The Best Cymbals on Reverb

The most popular cymbals on Reverb, updated daily.

Articulate, washy, dry, moody: there's a whole world of adjectives to describe cymbals and just as many models drummers use in many different capacities. Defined under the broad umbrella of a bowed disc made of bronze alloy, the variety of cymbals on the market can do everything from add color and movement to a jazz ensemble to slice through a heavy metal mix with piercing clarity.

From the handcrafted character of the Zildjian K Constantinople rides to the lively, brash power of the Paiste 2002 hi-hats to the modern sound of Sabian AAX crashes, the best options in the world of cymbals are right here.

The list below updates daily and reflects the most popular cymbals on Reverb according to buyers on the platform. Click on each entry for more info and check out the bottom of the page for details to consider when buying cymbals for your kit.

What to Consider When Buying Cymbals

Size

In general terms, you might think bigger cymbals are always louder and smaller cymbals quieter. But that's not exactly the case. True, there's more sustain and decay in a 22-inch crash versus a 16-inch crash, but the larger cymbal has a lower fundamental tone and can more easily blend with a mix. Conversely, smaller cymbals are good for controlled applications like the studio because their sound appears and disappears relatively quickly.

Weight

Just as important as size, a cymbal's weight affects its volume and how hard it has to be hit to produce sound. "Power" crashes and heavy rides find favor in louder genres, but because you have to work harder to get a response, they can end up getting worn out faster than a thin cymbal. However, if you're looking for that defined "ping" on your hi-hat and ride work, heavy's the way to go.

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