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    Hello!

    What are your top 5 cymbals?

    I exually don't know my top 5 because I am going to buy new cymbals but I have no idea which one...

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    Zildjian
    1. 20" K Ride
    2. A Series 16" Medium Crash
    3. 8" and 10" K Splash
    4. Newbeat hi hats (i dont have one)
    5. K 17" Dark Crash (i dont have one)

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    In this order:
    Paragon 22" ride
    Paragon 16" crash (2)
    Paragon 13" hi hats
    Paragon 18" crash
    Paragon 19" small flange China
    Custom Classic Pro Maple 6
    8",10",12",13" Mounted Toms
    (2)14",16" Floor Toms
    22" x 18" Kick
    6",8",10" Roto Toms
    14" x 6.5" Mapex Black Panther Snare
    13" x 3" Pearl Piccolo Snare
    Sabian: 13" Paragon Hats
    14" HH X Hats
    22" Paragon Ride
    (2) 16" Paragon Crashes
    20" Paragon Crash
    18" Paragon Crash
    20" Paragon Small Flange China
    19" Paragon China
    Wuhan:20"with gingles
    8",10" Splash
    Roc N Soc Lunar
    DW 8002B Pedals
    Tambourine
    Cowbell
    Sabian Squad






    C C Militia

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    I've had a lot of different cymbals over the years and these are the top 5 that stood out for me

    1. Zildjian 13" hats (they're old and both top and bottom weight in under 700 grams). Quick with a hint of brightness due to their size - soft and very responsive with a softer sound due to their weight. More pssshhht, less tsssst.
    2. K 20" ride - Classic sound, good ping, not too washy, not too heavy. It'll play any genre you want.
    3. Zildjian 18" A Medium Thin crash - the new design introduced in '13. I'm a big big fan of these. Not clangy like they were in recent past years, soft feel, bright but not at all harsh. Full, round sound. Can even be a little laid-back when played with a light hand. The perfect all-rounder.
    4. 16" A Medium Thin crash. See above.
    5. 17" K Dark crash. Dark, mellow yet with some projection
    Gretsch Renown
    6,8,10,12,14,16,20,22
    Ludwig Supraphonic
    Zildjian
    15, 16, 18 K Dark Thin
    16, 18 K Sweet
    16" A Custom EFX
    20" K Custom Dark Ride
    22 60s A Ride
    14" 50's Thin hats
    14 K Sweet hats

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    Custom A's. 14" hats. Not too light, not too heavy, not too dry, not too sweet.

    16,17,18" crashes-medium thins. A 18" crash-medium, and a "A" 18" medium thin crash, with a Armand "A" medium thin crash. A 20" Custom A medium ride and a 10 Paiste splash.

    They blend well together. Anything else makes it sound like a wine tasting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post

    not too light, not too heavy, not too dry, not too sweet.
    They blend well together. Anything else makes it sound like a wine tasting.
    . ???
    Gretsch Renown
    6,8,10,12,14,16,20,22
    Ludwig Supraphonic
    Zildjian
    15, 16, 18 K Dark Thin
    16, 18 K Sweet
    16" A Custom EFX
    20" K Custom Dark Ride
    22 60s A Ride
    14" 50's Thin hats
    14 K Sweet hats

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    Top 5 huh?

    First, I'll agree with rickthedrummer on the 14" Zildjian A Custom hi-hats.
    Next would be my 18" Zildjian A Custom Fast Crash.
    20" Sabian AAX Studio Ride.
    16" Zildjian A Custom Crash
    18" Zildjian K Crash/Ride
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    Zildjian New Beats - all sizes
    Zildjian K Ride 20"
    Zildjian Sweet Ride 21"
    Zildjian K Dark Thin Crash 18"
    Sabian APX Medium Ride - 24"

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    My 15 new beat Hi hats then my AAX Raw bell 21 dry ride AAXExplosion crash 19,AAX Aero Crash 18, 16 studio crash AAX. Love them all they do what I ask of them
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    Quote Originally Posted by pastor_bob View Post
    Top 5 huh?

    First, I'll agree with rickthedrummer on the 14" Zildjian A Custom hi-hats.
    Next would be my 18" Zildjian A Custom Fast Crash.
    20" Sabian AAX Studio Ride.
    16" Zildjian A Custom Crash
    18" Zildjian K Crash/Ride


    "First, I'll agree with rickthedrummer on the 14" Zildjian A Custom hi-hats."

    Yeah, they do sound good.

    "Next would be my 18" Zildjian A Custom Fast Crash"

    I have a Zildjian A Custom Slow crash.

    I hit it tonight, so I have to wait till tomorrow to hear it.

