Well I finally gathered my courage and cut down my Sabian 21 inch thin cymbal into an 18” bottom hihat. It worked!! They are deep, with a lot of volume.
Don't let Bo see those - LOL
They're big, but somehow they don't seem out of place there.
I tried 24's as a novelty a while back - lasted about 10 minutes - ha ha:
That’s the great thing about trends- no one is required to participate...
I went up to 15" hats from 13's this year. Not sure why I waited as long as I did to do this as they're night and day from what I've been playing all these years. Everything about them just works for what I play.
That being said, I see 0 reason for anything bigger. I really don't. I played a few pairs of 16" hats at NAMM and just gave up on getting them to sound at all like I want.
15 was the limit for me. To go to 18's just seems silly IMO.