The China-type cymbal is manufactured by several names, including Sabian, Paiste and Zildjian. The cymbal is unusual in shape. The edges of the cymbal flare up instead of continuing down.

Flare          Bell             Flare
 \         __--------__         /
  '-------              -------'

  Cross-section of a China-type cymbal

The cymbal is generally described as having a "trashy" sound. I compare it to cheap pot lids with sustain. The sound is very cutting, and this cymbal is used sparingly and as an accent piece. Sizes normally run from about 16 to 24 inches.

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