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    Besides hi hats, which i find indispensable, if you could only afford to get one cymbal what would you go with? A crash? A ride? And what size? What brand (for affordability) and why?
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    Probably a large crash with a good bell would be my preference over a ride/crash ride - I don't own one but I'd probably be checking out the Sabian 'Omni' cymbals

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    My Sabian HH 21" raw bell dry ride. Lots of stick definition.
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    18" Zildjian A Medium Thin crash. Use it for anything and everything.
    Last edited by G-man; 06-15-2017 at 09:24 PM.

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    For a beginner, I would think a 20/22" Zildjian A Medium Ride would be my choice. These cymbals are pro-grade, nice sounding, versatile, affordable/plentiful on the used market, and have been around forever. I will admit that I don't know much about the other brands.
    Last edited by dangermoney; 06-15-2017 at 05:15 PM.

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    Thank you

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    I played on a 20" Meinl sand ride a few weeks back and I seriously got to have one. I am debating on selling my K hybrids and buying the Benny Greg set
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    Thumbs up for the Sand Ride. Just picked one up used with no flaws, only a heavy patina. Great bell, very nice stick, crashable, and I can build a big wash if I want. It instantly went to the top of my list. Now if I could only work it like Benny Greb does.
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    Definitely a ride. I think I'd have to go with my 21" Bosphrous Master Vintage. Great for everything, doubles as a crash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man View Post
    18" Zildjian A Medium Thin crash. Use it for anything and everything.
    This is absolutely true. You can crash it and ride it. it's biggest weakness is that when doing soft mallet rolls it doesn't really speak well at dynamics of mp or below, but it's fine from mf and up.

    My other suggestion is my new Zildjan K Hybrid 20" ride. Beautiful ride cymbal, very crashable, and is beautifully dark and sensitive with soft mallets. It's only weakness is it has a really long sustain when crashed and I find myself having to damp it a lot more than with other cymbals.
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