Cymbals

A Versatile And Hypnotic Rhythm Accessory

Cymbals are played mostly in the orchestra to create a wide range of loud, crashing sound effects. The word cymbal is derived from the Greek word 'kymbos', meaning "vessel" or "bowl".

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ith most instruments, cymbals come in different sizes, from tiny finger sized with a gentle ding to garbage tin-cover sized with booming crash for orchestras.

Coming from the percussion family, cymbals are perhaps the only untuned musical instruments that are played by being struck, scraped or shaken together.

So How Many Different Cymbals Could There Be?

Cymbals are an essential element of a drum set normally using both high-hat and single. These can be hit with drum sticks or brushes, depending on the degree of sound required.

A heavier cymbal with hit with sticks may be perfect for a rock drummer where a jazz band or combo may prefer a thinner lighter one and brushes.

Some of the prominent categories of cymbals are:

  • Finger Cymbals - diminutive and non-pitched to play with the fingers
  • Ride Cymbals - on a pedestal to keep a rhythmic pulse of the composition
  • Suspended Cymbals - sized between 16 to 22 inches suspended upon a stand to provide percussive stresses in a composition
  • Crash Cymbals - larger to provide loud dramatic crashes during the high points in the composition
  • Hi-Hat Cymbals - mounted horizontally on a pedestal
  • Sizzle Cymbals - sized from 6 to 22 inches fitted on a pedestal stand at an angle

I bet you never knew there was so much to know about the simple cymbal.

Useful Tips On Playing The Cymbal

A cymbal is an ancient musical instrument and finds its place in nearly all kinds of music. It draws its name from the Greek word 'kymbos' which means 'vessel' or 'bowl', suggesting a link with bronze drinking vessels used in old times. Percussionists also call it a 'plate'.

There are many manufacturers of cymbals with some of the leading ones being Sabian, Zildjian and Paiste.

Before playing remove any padding or protective cover from the instrument. These reduce the effect of the sound.

Hold the instrument in your weaker hand. Place each finger under the strap close to the percussion instrument. Hold it at an angle of 45 degrees and position the other instrument away from the first, at a more vertical angle. You can now try to create different sound effects such as sizzle, crashing and roll.

There are many ways of playing this percussion instrument and therefore the sound that results from it is unique each time. It allows greater imagination and creativity of the performer. Thus when composing, the general sounds of the instrument need to be kept in mind. Then select the correct sounds, which would be proper to the particular emotion or structure of the music.

When playing in an orchestra you must keep the following points in mind. First, ensure that your part fits with the music, therefore, prepare for your performance through proper research and analysis, select the right instruments, think about what you plan to play and practice. Second, when playing, listen to the music, feel it and then express it. You will then be a part of the orchestra.

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Zildjian 19" A-Serie Ultra Hammer China

China

13

19", A series, Ultra hammered, Brilliant finish, B20 alloy, Small bell, Loud and trashy china cymbal with inverted "volcano" bell

Sabian 19" AA Holy China

China

33

AA Series, Holy china, Brilliant finish, The holy china achieved by its exceptional profile a higher tone, The sound holes generate more volume and...

Sabian 17" AA Holy China

China Cymbal

8

AA series, Brilliant finish, The Holy China achieves a higher pitch due to its exceptional profile, the sound holes produce more volume and decay...

Zultan 09" Rock Beat Splash

Splash

22

Rock beat series, Clear piercing, lively splash sound, Emphasizes accents and roundings in all styles of music, Brillant handpolished surface, 100%...

Zildjian 12" Oriental China Trash

Oriental China Trash

23

Oriental Series, Brilliant finish, Authentic "trashy" china sound, Very quick response, Explosive sound, Short decay

Zildjian 10" FX Oriental China "Trash"

Oriental China "Trash" Effect Cymbal

5

FX series, Brilliant finish, Classic trash china sound, Very fast and explosive response with very short sustain, Ideal for accents

Sabian 12" AA Mini Holy China

China Cymbal

3

Developed in collaboration with Chad Smith, Extra thin, very short and aggressive china, Brilliant finish

Sabian 19" Paragon China

19" China Cymbal

15

Paragon Series, Natural version, Neil Peart Signature, Handmade from Sabian B20 bronze, This Chinese cymbal has a small bell, a high bow and an...

