13 Best Crash & Ride Cymbals

List Updated April 2020

Bestselling Crash & Ride Cymbals in 2020


Zildjian ZBT 18" Crash Ride Cymbal

Zildjian ZBT 18
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • The perfect cymbal choice for beginners and student drummers
  • Learn and explore all styles - pop, rock, jazz and more - with ZBT
  • Bright, high-pitched sound that cuts through easily in all playing situations
  • Make serious music at a great value for your money
  • Made in the USA by the trusted name in cymbals since 1623

Sabian SBR1811 SBR Series Pure Brass 18-Inch Crash/Ride Cymbal

Sabian SBR1811 SBR Series Pure Brass 18-Inch Crash/Ride Cymbal
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Delivers full-bodied riding and loud crashing equally well
  • Smartly priced, SBr Brass is in a class of its own
  • SBr makes your first step into cymbals an easy one
  • Protected by SABIAN One-Year Warranty

Meinl 18" Crash/Ride Cymbal - HCS Traditional Finish Brass for Drum Set, Made in Germany, 2-YEAR WARRANTY (HCS18CR)

Meinl 18
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • CUTTING RIDE SOUNDS WITH SWELLING CRASH EFFECT: The 18" Meinl HCS crash/ride is the perfect middle ground between a ride cymbal and a crash cymbal. Blend in ride cymbal patterns with swelling crash cymbal effects, all while maintaining stick definition.
  • DESIGNED FOR BEGINNERS AND STUDENTS: Meinl HCS cymbals are designed for beginner and student musicians using a durable brass alloy that maintains its tone while holding up to the brunt of drum sticks. These cymbals are recommended for any style of music a beginner may be getting into while exploring their sound.
  • WELL-SUITED TO PLACE ANYWHERE IN YOUR DRUM SET UP: The HCS 18" crash/ride cymbal is well-suited to place anywhere on your drum kit to incorporate into any style of playing. Use with sticks, mallets, or brushes for a variety of sound in any setting.
  • MEINL HCS CYMBALS PROVIDE FULL RANGE OF SOUNDS: The HCS series from Meinl cymbals is designed to offer all of the cymbal types and sizes normally found in professional lines to beginners, in order to deliver the same sound options a working drummer may look for. Each cymbal is stamped with the Meinl logo, giving young players the same feeling as the pros when they sit down at their drum kits.
  • OFFICIAL TWO YEAR MEINL WARRANTY: All Meinl cymbals carry a two-year manufacturer's warranty when purchased from authorized retailers

Cymbal Boom Stand by Griffin|Double Braced Drum Percussion Gear Hardware Set|Adjustable Height|Arm Holder With Counterweight Adapter for Mounting Heavy Duty Weight Crash and Ride Cymbals For Drummers

Cymbal Boom Stand by Griffin|Double Braced Drum Percussion Gear Hardware Set|Adjustable Height|Arm Holder With Counterweight Adapter for Mounting Heavy Duty Weight Crash and Ride Cymbals For Drummers
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • MOUNT YOUR CYMBALS WITH SAFETY: Keep your peace of mind and focus only on your music with a top quality, reliable cymbal boom stand that won't let you down. Equipped with double braced legs for maximum stability and an excellent cymbal tilter gear system (steel washer, wing nut, vinyl tubing and cymbal felt) that promises slip-proof cymbal positioning, this is a lightweight to medium weight stand, great for accommodating your crashes, splashes and effect cymbals in the studio or on stage.
  • ADJUST TO YOUR PREFERRED HEIGHT: Boasting a highly convenient adjustable height feature that allows you to accommodate your changing needs, this percussion hardware piece enables you to move from 29" to 48" without the boom or up to 67" with the boom, while the memory locks will make sure your personal settings remain in place for every practice session. The shiny chrome finish gives this stand a stylish appearance, ideal for your on-stage performances.
  • UNMATCHED FLEXIBILITY AND VERSATILITY: Why spend money on a cymbal boom stand that will only support the weight of lightweight, standard cymbals, when you can have this durable stand that will easily accommodate any type of cymbal? Perfect for both lightweight cymbals like your 18"crash, as well as heavy rides or China, this deluxe boom stand features a counterweight end piece that will safely hold the weight of all your standard and heavy cymbals with ease.
  • PACK YOUR CYMBAL STAND ON THE GO: Designed with the needs of mobile drummers and touring musicians in mind, this premium quality cymbal boom stand folds down to a compact size, easy to pack and take with you everywhere. Thoughtfully designed with rubber tipped feet for ultimate stability and protection from falls, this cymbal boom stand will stay securely on the floor, even during intense playing. Specifications: Boom arm length: 18". Base pipe diameter: 19 mm. Gross weight: 6.5pounds.
  • OUR PROMISE TO YOU: Being so sure about the top quality and excellent performance of these cymbal boom stands. For complete piece of mind. 1 Year full factory warranty is included with all new purchases.

ammoon 12" / 14"/ 16" /18" / 20" Brass Alloy Crash Ride Hi-Hat Cymbal for Drum Set

ammoon 12
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Made of high quality brass alloy.
  • Give out shining metal luster.
  • Offer you melodious tinkle sound when you hit the cymbal top.
  • Dig out your deep desire to play crazy and shocking melody.

