The Zildjian A Custom Fast Crash is the most versatile crash cymbal I have ever played. In Jazz or Funk drumming, this cymbal is a chameleon of sound.
I have an 18″ Zildjian A Custom Fast Crash that I bought about 20 years ago. It has proven time and time again to deliver clean, consistent sound in the studio and on stage.
Zildjian A Custom Fast Crash in Jazz?
I play mostly dark Jazz sounding cymbals but there are times when I need a brighter color in my drumming. The Zildjian A Custom sound gives me that balance.
In fact, I often use my A Custom Crash when I perform with my Pearl Midtown compact drumset because it’s lightweight and mellow enough to blend with any music I play. This also includes Jazz.
Here’s a video of me performing with my cymbal. On this gig, the singer mixed Funk, Soul and Jazz music. This musically diverse kind of gig is ideal for my A Custom Crash. You can hear the cymbal in the right side of the mix.
At 01:32 in the video I swing on my Fast Crash like a Jazz ride cymbal. It has a clear defined sound despite being a crash cymbal. Because it is on the thinner side it’s also dynamic and doesn’t muddy the sound on stage.
This cymbal is undeniably versatile. So much musical tone and so useful. If there’s one crash cymbal to get, I believe the Zildjian A Custom Fast Crash is it!
Does size matter?
Well er…um…yes! The larger the cymbal the deeper the tone it can have. I’ve found that 18″ is a great diameter for a crash-ride cymbal. It gives a perfect blend of high frequencies from the bell to the middle of the cymbal and lower frequencies from the middle to edge.
Cymbal thickness is also important. A weight of 1200-1250gm/2.65-2.75lbs will give a solid ride sound and responsive crash sound. See the pic below for the thickness of my cymbal.
How to buy a Zildjian A Custom Fast Crash
Usually, I recommend drummers test the sound of cymbals before they buy them. This involves going to your local drum shop to hand pick your cymbals.
I have to say, though, the Zildjian A Custom Fast Crash sound is incredibly consistent. I was even surprised when one of my drum students ordered 2 of them from Amazon and they sounded beautiful.
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The tone of Zildjian A Custom cymbals is warm and clean. They have a full sound with a pleasant frequency range. I find that A Custom cymbals are generally easy on the ears.
The Fast Crash decays rather quickly. Its beautiful frequency range and quick decay help it blend well with other instruments and in any music mix.
As of this blog post, I can only speak for the benefits of the 18″ Fast Crash. If you’re looking for that legendary A Custom sound across your whole drum set, I might also recommend checking out the A Custom cymbal pack. It’s a super deal for a full set of versatile pro cymbals .
Great for compact drum sets
My A Custom Fast Crash is perfect for travel. As you could see in the videos above, I often use it with my Pearl Midtown compact drumset. If you’re looking for a great compact drumset, I recommend it highly. Here’s my blog post about this extraordinary drumset.
When I combine this crash cymbal with my 20″ Zildjian Kerope Ride Cymbal, I have all the dynamic and color range I need from just two cymbals. Now that’s compact!
A note about cymbal cleaning
One unexpected benefit of playing an A Custom cymbal is it stays clean for a long time. I have never cleaned my cymbal and it still has a great shine. In fact, I don’t recommend that you clean your A Custom or any cymbals.
Try caring for your cymbals by keeping them in a cymbal bag when not in use. When you do this, they won’t collect too much dust or soot from the air. They’ll then stay clean for much longer periods of time.
The reason I don’t clean my cymbals is that the cleaning agent is usually very toxic. A few years ago, I made the mistake of cleaning my cymbals with professional cymbal cleaner. It was so toxic, I could feel burning in my lungs while using it.
At the time, I was wearing a mask, eye protection, rubber gloves and cleaning my cymbals outside. Still, the fumes were noxious. If you do choose to clean your cymbals, please be very careful.
Fun to play!
The most important reason I recommend the 18″ A Custom Fast Crash is that it’s super fun to play! You get the great crash tone and that sweet ride sound all rolled into one.
Funk it up or swing it, any way you play it, the 18″ Zildjian A Custom Fast Crash is going to expand your drumming sound and creativity.
It records great and mixes well into any PA system. I projects without muddying the sound. A cymbal that’s lightweight and great for compact kits, you’ll find many ways to work it into your drum set up.
Thanks for reading about this great cymbal. Please enjoy your A Custom Fast Crash too my friend and keep swinging!
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