Zildjian 09" Oriental Trash Splash

Trash Splash

23

Oriental series, Brillant finish, Exotic, "trashy" special effect splash for short, sharp accents, Adapts outstandingly to other splashes

Sabian 10" AA Mini Holy China

China

1

Developed in collaboration with Chad Smith, Extra-thin, very short and aggressive China, Brilliant finish

Istanbul Agop 13" Xist Dry Dark Crash

1

From the 201 Series, The most successful Paiste cymbal set, Made in Germany

Paiste 2002 Classic 19" Wild China

China

1

2002 classic series, 19" Wild china, Perfect china for louder music

Zultan 23" Q Ride

Ride Cymbal

5

"Q" Series, Awesome bell sound, Strong, defined loud stick stroke with continuously clear stick definition, Excellent for studio, recording and...

Sabian 07" HHX Evolution Splash

Splash CymbalThe HHX Evolution series was developed in cooperation with Dave Weckl.

13

Series HHX Evolution, Mechanically hand-hammered, Sabian Tone Projection, Fast, sensitive response, Highly responsive splash, With brighter, faster...

Sabian 21" AA Holy China

China Cymbal

11

AA Holy China, Achieves a higher tone via its exceptional profile, The sound holes generate more volume and decay while the large untreated bell...

Zultan 17" Raw China

China Cymbal

4

Raw Series, 100% Hand-hammered, Dark, warm and full sound, Great musicality, The non-lathed surface results in a dry, earthy sound with little...

Zildjian 22" Swish Knocker with Rivets

Effects Cymbal

2

China-like curved shape with 20 rivets, B20 alloy, Traditional finish, Darker, louder cymbal sound with long sustain

Zildjian K-Custom 19" Hybrid China

Hybrid China

12

Regular outside, Brillant inside, Dry, dark china sound, Fast, trashy attack with beautiful china sound sustain

Sabian 10" B8X China Splash

China Splash Cymbal

4

B8X series, Natural finish, Hammered bell, Stronger hammers, Warm and complex sound, Successor to the popular Sabian B8 series

Zildjian 23" K Sweet Ride

Ride Cymbal

0

K series, Dark and fast responding cymbal, "Random hammering", Warm and round sound

Sabian 19" AAX AAXtreme China

19" China

17

AAX AAXtreme, Brilliant finish, Ripping attack with a large, round tone still bright and trashy, Extremely musical china

Zildjian 19" K-Series China

19" China

3

Regular model, Dark exotic, mellow sound for special china effects

Meinl 12" HCS China

China Cymbal

37

12" HCS China, Beginners cymbal series, Combines quality and value, Explosive and fast-response China with medium die away

Zildjian 11" K-Custom Hybrid Splash

Splash

12

K Custom series, Traditional finish, Clean, great, clear, accentuated splash sound

Meinl 12" Generation X Filter China

12" Filter China

24

Generation X Series, Regular model, Very short, aggressive china sound, which is not too loud due to the wavy edge and very quickly dies away

Istanbul Mehmet 23" Black Bell Ride

Ride

0

Traditional finish, Untreated bell

Zultan 17" Heritage China

China

0

Heritage Series, 100% Handcrafted cymbal according to ancient traditions for highest standards, Machined several times with different hammers,...

Zildjian 11" Oriental Trash Splash

Trash Splash

9

Oriental series, Brillant finish, Exotic, "trashy" special effect splash for short, sharp accents, Adapts outstandingly to other splashes

Sabian 12" AAX Mini China Brilliant

12" Mini China Cymbal

11

AAX Series, Brilliant finish, Very effective, accentuating china with power and assertiveness, Rough china sound

Zildjian 17" K-Custom Hybrid China

Hybrid China cymbal

1

K-Custom series, Regular / Brillant finish, Fast responding China cymbal with short decay for excellent accents

Zildjian 09" K-Custom Hybrid Splash

Splash

16

K Custom series, Traditional finish, Clean, great, clear, accentuated splash sound

Zildjian 08" S Series Chinese Splash

Chinese Splash Cymbal

2

S Series, Paper Thin, Brilliant finish, Bright and open sound, Turned on both sides

Meinl 10" Generation X Filter China

10" Filter China

14

Generation X Series, Regular finish, Very short, aggressive china sound, which is not too loud due to the wavy edge and very quickly fades away

Masterwork 09" Custom Splash

9" Splash CymbalA considerable frequency range and a warm basic character with sensitive dynamic characteristics are the essential features of the Custom series.

