Cymbal set sizes
- Ride is usually 20″ or 22″
- Crash goes from 14″ to 20″
- Hi-hat is often either 13″ or 14″.
There are different sorts of effect cymbals like China, Splash, O-zone and many more. You can also find two cymbals combined together as a Stack
The larger the cymbal, the louder the sound, it is as simple as that. Ride and hi-hat are rhythm cymbals, and the others are used to accent some note or parts of the song. The purpose of the cymbal also depends on the music genre. Some cymbals are great for metal but not for jazz.
Nowadays we have a lot of cymbals sounds, so it is tough to classify them. Most drummers have expressions for a cymbals sound like:
- Bright – high pitch
- Dry – lower, not so clear
- Dark – low pitch
From my personal experience, I can tell you that if you don’t have a proper technique, the cymbals will crack more often, but I notice a difference between brands also.
For instance, with Paiste, you will be able to find pretty good middle-range cymbals, with great sound and a reasonable price. On the other Paiste and Meinl cymbals are more brittle that Zildjian or Sabian.
However, Zildjian and Sabian middle-range doesn’t exist or at least for the Paiste price.
My recommendation for you is to start with the cheapest cymbals for in order not the crack the $500 cymbal in the first couple of months. Later, when you decide to level up.
- For middle-range, my recommendation is to go with Paste PST 8 or PST 7 series. For top-level Zildjian A and K custom or Sabian HHX, AAX or Vault Series.