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The fact that today's line of concert cymbals is seemingly endless should be music to your ears if you play in an orchestra, high school marching band or even a jazz ensemble. Why? Because it means that there is no end in sight to the ways you can add color and effect to a musical composition. In this section alone, you'll quickly see that concert cymbals are available in a variety of alloys, shapes, sizes and hammering techniques. Each cymbal in this catalog brings something unique to the table, and any serious concert percussionist owes it to themselves to try out as many different types as possible.
So which concert cymbals are right for you? That will depend on what kind of sounds you're looking to achieve throughout your performance. Typically, lighter cymbals offer a dark tone with a quick response and short sustain while heavier cymbals have longer sustain, more volume and a brighter sound. You'll also want to consider that this selection features both hand cymbals and suspended cymbals. There are plenty of both styles from trusted manufacturers like Meinl, Sabian and Zildjian.
If hand cymbals are what you're after, check out the Zildjian ZBT Band Crash Cymbal Pair. A top seller, these cymbals deliver sharp tones and they're also lightweight (ideal for younger marching percussionists). Another great set is the Sabian Artisan Traditional Symphonic Medium Light Cymbals. These cymbals deliver a century-old sound that will surely exceed your expectations.
Or, if you're in the market for suspended cymbals, the Sabian SR2 Suspended Cymbal is a treat on the eyes as much as the ears. Available in thin, medium and heavy, this cymbal is amazingly versatile and boasts exceptional craftsmanship. Another excellent choice is the Meinl Symphonic Suspended Cymbal. Hand-hammered and made from B20 bronze, this cymbal has long sustain and an immediate response that makes it perfect for many musical styles.
While each of these concert cymbal choices deserve your attention, it's still in your best interest to do a bit of research before making any quick decisions. Studying scores and listening attentively during band rehearsals will give you a better idea of which cymbals are best for your orchestra or ensemble. Of course, when you're ready to make a purchase, remember that you'll find more than enough concert cymbals to choose from, right here.