1

Masterwork Custom Series, Traditional surface, Completely handmade according to old Turkish tradition, B-20 Alloy

Zultan 17" Dune China

China Cymbal

1

Dune series, Hand-hammered, Premium China cymbal from traditional Turkish production process, Made of B20 bronze, Dry, fast fading, thrashy sound,...

Meinl 08" Generation X Filter China

08" Filter China Cymbal

13

Generation X series, Regular design, Very short, aggressive China sound, which is not too loud thanks to the wavy edge and which fades very quickly

Zildjian 8" FX Oriental China "Trash"

Oriental China "Trash" Effect Cymbal

2

FX series, Brilliant finish, Classic trashy China cymbal sound, Very fast and explosive response with very short sustain, Ideal for accents

Zildjian 10" S Series Chinese Splash

Chinese Splash Cymbal

2

S Series, Paper Thin, Brilliant finish, Bright and open sound, Unlathed on both sides

Masterwork 11" Custom Splash

Splash Cymbal A considerable frequency range and a warm basic character with sensitive dynamic characteristics are the essential features of the custom series.

4

Masterwork Custom Series, Traditional surface finish, Completely handmade in accordance with old Turkish tradition, B-20 alloy

Istanbul Agop 23" Agop Signature Ride

Ride

0

Hand-hammered, Dry stick attack with warm fundamental tone and musical overtones, Crash ride capable, The Signature series is characterised by...

Masterwork 07" Custom Splash

7" SplashA considerable frequency range and a warm basic character with sensitive dynamic characteristics are the essential features of the Custom series.

3

Masterwork Custom Series, Traditional surface, Completely handmade according to old Turkish tradition, B-20 Alloy

Sabian 08" AA China Splash

Splash Cymbal

12

AA series, China splash cymbal, Brilliant finish, Fast, splashy response, Bright, trashy edge, Can be mounted on other cymbals by means of stacker

Sabian 13" AA El Sabor Splash

Splash Cymbal

8

AA Series El Sabor, Brilliant finish, Slightly bigger splash cymbal for more power and volume, This thin splash model delivers a wide fundamental...

Meinl 12" Classics China

China Cymbal

10

Classics Series, Aggressive, assertive, thrashy, clear china sound, "Round" china overtones, Explosive response with medium decay behaviour

Masterwork 12" Custom China

12" China

1

Masterwork Custom Series, Traditional surface, Completely handmade according to the old Turkish tradition, B-20 alloy

Meinl 12" Generation X Jingle China

12" Jingle Filter China

7

Generation X Series, Regular model, Combines the aggressive sounds of china filters with the dry rattling of jingles, Shimmering, rattling sound

Istanbul Mehmet 17" X-Ray Series Multi China

China Cymbal

0

X-Ray series, B20 bronze, Brilliant finish, With many small holes, Very trashy sound, Fast response, High pitch

Zultan 19" Heritage China

China Cymbal

0

Heritage Series, 100% Handcrafted cymbal according to old tradition for the highest demands, Processed several times with multiple hammers,...

Meinl 10" Generation X Jingle China

10" Jingle Filter China Cymbal

9

Generation X series, Regular version, Combines the aggressive sounds of the filters of China cymbals with the dry rattling of the jingles,...

Ufip 19" FX Power China

China Cymbal

0

Bright and trashy with great dynamics, Very well suited for hard rock, rock, heavy metal and fusion

Meinl 23" Byzance Medium Ride

Medium Ride

0

Byzance series, Traditional finish, Handmade in Turkey, Refined and revised by Meinl, Balanced, always controllable stick articulation with a...