WUHAN WUCRR18 Crash Ride 18-Inch

WUHAN WUCRR18 Crash Ride 18-Inch
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Bright Penetrating tone and full sustain
  • Large ride type bell gives it clarity and articulation
  • Serves well as a ride in acoustic and studio situations

Zildjian A Series 18" Crash Ride Cymbal

Zildjian A Series 18
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Good ride definition. Good light crash qualities.
  • Traditional Finish
  • Copper Tin ratio of 80/20

Sabian 218OMX 18" AAX Omni Crash Ride Cymbal

Sabian 218OMX 18
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Designed with the astonishing and groundbreaking Jojo Mayer
  • Never has so much versatility existed in just one model
  • AAX models deliver consistently bright, crisp, clear and cutting responses - the ultimate Modern Bright sound!
  • Protected by SABIAN Two-Year Warranty

Zildjian K 20" Crash Ride Cymbal

Zildjian K 20
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Good Ride definition. Dry crash qualities.
  • Copper Tin ratio of 80/20
  • Skill Levels - Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate, Professional

Zildjian K Custom 20" Dark Ride Cymbal

Zildjian K Custom 20
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Excellent stick definition with dry, full-bodied stick sound
  • Dark, warm undertones
  • Trashy crash qualities for accents
  • Traditional Zildjian 80/20 Copper-Tin ratio

Sabian 222OMX 22" AAX Omni Crash Ride Cymbal

Sabian 222OMX 22
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Designed with the astonishing and groundbreaking Jojo Mayer
  • Never has so much versatility existed in just one model
  • AAX models deliver consistently bright, crisp, clear and cutting responses - the ultimate Modern Bright sound!
  • Protected by SABIAN Two-Year Warranty

Meinl Cymbal Set Box Pack with 13" Hihats, 14" Crash, Plus Free 10" Splash, Sticks, Lessons – HCS Traditional Brass – Made in Germany, 2-Year Warranty (HCS1314-10S)

Meinl Cymbal Set Box Pack with 13
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

IRIN 12''/14"/ 16"'' Drum Cymbal Brass Alloy Crash Ride Hi-Hat Cymbal for Drum Set (14 inch)

IRIN 12''/14
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • 1 pcs 14" crash cymbal made of high quality brass alloy.
  • Easy playability, A bright crash sound.
  • Offer you melodious tinkle sound when you hit the cymbal top.
  • Dig out your deep desire to play crazy and shocking melody.
  • Durable brass alloy cymbal is fun and educational for beginners, students and players.

Are Finger Cymbals Required for Belly Dancing?

There are reasons for both using and not using finger cymbals (zills or sagat) while belly dancing. Here are some pros and cons to consider when choosing to zill or not.

My first teacher did not teach finger cymbals. She felt that wearing zills destroyed the lovely lines of the dancer's hands and the graceful movements that should be made with them. Hand motions are one of the characterizing moves for belly dance, so deemphasizing them can lose the flavor of the dance. Furthermore, since we mostly danced to the classical belly dance pieces arranged for larger orchestras, the zills were either drowned out or competed and/or clashed with the music. Zills give a more ethnic feel and may not be appropriate for some presentations. Also, there's nothing worse than a dancer whose zilling doesn't stay with the beat or is uneven; it really distracts from the performance. So why use an item that is unnecessary and can be ugly and even detract from the dance? These are good points, and should be assessed when choosing dance elements.

However, a dancer should give herself the option of using the cymbals. When dancing in an open-air public environment, you quickly appreciate how useful zills are to get people's attention, because they cut through the crowd noise with ease. The public knows the sound of an incipient bellydance performance and will gather 'round and listen up, so even if they're not used in the dance, the cymbals are wonderful for starting a show. You don't even have to be proficient at them!

As I became more aware of middle-eastern culture and the backgrounds of belly dance, I grew interested in dancing to live drumming or music. After all, recordings are a new technology and the dance has been around forever; all dancers used to dance to live music. There is respect for dancers who can produce their own music and more respect for those who can use it to interact and integrate with the band. A dancer responds to the band both through her dance and through her zilling, but the zilling makes it less of passive following. Then I came to realize that sometimes a dancer needs to assert her stage presence and keep those drummers in their place!

Finally, I see that it would be satisfying to be self contained, to produce my own dance music whenever I needed or felt like it. Producing the various rhythms requires study and skill; it's a way to distinguish yourself among dancers. Also, you can zill in the background to support other dancers, and that's nice, too. As an interesting side benefit, I've heard that zilling is a brain exercise that helps keep you sharp- I don't know about that, but it's a neat thought! So I'm starting to learn to zill and dance. Living in the same town as prominent ziller Z'Helene helps too; I've gotten her videos and am starting down the road to zilling- sometimes off beat, but moving to my own drummer. I mean ziller.