    How did that Sabian sneak in there?

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    All Sabians in brilliant, except the china.
    1: 20" AAX Stadium ride
    2: 18" AAX Xplosion crash
    3: 16" XS20 medium thin crash
    4: 18" AAX Stage crash
    5: 15" AAX Xtreme china
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    If the top 5, are ones you own. Mine are 14"new beats, 13" Sab. El Sabor salsa splash, 16" Paiste Sig. fast crash, 18" Sig. full crash, and 22" Sab. Omni ride.

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    My top (4) pictured:

    14" HHX X-Celerator Hi-Hats
    16" HHX Xplosion crash
    18" HHX Xplosion crash
    20" HHX Stage ride


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    Wow! I new there would be many Sabian's and Zildjian's. But is there nobody with Meinl or Paiste?

    My favourites are:
    Meinl mb20 Heavy Bell Ride 22"
    Paiste Rude 17" Wild crash
    Meinl byzance dark 14" hihat
    Meinl Generation X 18" signal crash/ klub ride
    Zildjian K... I don't know which one it was, please help me! It was amazing, it was a 18" crash. I think medium but I am not sure and it had a thrashy sound. Does anyone know which one it could be?

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    1. Meinl Mb20 22" Heavy Bell Ride. It's a beast and the bell pierces like nobodies business but it's still not obnoxious and in the way.
    2. Meinl Byzance 19" medium thin crash. It's great for riding on and also really punchy for accents.
    3. Meinl Byzance vintage sand hats. They react perfectly when closed and when they're opened they're not too loud.
    4. 18" Paiste 2002 crash. This has been my secondary crash for a long time, it mutes really well and it's punchy and gets out of the way faster than the Meinl.
    5. It's a tie between my 2 chinas. My Sabian 19" Holy China and my 18" Meinl Byzance Brilliant china. They're both amazing but for different things, the Holy china is loud and it has a quick decay because of the holes. The Byzance is smaller but it sounds bigger because it's thicker and not full of holes and it just has the perfect china sound for me.

    As you can tell i'm a Meinl fan.
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    1. Paragon 22" ride
    2. Paragon 14" hats
    3. 15" Zildjian A Custom
    4. 17" Zildjian A Custom
    5. Paragon Splash.

    I could go on...but you asked for 5.
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    [QUOTE=IWannaRock!;612342]Wow! I new there would be many Sabian's and Zildjian's. But is there nobody with Meinl or Paiste?

    I've got 2 Sigs. in my set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWannaRock! View Post
    Wow! I new there would be many Sabian's and Zildjian's. But is there nobody with Meinl or Paiste?

    My favourites are:
    Meinl mb20 Heavy Bell Ride 22"
    Paiste Rude 17" Wild crash
    Meinl byzance dark 14" hihat
    Meinl Generation X 18" signal crash/ klub ride
    Zildjian K... I don't know which one it was, please help me! It was amazing, it was a 18" crash. I think medium but I am not sure and it had a thrashy sound. Does anyone know which one it could be?
    Puts hand up.....hey I'm one of the resident Paiste nuts! Lol.

    Okay here we go....which ones to choose, which ones to choose? Hmmm....(clattering of bronze as I sort through what's what)...

    #1....13" Paiste Sound Formula Reflector Hi-Hats
    Been my mainstay pair of hi-hats for well over a couple of decades, so versatile from rock and pop, fusion, hard rock, metal and other heavier styles.

    #2....20" Paiste Sound Formula Full Ride
    Purchased around the same time as the above mentioned hi-hats, though not with Paiste's Reflector finish, out of the nearly dozen rides that I own, this is still part of my sound. Has a great bell that can cut through without being obnoxious, yet at the same time, when played in the 'sweet spot' it has a great controlled cushion of overtones.

    #3....14" Paiste Crystal Crash
    A pretty thin sort of cymbal, with an unusual 'square-topped' bell. Owned this now for about 4-5 years. Blends in so well with an 18" Sound Formula Thin Crash, and surprisingly with an old-school 16" Alpha Thin Crash that I own. Frequently teamed up with the 16" Alpha Crash, 13" Sound Formula Reflector Hi-Hats and 20" Sound Formula Ride.

    #4....8" Paiste Signature Thin Splash
    I own a big number of small sound effect cymbals from various Paiste series, but the one that will appear in not only my kit set ups but also in percussion rigs is this one. Has the sweetest of all the splash voices I've got, quick, crisp and fits the right spot in the sound spectrum.

