" Zildjian New Beats
16" and 18" Sabian Medium-Thin Crashes
21" Sabian Universal Ride
16" Paiste PSTX Swiss Thin Crash (optional)

I can get anything done with this setup.


Dan
 

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When I gigged in a Alt. Rock band:
14” K custom dark hats
18” K custom dark crash
8” K splash
17” K dark crash thin
21” A sweet ride
18” A China boy low
 

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I own so many cymbals that I'm fortunate to have a vast selection to pick from, so aside from UFiP and Sabian sounds I also use Turkish stuff pretty often, Masterwork Legends or Ibrahim Diril D20 sets...all depending on the music, the venue and the volume level I'll be playing at.

For example, if it's a pop/rock dance in a large bar or hall, I might bring a Sabian set:

14" AA Regular hats
22" Legacy Hvy ride
19" & 20" Vault crashes

Small venues I'd be more inclined to bring something Turkish for complexity and nuance like the Dirils or Masterwork.

Whatever the job - a ride, hats and two crashes is all I ever bring anymore.
 

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Most of the time I'm playing classic rock of some sort, the old As work great:

22" Trans Stamp 2700 g
20" 50s Small stamp 1700 g
18" Trans Stamp 1100 g
14" Trans Stamp Hats (old band cymbals) 1000/1000 g
 

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I have a bunch of different cymbals as I tend to end up playing in a bunch of different contexts (especially when doing theatre gigs), but if I didn't know anything about the gig and just had to show up, I could make the following work in almost any circumstances:
  • 18" Sabian Evolution Crash
  • 22" Sabian Liquid Ride (mine seems to be a lot mellower than others I've heard - it's a really great all around ride, plays a bit lighter than it is)
  • 20" old Zildjian A with rivets (for quieter/jazzier/darker situations) or 16" Artisan Crash (for everything else)
  • 14" Paiste Twenty hats (can't remember the exact model)
 

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Not many gigs these days due to covid but quite a few sessions. My set-up can vary but the most used set-up I’ve used lately is Meinl Byzance:

15” BFR hats
18” BFR crash w/one rivet (sometimes replaced by a Jazz series thin crash)
21” Transition ride
20” BFR ride w/two rivets

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