As music continues to change, cymbals have always adapted to support those changes. Some of the most recent developments involve the use of both conventional and unconventional types of cymbals individually and in combination to create new sounds.
B20 Bronze – The versatile nature of B20 Bronze allows cymbals to be produced with a wide variety of sounds and tonalities. These differences are created in the way that each cymbal is formed, hammered, lathed and polished. This is why all B20 Bronze cymbals are extremely musical even though they can be dark, bright, high, low, long, short, dry, wet— and everything in between.
Hybrids – Hybrid cymbals combine multiple features in a single cymbal. Examples of these are Crash-Rides, China-Splashes, lathed cymbals with natural or polished bells and cymbals that employ several different finish types or zones to offer a variety of tonal qualities.
Cross-Matched – Although hi-hats usually match a a heavier bottom cymbal and a lighter top, cross-matched hi-hats that are made by pairing extreme weights or different types of cymbals than normal.
Stacks – Also called piggy-backs, stacking two or more cymbals on top of each other creates a short, metallic quality of sound. To achieve this effect, a drummer will place a smaller cymbal on top of a larger one. For the best results, there should be a 2 inch size difference between the cymbals and the bell of top cymbal must fit over the bottom one without resting on it; creating maximum cymbal-to-cymbal contact. Among the more popular combinations are:
- 10˝ Splash on 12˝ China
- 14˝ Stacker on 16˝ China
- 18˝ Stacker on 20˝ China
- 10˝ Splash on 16˝ Stacker
- 8˝ Splash on 10˝ Splash
- 12˝ Splash on 14˝ China
- 16˝ Stacker on 18˝ China
- 20˝ Stacker on 22˝ China
- 12˝ Splash on 18” Stacker
- 14˝ Stacker on 18˝ Crash
Venting – In addition to crash cymbals with large holes cut out of them, Vented cymbals include bottom hi-hats with crimped edges, small holes or notches to allow better air flow. This gives them a drier, shorter, trashier sound. (refer to the section on “Cymbal Types”)
Rivets, Jingles and Sound Modifiers – The addition of rivets, jingles and other items changes the cymbal’s sound qualities. Sound modifiers can be used with any type of cymbal. However, this may require drilling which should only be done by an experienced technician.