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The Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal is a beginner' perfect first crash. This entry-level crash is formed from MS63 alloy for a warm, rich tone. It has a smoot...Click To Read More About This Product

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Complex spread with a warm feel.

The Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal is a beginner' perfect first crash. This entry-level crash is formed from MS63 alloy for a warm, rich tone. It has a smooth attack and medium sustain to complement any drum set.

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MeinlHCS Crash Cymbal
 
4.2

(based on 120 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright sound (30)
  • Focused crash (26)
  • Responsive feel (26)
  • Explosive attack (21)
  • Full crash (21)

Cons

  • Flat sound (13)
  • Not responsive (4)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Small venues (23)
  • Accompaniment (18)
  • School bands (9)
  • Jazz clubs (5)
  • Practice (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Novice (22), Child (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Go HCS!!!

I got the 16" and it sounds great! It's perfect for what i play. Hardcore metal. I wont buy any other crash cymbal. This is simply the best deal considering the...Read complete review

I got the 16" and it sounds great! It's perfect for what i play. Hardcore metal. I wont buy any other crash cymbal. This is simply the best deal considering the price and the sound. The cymbal has a really aggressive and explosive attack, perfect for banging on after mowing down those epic fills or for thrashing on, a nice sustain, a sinister dark tone, and best of all, it won't blow a chunk out of your budget. Trust me I know all about that...

Get this cymbal and you WILL not be disappointed, unless you're one of those darn critiques...

MUSHROOMHEAD

Support music and creativity worldwide! Be in a heavy metal band!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Definitely a BEGINNER cymbal. heavy 18 inch Crash... might be better as a ride cymbal.

I read multiple reviews for this cymbal. Even drummers that have played for years had said it was worth giving it a try. Some went as far as saying it wasn't JUST a beginner...Read complete review

I read multiple reviews for this cymbal. Even drummers that have played for years had said it was worth giving it a try. Some went as far as saying it wasn't JUST a beginner cymbal, and that it could be be used by anyone at any level...

I've been playing hard-rock/ alternative rock / heavy metal for over a decade. I put this cymbal right on my drumset, played through practice with it, and was very displeased. It is a heavy cymbal.
I bought the 18 inch Crash. It cannot be hit repeatedly on it's edge- to get that washy sound that is synonymous with most all rock music. It takes each hit with a dull metal sound underneath. Individual, separate hits have the same effect.

However, the bow and bell of the cymbal are bright. Again, I bought the 18 inch crash... I might use it as a ride cymbal.

Goodluck.
I read multiple reviews for this cymbal. Even drummers that have played for years had said it was worth giving it a try. Some went as far as saying it wasn't JUST a beginner cymbal, and that it could be be used by anyone at any level...

I've been playing hard-rock/ alternative rock / heavy metal for over a decade. I put this cymbal right on my drumset, played through practice with it, and was very displeased. It is a heavy cymbal.
I bought the 18 inch Crash. It cannot be hit repeatedly on it's edge- to get that washy sound that is synonymous with most all rock music. It takes each hit with a dull metal sound underneath. Individual, separate hits have the same effect.

However, the bow and bell of the cymbal are bright. Again, I bought the 18 inch crash... I might use it as a ride cymbal.

Goodluck.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Go HCS!!!

By Mushroomheadedme XII

from NC

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Pros

  • Dark Tone
  • Explosive Attack
  • Focused Crash
  • Full Crash
  • Very Durable
  • Won't Crack

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Any loud music
  • Beginners
  • Metal
  • Players
  • Pros

Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

I got the 16" and it sounds great! It's perfect for what i play. Hardcore metal. I wont buy any other crash cymbal. This is simply the best deal considering the price and the sound. The cymbal has a really aggressive and explosive attack, perfect for banging on after mowing down those epic fills or for thrashing on, a nice sustain, a sinister dark tone, and best of all, it won't blow a chunk out of your budget. Trust me I know all about that...

