Paper Thin Crash Cymbals
Every aspect of a cymbal has an impact on its sound, and that even includes the luster of its finish. This is especially true for crash cymbals, so when you set out to find the perfect one, you might actually want to consider shopping by shininess. A brilliant cymbal like the Paiste PST 8 Reflector Cajon Crash will give you a mix that's crisp and clean. On the other hand, if you prefer your tone dark and raw, take a look at some duller finishes such as the Istanbul Agop Signature Crash Cymbal or the Meinl Byzance Vintage Series Vintage Crash. Prefer something exotic? How about the Zildjian Azuka Latin Multi-Crash Hand and Stick, or the Sabian AAX El Sabor Picante Hand Crash Cymbal?
It's all about the sound and playing style you want for your cymbals, so don't be afraid to think outside the box. However you want to play is the right way if it works for you. Be traditional and play your paper-thin crash cymbals together with bass drum strikes, or break the mold and explore your own signature method for blending them into the mix. The choice is yours to make, just like the choice of which cymbal to pick up in the first place.