- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 15 March 2011
There are so many lines of cymbals manufactured by most cymbal companies, it is difficult to imagine what they sound like from their name. If someone asked you what is the difference in sound between an 18" thin crash and an 18" fast crash, would you know the answer? I wouldn't. That's the sort of thing we will be working out here at Percussion Reviews. The current article is a review of the 18" A Custom Fast Crash from Zildjian.
- Manufacturer Line: A Custom Fast
- Type: Crash
- Style: Thin
- Alloy: B20 - CuSn20 - 80% Copper, 20% Tin
- Diameter: 18"
- Metal Work: Machine Hammered, Machine Lathed, Buffed and Brilliant Finish
- Weight: 2.3 Pounds
- MSRP: $431 USA; Street Price $235
The lathing is fine, and includes the entire cymbal. Zildjian states that they use a special rotary hammering technique for the A Custom line, and certainly, the hammering and lathing procedure can result in very different sound, even though the alloy is the same, and the hot ingot is handled through the rollers in the same way. But, of course, we don't know all the details. That is part of the secretive culture belonging to the cymbal making process.
Spectral peaks occur at 60 Hz, 120 Hz, 200 Hz, then rises to a peak at 480 Hz, followed by a trough in the 1 kHz - 3 kHz region, then flattens out through 8 kHz and slowly declines to 50 kHz. The crash is indeed very fast, bright, but has some dark undertones. The thin nature of the cymbal does not lend itself to riding the body, but the bell ride sounds excellent.
The peak of the crash occurs at 0.12 seconds (that's fast!), then decays quickly.
Click HERE to listen to an audio sample, which will include crash (when appropriate), ride, and bell sounds (these are 24 bit, 176.4 kHz wav files, so be sure your sound card is capable of handling these high resolution sound files).
If your sound card cannot play the high resolution file, click HERE to listen to an MP3 sound file.