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Crash Cymbals

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About CymbalONE's crash cymbals

All our crash cymbals are accompanied by their own unique video. This means that you get excactly the cymbal, you watch in the video and not just a similar one from the stock.

At CymbalONE, we are selling crash cymbals made from B20 bronze, which secures you cymbals of the finest quality. (You can read more about the materials cymbals are made from here.)

These are the sizes of the crash cymbals

Our crash cymbals come in the following scizes: 14", 15", 16", 17", 18", 19", and 20". If you want to search for a cymbal of a particular size, please visit the menu at the top of this page.

What crash cymbal should I choose?

Here below are some tips if you are not sure sure what to look for in a new crash cymbal.

What kind of music to you play?

Begin with a primary sorting: What are your needs considering the type of music, you are playing? Are you beating the drum hard, or are you maybe playing more dynamically and varied? Do you like cymbals with dark and dusty tones, or do you prefer cymbals with light and clear tones?

Are you playing rock of the heavy kind, we would recommend something brilliant and not too thin.

Thickness of the crash cymbal

Thickness is primarily a question of volume because in fact it is the thin cymbals that last the longest, as they can easier "get away from your sticks" when you beat them. On the other hand, there is less of a body put in motion with the thin crash cymbals, which again means less volume. Our best tip would be that you just listen to a lot of cymbals to get an idea about what you like the best.

Size of the crash cymbal

Considering size is important. Maybe you have already got a cymbal that you would like to supplement with another one, and then it might be easy to choose the size. But are only interested in having one crash cymbal on your drum set, then I would recommend either a 17" or a 18" cymbal. With this size, you get more fullness in the tones and bigger versatility. 19" might be a little too big for some drummers, while 15" and 16" oftentimes produce "thinner" tones.

You can return the product

Remember that you have the right to return a purchased item to CymbalONE within 14 days. Does a particular cymbal not match your taste after all, you can just return it to us, cf. our guidelines, which you can find here.

About Crash Cymbals

Crash cymbal
A drum set is usually equipped with various kinds of cymbals. Among these are crash cymbals. In this article, we take a look at different kinds of crash cymbals and what they are used for.

What Is a Crash Cymbal Used for?

Crash cymbals are used in most kinds of rhytmic music. They are typically used for accenting different parts in the music. More precisely, they may accent the start of a verse or the start of a chorus. Crash cymbals are also often used for instrumental accents in the music. This can be e.g. a horn riff er another kind of rhytmic detail that needs emphasis.

What Does a Crash Cymbal Sound like?

A crash cymbal has an explosive sound. When you hit the cymbal, it opens up quickly and quickly fades away again. Crash cymbals ring with a very complex tone register and they are full of over tones. Because of this, they can (almost) always be heard no matter how loud the other instruments are.

Hear Different Kinds of Crash Cymbals

By listening to different kinds of crash cymbals here, you can learn more about how the cymbals' sound vary from model to model. You also get a view into how processing, size, and more affect the sound of the different models.

The Crash Cymbal In Combination With...

Most often when making accents with a crash cymabl, you use it along with the bass drum. This simply gives the accent more punch and depth. However, you can also use the crash cymbal without the bass drum and this can give a more airy effect. You can also use it with the snare drum if you want a quick and more aggressive accent for a horn riff.

The Crash Cymbal As a Ride

In certain situations, a crash cymbal can also be used as a ride. If you play with low volume, a crash cymbal can runction really well as a thinner, and perhaps more full-bodied, ride cymbal.

It can also be on the opposite end of the spectrum if you play rock music. Here, a chorus can easily be played with 4th on a crash cymbal in order to create an aggressive feeling in the music. There are numerous possibilities and there really is no right or wrong when it comes to crash cymbals.

Different Kinds of Crash Cymbals

A crash cymbal can have a diameter ranging from 13 to 22 inches. If the diameter is lower than 13 inches, we call them splash cymbals. With such a wide range of sizes, there is a vast difference in the tone and uses of the various cymbals. Small crashes typically have a bright and short sound while bigger cymbals ring for a longer time and have a deeper tone.

Furthermore, crashes have a bunch of different designations. They can be light, thin, medium, or heavy. These are all descriptions of the cymbal's thickness which is directly tied to the cymbal's weight. The thicker and heavier a cymbal is, the longer and higher (pitch wise) it will ring. On the other hand, thinner crashes are more quiet and have a deeper tone. These comparisons are of two theoretically identical cymbals and are therefore so be seen as guidelines and not as rules set in stone.

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