    #5....My set of 4 Paiste 2002 Cup Chimes....sized from 5" to 6.5"
    Might have to make #5 a set, as just singling one out wouldn't do them justice, they all make a pretty noise! Like my splash, I use these in both drum kit as well as percussion set ups. Unlike bell cymbals, which ring for quite a length of time, these quickly get out of the way, with a tone character reminiscent of glass shattering, rather than a bell clang.


    Honourable mention: My set of Paiste 2000/2000 Sound Reflectors
    14" 2000 Heavy Hi-hat, 16" Crash, 18" Power Crash, 20" Ride and a 'splash' specially cut down from a 14" Thin China. Look at them, I mean just look at them. Lovely to play on.

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    Probably my 16" Zildjian A thin crash, A Zildjian 50's, block letter stamp 22" ride. 15" Zildjian new beats or 14" Sabian regular hats, Sabian AA, 18" extra thin crash and "Hoss", my 28" AA med. ride cymbal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWannaRock! View Post
    Wow! I new there would be many Sabian's and Zildjian's. But is there nobody with Meinl or Paiste?

    My favourites are:
    Meinl mb20 Heavy Bell Ride 22"
    Paiste Rude 17" Wild crash
    Meinl byzance dark 14" hihat
    Meinl Generation X 18" signal crash/ klub ride
    Zildjian K... I don't know which one it was, please help me! It was amazing, it was a 18" crash. I think medium but I am not sure and it had a thrashy sound. Does anyone know which one it could be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NedgarAllanPoe View Post
    4. 18" Paiste 2002 crash. ..... it mutes really well and it's punchy and gets out of the way faster than the Meinl.
    Mutes really well? Never heard that to describe a crash before.




    My top 5 that I own:

    14" A Zildjian Quick Beats
    16" A Custom Fast Crash
    16" Cie Vintage Zildjian Crash
    18" A Custom Fast Crash
    22" A Custom Ping Ride

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    My top five, (three) that I like and own: (all subject to change on a whim however)

    1. Paiste Signature 14" Dark Crisp Hi-Hats - Dark and Crispy. Great sounding combination.
    2. Paiste Signature 17" Full Crash - I purchased this second-hand, and it was my first Signature cymbal. I immediately fell for its sound. Other Signature purchases were made because of this cymbal.
    3. Paiste Signature 20" Dry Ride - Goes well together with my Dark Crispy Hi-Hats.
    4. -
    5. -

    Honourable mention: Zildjian K 18" Dark Crash Medium Thin - From the late 80's. Was a very nice cymbal. I gave it to my nephew as he is starting out at drumming.
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    Pearl Prestige World Series WLX 1988
    Tama Swingstar 1983
    Tama Superstar Hyper-Drive (Birch) 2007
    Ludwig Acrolite Snare 1976
    Pearl Sensitone Elite Aluminum 5.5" and 6.5" Snare
    Pearl COB Custom Deluxe [Gladstone] (75-76) Snare
    Love Drum Co. Hammered Steel 5.5" Snare
    Roland TD-1KV

    Paiste
    Accent 8"

    Paiste Signature:
    6", 10" Splash
    14" Dark Crisp Hi-Hats
    14" Sound Edge Hi-Hats
    16", 17", 18",19", 20" Full Crash

    Paiste Formula 602:
    22" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Ride

    Paiste 2oo2:
    22" Ride
    16" Crash
    6",10" Splash

    Paiste Sound Formula:
    20" Full Ride (Frankenstein)

    Paiste Twenty:
    16" China

    Paiste Alpha (original Swiss made):
    12" Splash

    Paiste PST7:
    Medium
    16", 18" Crash
    20" Ride
    14" Hi-Hats

    Sabian:
    XS20 18" China
    AA 14" Fusion Hi-Hats


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    k 20 light ride
    impression 14 mixed hats

    that's it for now... i assume the "your" implies cymbals we currently own.
    going kinda minimal lately.
    don't put off till tomorrow what you can put off today

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    1) A Zildjian 16 thin crash
    2) A Zildjian 22 heavy ride
    3) K Zildjian 15 dark crash
    4) K Zildjian 13 thin hats
    5) A Zildjian 12 splash
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
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    1. Zildjian A 14" New Beat Hi Hats
    2. Zildjian A 20" Ping Ride
    3. Zildjian A 12" Splash
    4. Zildjian A Custom 16" Crash or A Custom 16" Projection Crash
    5. Zildjian A Custom 18" Crash or Sabian AAX 18" X-Plosion Crash
    Last edited by dangermoney; 11-24-2014 at 09:45 PM.

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    18" HHX Manhattan crash
    21" Hand Hammered raw bell dry ride
    16" HHX Stage crash
    18" Hand Hammered thin China
    14" AA Fusion
    Last edited by SunDog; 10-18-2014 at 11:57 AM.

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