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For all their differences, there are some things nearly all drum sets have in common, and one of those things is a solid foundation of crash cymbals. But that doesn't mean they're all the same - not even close! Like other cymbal types, crash cymbals come in lots of different varieties. Picking out the best ones for your playing style means deciding on a few traits, and the most important one of all could be the weight (or thickness). While metal and hard rock drummers might lean toward heavier cymbals for stick definition, raw power and sustain, if you play a more nimble style you'll probably prefer the fullness and quick response of thin crash cymbals like the ones in this section.

Did you know that a crash cymbal's sound actually changes based on the luster of its surface? It's true! Something with a mirror-like finish (the Sabian HHX Evolution Series Crash Cymbal, for instance) will sound brighter and crisper than a duller cymbal. And a gritty, oxidized model like the Meinl Byzance Vintage Pure Crash Cymbal comes in at the other extreme with raw, subdued tone that's as earthy as its appearance. Looking for something with lots of bite? Make sure to check out some drilled cymbals such as the Paiste PST X Swiss Thin Crash Cymbal - they'll easily give you that aggressive edge.

Whether you want a clear, crisp crash for rock and pop, an ultra-dark beast for jazz, or simply a recording-room sound that's trashy yet tight all at once, there's something in this lineup of thin crash cymbals ready to give it to you. All it takes is a little bit of time spent browsing through the choices until you find what's best for your genre, your ensemble sound and, of course, your personal drumming style. Getting the right balance is important, so don't rush! Take a good look at all your options, and it won't be hard to narrow them down until you're left with the perfect cymbal to add to your collection.