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The Search For The Best Crash Cymbals

Here at Drum Center of Portsmouth, we carry crash cymbals. A LOT of Crash cymbals. With hundreds of options to choose from, finding the right crash cymbals for your situation can seem daunting. Never fear! In our latest comparison video, we demo 10 of our favorite crashes that can be used in a wide variety of musical situations!

Istanbul Agop Signature Crash

Paper thin, dark, dry and low pitched. Istanbul Agop signature crash cymbals are hand made in Turkey by artisan cymbalsmiths. Due to the individual nature in which they are crafted, each Agop Signature Crash has its own slightly unique voice. These are ideal for jazz, but the creative drummer can find use for these in many situations.

Istanbul Agop Traditional Paper Thin Crash Cymbal

The Istanbul Agop Traditional Paper Thin Crash Cymbal speaks with full musical tone at any dynamic level. Warm, splashy crashes with relatively quick decay. This cymbal will do well in a variety of lower-volume musical applications. Check out the full line of Istanbul cymbals including high quality audio samples online at Drum Center of Portsmouth!

Sabian AAX Thin Crash

The AAX Thin Crash from SABIAN introduces a whole new palette of sound to the AAX line. A smaller raw bell than typically found on larger crashes delivers fast response. A whole new style of AAX hammering − much more visible on the surface of the cymbal due to the larger, rounder peen − makes for a thinner, more complex and slightly darker crash. At the same time, more highs are introduced into the sound, resulting in a wider band of frequency. For drummers, that means brighter highs and more complex lows. SABIAN has always pushed the boundaries of innovation, using the latest manufacturing technology to answer new trends in music and sound. AAX Thin Crashes are no exception, answering the call for thinner, faster, more complex crashes.

Sabian HHX Legacy Brilliant Crash Cymbal

With its dark tone, the highly-responsive Sabian HHX Legacy Crash can play loudly, but always remains musical. A brilliant finish adds shimmer and low-end presence. Until HHX, it was impossible to project darkness. But the dark, simmering sound, agitated bite and "Tone Projection" design of HHX makes this series more effective than others. Other cymbals may generate darkness, but HHX stirs up more simmering heat, more musical dirt, more of what drummers want to hear - and projects it. It gets you heard. And felt. HHX "Tone Projection" is an innovative design, created by the Sabian Vault team.

Meinl Pure Alloy Traditional Medium Crash Cymbal

The Meinl Pure Alloy Traditional Medium Crash Cymbal gives you polished definition with a smooth wash and a wide tonal spectrum. Shimmering, smooth stick articulation is present through all dynamic levels. The Traditional Medium Crash cuts with agility and rings out sustain with just the right amount of strength and balanced wash. We carry the full line of Meinl's Pure Alloy at the Drum Center of Portsmouth.

Meinl Byzance Vintage Sand Medium Crash Cymbal

Maybe the most unique sounding crash cymbal of the group is the Meinl Byzance Vintage Sand Medium Crash Cymbal. It is a pitch matched, dark sounding cymbal with a short sustain. What stands out is its relatively trashy crash sound with a modern white-noise character. Designed in Partnership with Benny Greb, the Byzance Vintage Sand Medium Crash Cymbal would make an excellent addition to any cymbal arsenal.

Paiste 602 Modern Essentials Crash Cymbal

This is the most expensive crash cymbal of the group, but once you hear it, we think you’ll understand why. The relatively new Paiste 602 Modern Essentials Crash Cymbal is deep, full, rich, warm, lively, silvery, dynamic, controlled and precise. Combines clarity, consistency with deepness and warmth, yet provides a modern versatile sound character with dynamic, potent, well balanced qualities and a responsive, soft feel.

Paiste Signature Full Crash Cymbal

The classic go-to crash cymbal for recording engineers. The Paiste Signature Full Crash Cymbal is musical, transparent, beautiful, rich, colorful, full, clear, expressive sound. The range of models features everything from particularly delicate, well balanced and sensitive to expressive, potent and powerful and projective qualities.
Bright, full, warm, brilliant sparkling. Wide range, balanced, clean mix. Even response with warm, shimmering sustain. A very versatile, general purpose crash cymbal.

Zildjian K Custom Dark Crash Cymbal

The Zildjian K is still the line that drummers lust for when they come in the shop. They work very well in any application, a bit darker than the A's, with less projection. They play well with other lines of Zildjian's as well.
Unique crash with dry, trashy overtones. Fast response with very quick decay. Speaks quickly, then dies. Very dark and full-bodied. Worth every penny.

Zildjian A Thin Crash Cymbal

The deep sounding Zildjian A Thin Crash Cymbal projects an immediately responsive and explosive crash. The tone is fast, bright, and lively and projects with good volume, making it a solid fit for nearly any genre of music. The Thin A Crash has a good sized bell that also cuts with a clean musical note. We are big fans of Zildjian Thin Crashes here at the Drum Center of Portsmouth.

At Drum Center of Portsmouth, we speak cymbal. We can help you navigate through the hundreds and hundreds of cymbals to help you find your voice. Give one of our professional drum associates a call at 603-319-8109 of email us at info@drumcenternh.com today!