Zildjian 18" A Custom ReZo Crash Cymbal

In my opinion, the A Custom ReZo is one of the best models that Zildjian has ever designed. They have a very distinctive sound because they are thick near the bell and thin near the outer edge, but also because of alternating regions of heavy and fine lathing. Here, we review the 18" A Custom ReZo Crash Cymbal, which turns out to be my favorite of all the ReZo crashes we have reviewed (19" and 20"). It has a beautiful high pitched bell-like ring to it that cuts like a razor.


  • Manufacturer Line: A Custom ReZo
  • Type: Crash
  • Style: Thin
  • Alloy: B20 - CuSn20 - 80% Copper, 20% Tin
  • Diameter: 18"
  • Metal Work: Machine Hammered, Machine Lathed, Brilliant Finish
  • Weight: 3 Pounds
  • MSRP: $431 USA; Street Price $245
  • Zildjian

The close-up shows the alternating heavy lathing and fine lathing. The bell has fine lathing lines only, and is not hammered. The body of the cymbal has many rows of moderate depth hammering.


Spectral peaks occur at 380 Hz, 480 Hz, 1.8 kHz, 2.6 kHz, and then from about 3.1 kHz to 6 kHz, it is flat, after which there is a gradual decline out to 45 kHz. The crash is bright, and the bell rides beautifully, but the body is not really suitable for riding.


The peak of the crash occurs at 0.2 seconds, with a slow decay (long sustain).


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).