This is a special cymbal for me and I have had it a long time. I bought it and a snare drum for $10 at a yard sale. The cymbal was one of my first experiments. The cymbal is 10" and is made of very thin sheet brass which I drilled and added a bunch of rivets. It sounds pretty weird but in the right spots, is perfect.
This recording is the cymbal by itself. It's so light that it works well on a hi hat clutch. The rivets are heavy enough that it doesn't make sound when you play the pedal.
This is the cymbal mixed into a groove.
The Crasher is a pair of Royce cymbals that I found. They are thin and have warped edges. These edges allow them to sit on top of each other without getting stuck together and thus make a cool sound.
Here is what both cymbals sound like. Apart, they sound terrible but I dig the sound they make together. I have tried to adjust the tension, i.e. making the cymbals clamp tighter together, but it doesn't work. Only having the cymbals lay on top of one another in a loose fashion works.
Toy Hand Cymbals
This is a pair of mini hand cymbals that would come with a kid's instrument set. They sound terrible when crashed together.
However, they work wonders for snare drum sounds. This is an older studio trick where you can change the sound of the snare by adding a splash cymbal. It gives the drum a snappier sound, especially when heard through good microphones. I like using these cymbals for this so I don't mess up my good splash cymbals and because these cymbals have a little handle attached, it makes it easier to get them off the drum when I'm finished.
Sorry about the poor camera work here. I wanted you to hear what the snare sounded like with a groove. The camera is sitting on my floor tom, which I am not hitting, and wouldn't stay still. I thought it looked cool so I decided to keep the video. The playing is so-so.
If you have the opportunity to find some cheap toy cymbals, grab them. You never know what kind of fun you could have with them.