This is a info gathering question. As the drummer how are you choosing your Cymbal set up? How do they sit in the "mix" ? Does your sound guy (if you have one) agree with you and think your choices are right for the room? Thanks.
That's great advice and I couldn't have said it better.My recommendation is to stay away from bright cymbals. They are far too intrusive and loud, regardless of the size of the church. Your supposed to sit in the mix nicely and not draw attention to one thing or another. Darker cymbals (not too dark and trashy) will sit in nicely. . .
I have played modern praise and worship for almost thirty years in churches with 250 people and now play in a small church that averages about 45 people. I prefer cymbals that sound good at soft and loud volumes. Sabian AAX cymbals work for me. Peace and goodwill.
I'm kind of surprised no one posted the obvious solution yet - the Zildjian Worship pack:
Amazon.com: Zildjian K Custom Cymbal Pack, 14" pair, 16", 18", 20" (KC0801W): Musical Instrumentswww.amazon.com
I wonder if those are made with the actual working church drummer in mind or if "worship" is merely marketing-talk aimed at dudes who try to sound Aaron Spears.
They are basically cymbals ticking the checkboxes we've talked about above. Not too loud or intrusive = Fast Crash, not too pingy or loud of a ride = Manhattan Ride, etc. In my last church, we had 4 drummers. three of us did just fine with A Customs, but the 4th would blow down the church. We didn't play behind plexiglass, but if anyone was buying us into one, it was him. A set of standard Ks remedied his volume issues, at least as cymbals went...It's just marketing and packaging. None them are labeled "worship crash" or anything silly like that (doesn't someone have "gospel" cymbals or something? I think those are actually good.). Sabian has a worship pack too.