Sabian 08" AA Mini Holy China

China Cymbal

2

Developed in collaboration with Chad Smith, Extra thin, very short and aggressive China cymbal, Brilliant finish

Meinl 17" Generation X China Crash

17" China Crash

2

Generation X series, Brilliant finish, Dynamic and fast response, Can be used as China and crash cymbal

Paiste Set 3 201 14"HH/ 16"C / 20"R

Cymbal Set

365

From the 201 Series, The most successful Paiste cymbal set, Made in Germany

Millenium Multi Cymbal Bag

Premium Cymbal Bag

1030

With carrying handle and backpack straps, Separate zippered compartments (14"/ 16" / 18"/ 22"), 22" Compartment divided again with insert, Very...

Paiste 20" 101 Ride

Ride

157

101 series, Soft, balanced sound, Bright stick attack on melodic, warm basic tone, Controllable ride for all appliances

Zultan 18" Aja Crash

Crash

124

Aja crash cymbals produce a loud and fat sound, Balanced and harmonious decay

Paiste 16" 101 Crash

16" Crash

109

101 series, Brass material, Extremely well-balanced crash cymbal, Versatile crash with fast, responsive, full crash sound and soft, mature ride...

Zultan 22" Caz Ride

Ride Cymbal

40

B20 bronze, Hand hammered, Full sounding bell, Ride cymbals with a unique mixture of broad tonal characteristics and shimmering harmonic overtones,...

Zultan 19" Caz Crash/Ride

Crash/ Ride

77

B20 Bronze, Hand-hammered, Light-weight, fast attack, with excellent stock control crash/ ride, Excellent stick attack, Full round sustain,...

Istanbul Agop 20" Xist Dry Dark Crash

0

From the 201 Series, The most successful Paiste cymbal set, Made in Germany

Zultan 10" Aja Splash

Splash

214

10", Crisp, sharp sound by use of high-quality bronze

Meinl 14" HCS Hi-Hat

Hi-Hat

97

HCS Series, From the beginners' cymbal series, Very good value for money, MS63 alloy, A versatile hi-hat in the middle weight range, Warm, clear...

Millenium 14" B20 Crash

Crash Cymbals

113

B20 material, Crash cymbal with clear and explosive response and round sustain

Zultan 08" Aja Splash

Splash

209

Aja series, Crisp, sharp sound thanks to the use of high-quality bronze

Paiste 13" 101 Hi-Hat

13" Hi-Hat

62

101 Series, Broad, full and controlled open sound, Mature, defined and bright sound, Hi-Hat suitable for all styles

Zultan 17" Aja Crash

Crash

80

Loud and rich sound, The release of the cymbals is harmonically balanced

Zultan 15" Raw Hi-Hat

Hi-Hat Cymbals

10

Raw series, Dark, warm and full sound, 100% hand hammered from B20 bronze, High musicality, The dry surface gives a dry, earthy sound with little...

Zildjian 21" A-Series Mega Bell Ride

21" Ride Cymbals

10

A series, Mega Bell Ride, Brilliant finish, B20 alloy, Extremely heavy and loud ride cymbal with an extra large bell

Zultan 24" Caz Ride

0

From the 201 Series, The most successful Paiste cymbal set, Made in Germany

Schlagwerk 12" Cajon Hi-Hat

Cajon Hi-Hat Cymbal

2

Handmade in Turkey, Brushed surface, Thin cymbal especially suitable for playing with the hand and with a fast response

Paiste 2002 Classic 24" Ride

24" Ride Bonham A very versatile ride with a very clear ping and a warm, overall lively sound. Strong Bell, wide frequency spectrum: the ride is particularly suitable for low to mid volume levels.

8

Paiste 2002 series, Designed for live and studio applications, Made of a special CuSn8 alloy, Very versatile, Warm, very lively sound

Zultan 12" Aja Splash

Splash

99

Aja series, Crisp, sharp sound thanks to the use of high-quality bronze

Zultan 15" Q Crash

Crash Cymbal

41

"Q" Series, Dark and ​​deep, full sounding crash cymbal with incredible dynamic range, The outer 2" ring of the top cymbal is hammered...

Istanbul Agop Clap Stack

Cymbal Stack

2

3-Piece stack - 11" + 13" + 15", Acoustic reproduction of an 8-bit hand-clap