Your Survival Cymbal Setup

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I have shied away from getting really knowledgable on cymbals. And I am looking to upgrade my cymbal setup at some point. Would love to have a very simplistic, yet versatile cymbal rig.

For the sake of simplicity: You only have the choice of one ride, one crash and a set of hi-hats. What are your cymbals of choice?

1) ride
2) crash
3) Hi-Hats
 

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If I'm buying from scratch, probably Zildjian K Constantinoples

22" Ride c. 2600-2800g Medium or Medium Thin Low
20" Ride c. 1900-2000g like a Renaissance or maybe the 19" Crash/Ride
14" Hats c. 900/1200g
 

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22" paiste sound creation dark ride with 2-3 rivets
18" k Dark thin crash
13" k custom dark hi hats

If you gave me a second wish

22" Paiste 602 medium ride with 8 rivets or paiste 2002 crash with 8 rivets or paiste signature mellow ride with 8 rivets
20" old k
Hi hats ?...15" old As maybe
 
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I have shied away from getting really knowledgable on cymbals.
What kind of volume are you playing..

Old Ks
20 Ride
18
14 hi hats

Bosphorus
22 Hammer
19 Antique Thin Ride
14" Dark hats

there's many factors

K mix
22" Dark Medium
16 Old K
14 old K hi hats

tailor cymbals to the setting--those are my three choice fields. dependent on gig.
If it's an Open Stage I host? Just bring snare sticks and cymbals? choice #4 ->

all A's..
20
20
14
 
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For that limited setup, I would change up my ride to either a 20" 602 Medium or a Resigned Zildjian A Ping....because you can crash them. The crash would be an 18" Sabian Medium-Thin Crash or Paiste Medium...because you can ride on them. Hats have to be 14" New Beats, because you can get anything done with them.



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I have shied away from getting really knowledgable on cymbals. And I am looking to upgrade my cymbal setup at some point. Would love to have a very simplistic, yet versatile cymbal rig.

For the sake of simplicity: You only have the choice of one ride, one crash and a set of hi-hats. What are your cymbals of choice?

1) ride
2) crash
3) Hi-Hats
If you're just starting out Come across 4 older A's. 14s, 20s, 22, 18s,

Avedis Zildjian
 

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I've used this Paiste setup many, many times:

14" pre-serial 602 hi-hats
18" pre-serial 602 (mine has no ink, so I don't know if it was labeled a "crash" at the factory)
22" Sound Creation Dark Ride
 

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"Do you like to "play-thru" your cymbals or do you like to play "on-top" of them?"

..

/
and both..
 

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Depends on style and volume threshold.

Lower threshold:
- 22" Paiste Sig. Trad Ride
- 14" Paiste Sig Dark Crisp Hats
- 18" Paiste Sig. Trad Crash

A little louder:
- 22" Bosphorus Groove Wide Ride
- 14" Bosphorus Groove Hats
- 18" Bosphorus Groove Crash
 

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I´ve been having loads of fun lately with a set of orphans:

13" Sabian HHX Evolution HiHats
18" Istanbul Agop Xist Brilliant Crash
20" Paiste Signature Rough Ride

These are very different from each other but blend together wonderfully. Small set, lots of sounds.
 

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I always enjoy these "what if" type of questions as it makes me really think my way though what I have and what I may still want to look for. Like Joe said, their are SOOOOO many variables in a real answer to this, but to honor the orgional question, I will pick from what I currently own because I know their sound. You cant really choose from something you dont know because this would have to be a 100% compatible sounding rig regardless of brand.

So from my current collection, one small rig to play everything I need to cover in one bag would be...

15" Istanbul Mehmet Nostalgia Hi Hats (1038 over 1290 grams)
20” Sabian HH Vanguard Thin Crash (1570 grams)
22” Istanbul AGOP Signature Series Medium Ride (2627 grams)

And keep in mind, that is my answer for TODAY... by next week I may be in a totally different direction. These dont represent my "favorites" in these sizes, but rather choices I know that can cover many different styles and work seamlessly together.
 

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I like my current set up:
22 K Custom Dark Ride
19 Kerope
14 K Constantinople hi hats
 

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In my case this would mean the set-up has to work for piano trio and big band, maybe some lighter pop/rock music. Louder than that and it might become a stretch, but with the washy sounds in vogues these days it might actually be easier to use the same cymbals. I don't know, I just don't play that hard.
At the moment I might use
14" 850 over 1000g mixed brand (your mix'n'match results may vary, so it doesn't matter)
18" Dream Contact 1470g
20" A 60s crash ride 2050g
or, lower pitched:
14" 1000 over 1200g Agop Trad.
19" A Avedis
22" Bosphorus "light" ride 2800g, two rivets.

Thinking about it, I've never set these up together, should really try it.
 

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In an acoustic duo: hi-hats. Anything else: hi-hats and a ride. Those are my minimums. Sometimes a left side ride is added. In my rehearsal studio I sometimes have a few more cymbals than that, but those setups are more for checking out my cymbals periodically. I do own a china, which I also use as a ride on the rare occasions I am playing music for which it's appropriate. I do not own crashes. Have no use for them. Never have. All of my rides (including the china) are crash/rides or used that way.
 

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Most all my playing is done on a 22" Sabian AA "Rock Ride" (ooooh how unsexy is that in a world of thin, washy rides?), a 19'' Paiste Giant Beat thin, and 14" Avedis Zildjians from late 60's/early 70's.
 

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And explain your style..
 

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"Do you like to "play-thru" your cymbals or do you like to play "on-top" of them?"

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and both..
I like to play through the top of my cymbal.

Or play INTO the middle.

Apples to Apples
 

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O and here's an Old K Constantinople set put in a modern drum set context something they were hardly ever meant thought to be- for
18,18,14s,12..primitive chic Zildjian chic..

 

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