Get this cymbal and you WILL not be disappointed, unless you're one of those darn critiques...

MUSHROOMHEAD

Support music and creativity worldwide! Be in a heavy metal band!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Crash Cymbal

By Brandon Coff

from Illinois

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Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

Buy this cymbal.
Nice loud crash, it goes well when I crash my meinl ride with it.
I've had this 16inch cymbal for about 6 months now and still hasn't failed to please me. I'm a hard hitter and this crash has withstood alot of beatings and still no cracks. At first I only bought it because I was tight on money, but then I realized it was that bad of a cymbal when it didn't crack really fast.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Crash for beginner to intermediate players!

By tedlenoski

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

I think the size cymbal you buy is just as important as the sound quality you go for. The 14" crash kinda sounded like an overglorified splash. The 16" and 18" sounded better for what I play which is punk and hard rock. The 18" is a little darker obviously than the 16"
Strong, well-made cymbal that has an authentic sound. I think it is definitely a FAR step up from getting stuck with the cymbal pack you get with your drum set.
I play hard punk and punish this cymbal and it held up like a brick wall. The sound is very loud and some experienced drummers might find them not very musical persay, but they get the job done. On a scale of being tin on a stand to maybe being hand crafted cymbal they are a segway below half.
The price is by far the best thing. You can always depend on Meinl to have a great value price on their cymbals (I have the hi-hats as well).

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Cymbal

By MeinlMaker

from Lebanon, VA

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Pros

  • Bright Sound
  • Explosive Attack
  • Full Crash
  • Responsive Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Metal
    • New band
    • Practice
    • Rock

    Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

    This is a really good cymbal. It arrived today. I also bought a Sound Percussion Double-Braced Boom Stand. They are a very good combination. The price is well worth it.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Cymbal

    By Corey Graham

    from Washington

    Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

    The HCS 16" Crash is a great cymbal. It's a nice fast crash. It is definitely worth the price.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Get this!

    By charlie pappas

    from USA

    Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

    overall good cymbal, wish it was a little louder but just get some mics haha
    Great sound good for beginners to intermidiate players! Great price!
    had this for about a year now still great and im a hard hitter no cracks at all!
    great for the price get this!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very Nice!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

    I got this for my kit, and needless to say it is perfect for the price. I'll hit the heck outta this thing and not a single crack on it. It's very durable and worth the money. If you have a small budget, GET THIS.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AMAZING CYMBAL!!!!!

    By Cameron Peterson

    from North Carolina

    Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

    I got the 16 inch about two years ago and i love it. i havn't had any problems with it, the sound is incredible. No dents. Very thick and heavy, not thin and light like other brands. All those other people saying this cymbal sucks are mistaken.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    16

    By Cynthia Celeste Miller

    from Parsons, KS.

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    Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

    I've been using the 16" crash for a year now and I couldn't be happier. I've played low-end Zildjians, Paistes and Sabians... and none of them held up well to my assault. They cracked within months. This gem, on the other hand, looks (and sounds) as good as new. While it's true that it doesn't sound as good as an MB20, it still sounds extremely good for a low-end cymbal. I'm also getting an 18" HCS crash next week.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great for the price!!

    By john p.

    from pittsfield ma.

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    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Explosive Attack
    • Full Crash
    • Great Sound And Quality
    • Responsive Feel

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Rock Band

    Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

    this cymbol rocks!!! for the price you cant get better,ive paid more for less quality sound and durability,this is my 1st time trying this brand out and im totally impressed,i also purchased the mcs hi hats and impressed with them as well!! after being really disapointed with zbts (different brand of cymbols)these are my new brand of good sounding cymbols that i will continue to buy!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    very good product

    By lonnie

    from gainesville florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Explosive Attack

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Small Venues

      Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

      great price ,superb quality,magnificent sound

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      You get what you pay for...

