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    I love my Zildjian Ks, I have a beautiful Kerope, and a few vintage cymbals that sound killer. But there's one cymbal, a Zildjian 17" A Medium Thin crash that I just can't set my kit up without. It's the smoothest, most versatile, most pleasing to my ear cymbal I've ever owned. There's nothing exotic or special about an A Medium Thin but I love this thing.

    What's your "can't live without it" crash?

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    1) Medium thin 18" Custom A

    2) Any Johnny Walker that causes me to crash in any way except into anything else moving or not moving.

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    at the moment 19" Zildjian A Thrash Ride.

    never ride it only used for crashes.
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    My 16" Sabian AA medium thin is absolutely perfect. Must be something about those medium thins.

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    My 18" A custom fast crash................perfect crash sound IMO

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    Mine is an 18" Paiste Sig. full crash. I've had it since 91.

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    I love my Zildjian A 17 medium thin crash. I bought it new back in the 1970's and have been using it since. Like you say most versatile crash to own. I also recently 6 years ago bought a 18 K dark thin to compliment it and they work well together.
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    my sabian 18" XS medium thin is a wonderful cymbal. That's probably why I own 4 of them haha
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    Old "A" Zildjian 16 inch thin crash....................loved it since the day I bought it in 1976....................still sounds perfect.
    It has been used at every gig and at every recording of which I have been a part since that time.
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    +1 on the vintage A Zildjian 16" thin crash ... magical cymbal. I have one that I bought back in '77 but I currently have it stored away.

    These days, my favorite is a K Zildjian 18" Dark Thin Crash that I bought a couple of years ago.

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    I'd have to say it's my 16" Paiste Signature. I love it, but honestly never use it. As good as it sounds, it doesn't mesh with any of my other cymbals. If I ever played a gig with just one crash, it would be the one.
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    16" AAX recording crash. Not too high, not too low. Nice long sustain, not too loud
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    18" Meinl Byzance Trash Crash.


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    Quote Originally Posted by areFish View Post
    18" Meinl Byzance Trash Crash.

    Oooo I like those. Trashy in a smooth kind of way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man View Post
    ... there's one cymbal, a Zildjian 17" A Medium Thin crash that I just can't set my kit up without. It's the smoothest, most versatile, most pleasing to my ear cymbal I've ever owned. There's nothing exotic or special about an A Medium Thin but I love this thing.

    What's your "can't live without it" crash?
    Exactly the same cymbal, and for exactly the same reasons.

    GeeDeeEmm

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    I have four crash cymbals. 16" HHX Stage, 18" HHX Manhattan, and 19" and 20" Artisans. At one point or another they have all been "that one cymbal". Right now it's the 20" Artisan. It's a badass.

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    My favorite is a K Zildjian 17" Dark Thin Crash that I obtained from a backline kit in a Hillsborough, NC bar in 2007. I purchased an A. Zildjian 18" medium crash, that sounded almost exactly like that K, to trade for the K. The bar owner thought I was nuts for that deal, but I have one of the fastest(crash & fade away), loudest crash cymbals ever made. To me, it has a small bell and I love the sound, and if I had 100 of the same cymbal, I could sell them in an hour. I have an 18" A. Zildjian thin crash I bought in 2008 that is sonically ALMOST as wonderful as that 17" K.
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    My 17" K Thin crash
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    Mine is also a 17" medium thin crash, but from a different company.
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    16" Zildjian K Custom Dark crash.

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    My 18" Sabian El Sabor is my favorite musical instrument of all time. It is an outstanding crash. Peace and goodwill.
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    My 18" K custom Dark matches the sound in my head for a crash cymbal. Don't even bother browsing for other crash cymbals
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    I have a 14" fast crash that came with my XSR set. I have it sitting over my 16" floor tom, and love to use it for accents.

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    After my gig this weekend, I now have to amend my post of one year ago when I expressed preference for my 17" A Zildjian crash. The new winner: Zildjian K Dark 16" Medium Crash. What a remarkable crash cymbal!

    GeeDeeEmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdmoore28 View Post
    I now have to amend my post of one year ago
    Can you do that? I don't think you can do that. Where are the rules? Check the rules!

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