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    Do any of you prefer small crashes? I now have 15" and 17" crashes, and that is what I will be playing for the rest of my life. I know that for several years many drummers play two big cymbals. So here is what I now have.

    All Sabian
    20" HHX Evolution Ride
    17" AA Medium-Thin Crash
    15" SR2 Thin Crash (does not sound "splashy" at all)
    14" SR2 Hats (medium top, heavy bottom)

    Peace and goodwill.
    Mark Wellman ><>

    Mapex Saturn toms, bass drum, and snare / Mapex MPX snare / Sabian HHX, AA, SR2 / Evans / LA Backbeat

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    I prefer small, thin crashes. Typically, they open up for a full sound without being too loud. A lot depends on the application. Most of the local venues here are small. Having a full crash sound at medium-low volume makes all the difference in the mix and the presentation of the song. The stage mics usually pick them up anyway. Many local Drummers I hear try to play 18” or 20” rock crashes in small venues and they are either waaaay too loud or they sound like crap because they can’t hit them hard enough to get the full sound. Either way, they don’t blend with the rest of the band and the mix. Obviously, there are exceptions.

    Some places I use 12” & 14” crashes, others I use 14” & 16”. Only time I use 16”&18” is for outdoor gigs. I have 18”, 20” and 22” rides that I switch between; once again depending on the venue. Sometimes I start small, but after the second set, most of the people left are the serious parties. Then we crank up the volume and I switch out to larger cymbals for the last 2 sets.
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    Horses for courses. I prefer 'glassy' sounding cymbals that open quickly and decay quickly, too. Consequently, I currently use Sabian's AAXplosion range for crashes and have 14, 16 and 18" versions of these cymbals. For church, I use 14 and 16 and for most other gigs with my band, I use 16 and 18 often with an 18" ozone.
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    I prefer the smaller crash cymbals 14, 15, and 16.
    I have a number of 16 inch crashes that are all a bit different and sound great.
    The K Zildjian thins and medium-thins are outstanding.
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    Since we have been having drive-in church services, I have been playing my set, rather than the church's set. I saw a video of today's service, and the cymbals sounded great. The 17" is low pitched for its size, and the 15" sounds full and not splashy at all. I am one happy drummer. Peace and goodwill.
    Mark Wellman ><>

    Mapex Saturn toms, bass drum, and snare / Mapex MPX snare / Sabian HHX, AA, SR2 / Evans / LA Backbeat

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    So much of what cymbals you use has to do with what bands and what music you're playing, and of course where you're playing and whether the drums are mic'ed relative to how loud the band is playing. So, obviously a lot of factors. The only drawback to small, thin crashes are, they're prone to breakage quicker. I use 16" and 17" mostly, medium weight.
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    15" to 18" crashes for me. Bright, quick decay, is my preference.
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    I bought a new crash for $99, so here are my crashes now: Sabian AA 16" Concept Crash(the new one) and Sabian AA 17" Medium-Thin Crash. My HHX Evolution Ride is very crashable too. Peace and goodwill.
    Mark Wellman ><>

    Mapex Saturn toms, bass drum, and snare / Mapex MPX snare / Sabian HHX, AA, SR2 / Evans / LA Backbeat

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