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Abbreviation Cym
German (de) Becken
English (en) cymbals
Spanish (es) platillos
French (fr) Cymbale
Hungarian (hu) cintányer
Italian (it) piatto
Dutch (nl) bekken
Portuguese (pt) Prato
Definition/synonyms A cymbal is a common percussion instrument. Often used in pairs, cymbals consist of thin, normally round plates of various alloys. The majority of cymbals are of indefinite pitch, although small disc-shaped cymbals based on ancient designs sound a definite note (see: crotales). Cymbals are used in many ensembles ranging from the orchestra, percussion ensembles, jazz bands, heavy metal bands, and marching groups. Drum kits usually incorporate at least a crash, ride, or crash/ride, and a pair of hi-hat cymbals. A player of cymbals is known as a cymbalist.
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