      By davebag

      from Richmond, KY

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Cheap
      • Focused Crash

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Not Responsive
      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Budget

      Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

      After breaking my 16" MCS Crash I needed a replacement quick and didn't have a lot to spend. I was pleased to get this for the price and as soon as I put it on my set and started playing it, I was disappointed. It's too flat and just sounds like it's made from aluminum...

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great for the price

      By jav872

      from Hendersonville,NC

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Bright Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

          Bought this cymbal for my son to replace hi sold one. I was worried about the quality til he played it , sound great. Not cheep stamped out, well made heavy gauge material

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Crash Cymbal

          By Cheshire Cat

          from Lake Havasu AZ

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright Sound
          • Full Crash
          • Responsive Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

            Good quality stuff and fair price. Very Functional

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            HCS is great!!

            By JERIC0

            from Helena, MT

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Bright Bell
            • Deep dark tone
            • Great for single hits
            • Responsive Feel

            Cons

            • Flat Sound
            • No good for crash riding

            Best Uses

            • Christian Rock
            • Death Metal
            • Metal
            • Pop
            • Practice
            • Punk
            • Rock

            Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

            This is a great cymbal!! I think this should be a crash-ride however this cymbal is not good for riding while crashing. I bought the 16" and have been playing it for a month and use it at gigs and it holds up very well. Other than that I would definately reccomend the 16" along with the rest of the HCS series. HCS has a dark and low tone. I play metal, rock, christian rock, punk, and pop and it works great for all those genres. Enjoy your new Meinls!!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Definitely a BEGINNER cymbal. heavy 18 inch Crash... might be better as a ride cymbal.

            By Jordan Lancaster

            from NJ

            Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

            I read multiple reviews for this cymbal. Even drummers that have played for years had said it was worth giving it a try. Some went as far as saying it wasn't JUST a beginner cymbal, and that it could be be used by anyone at any level...

            I've been playing hard-rock/ alternative rock / heavy metal for over a decade. I put this cymbal right on my drumset, played through practice with it, and was very displeased. It is a heavy cymbal.
            I bought the 18 inch Crash. It cannot be hit repeatedly on it's edge- to get that washy sound that is synonymous with most all rock music. It takes each hit with a dull metal sound underneath. Individual, separate hits have the same effect.

            However, the bow and bell of the cymbal are bright. Again, I bought the 18 inch crash... I might use it as a ride cymbal.

            Goodluck.
            I read multiple reviews for this cymbal. Even drummers that have played for years had said it was worth giving it a try. Some went as far as saying it wasn't JUST a beginner cymbal, and that it could be be used by anyone at any level...

            I've been playing hard-rock/ alternative rock / heavy metal for over a decade. I put this cymbal right on my drumset, played through practice with it, and was very displeased. It is a heavy cymbal.
            I bought the 18 inch Crash. It cannot be hit repeatedly on it's edge- to get that washy sound that is synonymous with most all rock music. It takes each hit with a dull metal sound underneath. Individual, separate hits have the same effect.

            However, the bow and bell of the cymbal are bright. Again, I bought the 18 inch crash... I might use it as a ride cymbal.

            Goodluck.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            best seller

            By hisem gonzalez

            from maryland

            Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

            i like the product because they shipped fast and the price is the best.
            is the best seller. my cymbals are great and like how it sound is the best . they shipped fast and thank you so much musicans friend.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            a very very good cymbal for its price

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

            i dont have this cymbal yet but i am gettin one for my birth day along with the meinl hcs 14in high hats because my freind got a tama drum set and it came with the hcs pack and they sound great better than some customs i have played trust me get this crash it is cheap and very good

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            really good symbols!

            By Unnamed User-y-ZlI

            from Haleyville, AL

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            Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

            About three weeks ago, I bought the 14" & 16" crashes to replace a cheap sunlight crash/ride and a TKO percussion splash. I was glad i got these symbols because I needed them for my band and now will be sticking to these symbols.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice

            By Tlb drummer

            from Houston, Tx

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            Comments about Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal:

            Nice Cymbal for biggeners.

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