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34 Favorite Crash Cymbals and Why They Work

From our Worldwide Family of Zildjian Artists

Kick, Snare, Crash! What’s your “go to” Crash to bash live?

We’ve reached out to our Worldwide Team of Zildjian Artists to tell us about their favorites and why they love them. Here’s what they had to say…

Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Daniel Hanson

1. Daniel Hanson - Australia, Ball Park Music
That's hard because there are so many that I love. At the moment it would be my 18” K Custom Hybrid Crash. I love bigger cymbals, and this one really cuts through live, but maintains a smooth body about it.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Ash Soan AC

2. Ash Soan - UK, Recording Artist
18” Kerope. Just killer!!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Stephen Perkins

3. Stephen Perkins – USA, Jane's Addiction
16” A Medium Thin- fast, loud, bright and with musical spread. 18” A Medium Thin- blends well with electric guitar, bites through the stage volume.


4. Lucas van Merwijk – Germany, Independent
I'm still using a 17" K Dark Crash. I have played this one for about 25 years and it's still my favorite.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Steve White AC

5. Steve White – UK, Independent /Trio Valore
I use two 18” Constantinople Crashes, one is slightly higher pitched, they just work really well together, I like my Crash Cymbals to accentuate music, not punch through it.


6. Grant Gerathy - Australia, John Butler Trio
Zildjian K 19” Dark Crash Thin. Hit it hard it roars. Glance at it, it swells. Ride on it even.


7. Ian Matthews – UK, Kasabian
18” and 19” K Custom Darks. Lovely.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Mike Gaspar

8. Mike Gaspar – Portugal, Moonspell
I use 18” A Custom Crashes. The brightness and the way they cut through are amazing. Always makes me feel like I’m listening to a professional recording. Also, I used to break a lot of cymbals and thought the thicker the better, but with these they are lighter and take a good beating without breaking so often. I can rely on them for all situations, big and small rooms. They’re magic!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Jacopo Volpe

9. Jacopo Volpe – Italy, Vanilla Sky
18” A Custom Crash, 19”A Custom Medium Crash!!! They're simply A Custom and it's the best sound ever!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Antonio Sanchez

10. Antonio Sanchez – USA, Pat Metheny
ZIldjian made me a few Crash prototypes with lots of small holes in them. Sort of like the EFX series. I love those and all the EFX series as well. I love how they have a nice airy sound as well as fast attack and fast decay.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Gary Husband

11. Gary Husband – UK, Independent
I favor 18”s as a rule, sometimes a 19”, and maybe sometimes a 17". I've loved "A" Customs for quite some years, and find them immensely flexible and controllable. They record great and are great live and always very musical. As a softer option I enjoy very much my 18” K Dark Crash Thins at the moment. They sound beautiful if you match them up nicely, in a variety of music.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Gino Banks

12. Gino Banks, India, Independent
18” A Custom EFX. Sounds beautiful.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll John Tempesta

13. John Tempesta – USA, The Cult
19” A Medium Thin and 20” A Thin Crash. They cut really well and have a lot warmth.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Joe Clegg

14. Joe Clegg - UK, Ellie Goulding
18” K Medium Thin Dark Crash - Clean and rounded with just enough character.


15. Nicolas Viccaro - France, Independent
17” A Custom Fast Crash.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Alex Salinger

16. Alex Saliner - Australia, Deez Nuts
I use the A Custom Medium Crashes, they’re loud and they cut through anything. They also are very hard to break!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Vasya Rudenk2

17. Vasily Rudenko – Russia, Elvira T
I have 18” and 19” K Dark Crash Thins. If I'm playing in a little bar, I'm using 19” Crash as Crash Ride. But I love them both because they are versatile for many musical situations, and have good classic sound. As for me, these are the best Crashes in the world!


Zildjian Buzz Roll | Atom Willard

18. Atom Willard – USA, Against Me
I really love my 20” A Custom Crash. It’s bright but not shrill… it's loud but has a width to it too… like it's a thunderclap...


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Ben Gordon AC

19. Ben Gordon – Australia, Parkway Drive
19” A Custom Projection Crash. I just love the tone it has, I've been using this cymbal for 8 years and it's still my favorite.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Tobias Derer

20. Tobias Derer – Germany, You Tuber -Ultimate Music Covers (UMC)
20” A Custom Crash. It´s just fat and sounds big. Incredible!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Richard Jupp AC

21. Rick Jupp – UK, Elbow
19” K Constantinople… I work very closely with our sound engineer, Danny Evans. We needed a Crash Cymbal that was bright enough to cut though the live mix but not crashy enough that it would go down the vocal mikes. We tried a few ranges and this one ticked all the boxes.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Jason Bittner

22. Jason Bittner – USA, Shadows Fall
18” A Custom Projection Crash because it does just that – projects;   and 18” K Crash Ride because it just sounds awesome and dark.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Marito Marques2

23. Marito Marques – Portugal, Independent
The 18” K Custom Hybrid Crash is the most versatile Crash in my opinion. I can play from Jazz, to Pop, Rock, R&B or World Music and it always gives me the sound I want!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Pierre Nakano AC

24. Pierre Nakano – Japan, Ling Toshite Shigure
18” A Custom Projection Crash - Because it sounds dynamic and clear.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Ivan Panella

25. Ivan Panella – Italy, Hopes Die Last
The Zildjian 19” and 20” A Custom Series are definitely my favorite Crashes to play live with my band. Both have great blend of brilliance and powerful sounds!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Matt Greiner

26. Matt Greiner – USA, August Burns Red
I prefer the Zildjian 18”A Custom Projection Crash. It 'bends' well with each hit and compliments the other cymbals on my kit very well.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Toni Mateos

27. Toni Mateos - Spain, Independent
16” K Dark Crash. Perfect combination of attack and full-body.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Kristinn Agnarsson

28. Kristinn "Kiddi" Agnarsson – Iceland, John Grant
17” K Custom Dark Crash is perfect for most if not all situations.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | Steve Judd

29. Steve Judd – Australia, Karnivool
20” A Custom Crash. Great response and handles quite a beating!


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Gavin Harrison

30. Gavin Harrison – UK, Porcupine Tree/ King Crimson
18” K Dark Thin Crash. Does exactly what I need with good power and projection.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Daniel Platzman

31. Daniel Platzman – USA, Imagine Dragons
20” K Crash. Great body and tone, great Crash, and I can Ride on it.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Darshan Doshi

32. Darshan Doshi – India, Independent
16” A Custom Crash


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll Simon Scheibel

33. Simon Scheibel – Germany, Lake Cisco
19” K Dark Crash Thin. It´s the perfect cymbal for Crash beats and sounds great when you use it as a Ride Cymbal. It prevails.


Zildjian Artist Buzz Roll | James Payne AC

34. James Payne – Italy, Hour of Pennance
17” and 18” A Custom Crash -  they are very consistent, have a very well balanced dynamic range, they respond exactly to each stroke I give with a very controlled sound.



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