what size crash?


Senior Member
I am playing Jazz, mostly brush work. I have a 20" ride and want to add a crash to my kit. What size would be most suitable?


Platinum Member
18" is the most versatile. For your jazz work I would go with something thin and responsive. I would also have a rattle chain on hand if you wanted to have a sizzle sound for either.


Silver Member
Sabian 19" HHXtreme crash!

Very soft, fast response, works as a jazz ride, amazing bell, amazing crash sound.

It's the perfect crash!


Senior Member
I would most likely go with either a 15" or a 16" Thin Crash. Those will most likely suite the style you're playing in. The usually are quick and dont carry a ton of over tones.


Junior Member
Well size doesn't matter as much as thick/thinness when it comes to jazz. Plenty of jazz guys play bigger crashes, plenty play smaller crashes, the common denominator though is that most are thin because for jazz you want something very responsive even to the lightest touch.

Size is a matter of preference. Small crashes are going to be quick, punchy, and have a lower volume cap. Bigger ones will have larger washes, give you a brouder sound potential, and can also be ride-ed.

Just keep it thin!


Senior Member
Thanks for all the advice. I wound up buying a Sabian 18" off Ebay. So I now have Sabian 14" high hats, Sabian 20" ride and now the Sabian 18" crash. I guess now I will have to start thinking of a Splash to add. ;) Nobody told me that adding to my kit was going to be so addictive! Thanks once again for the collective help.


Pioneer Member
I’d go with something around a 16. I have a 16 inch Sabian HHX Manhattan that’s excellent for jazz.