SABIAN 18” HHX Suspended Cymbals are hammered from pure SABIAN B20 bronze. They are a popular choice with professional and collegiate ensembles, as well as discriminating high schools. The unique design and large-peen hammering of HHX Suspended Cymbals allows them to deliver quick response with dark, rich shimmer − while offering enhanced projection. SABIAN 18" HHX Suspended Cymbals are ideal as a general-use suspended cymbal as they sound great at all dynamic levels. They can be played at relatively loud volume levels while remaining sensitive enough at softer dynamic level, and they’re ideal when dark sound and shimmering sustain is desired. As a series, HHX Suspended Cymbals produce a dark sound that blossoms very soon after theyre played. Only the Artisan series has a similar response time. The main difference between a suspended cymbal and a crash cymbal is the longer sustain in a suspended cymbal. Therefore, 15" through 18" suspended cymbals are an economical choice because they have the versatility for use as crash cymbals.