Cymbals come in many different shapes, sizes, colors, weights, and brands. Cymbals can be put into general categories of rides, crashes and hi-hats (you can also purchase a cymbal pack). Each type of cymbal serves a specific function within the drum set and picking the perfect cymbal is a highly personal decision.
When choosing crash symbols you should consider tone, durability and their ability to cut through the band. Hi-hats need to do at least three things well- a great chick (sounding when the hi-hat pedal is closed), splash (when the hi-hat pedal is depressed and released quickly) and sound when played with sticks (open and closed). Ride cymbals are generally between 20 to 24 inches. Smaller rides are usually higher pitched and bright while larger cymbals are lower pitched and darker.