Like the drum companies, the big name cymbal companies recognize the need to attract new players to their brands and so they offer boxed starter sets of their budget lines. A set will usually comprise a 16” crash, 20” ride and pair of 14” hi-hats. Dealers will be keen to put drum and cymbal packages together and usually offer two or three basic options. If you’ve suffered with unbranded starter cymbals up till now then these sets will be a great step forward. Budget cymbals lack some of the body and shimmering sustain of a professional set, but they’re still a big improvement. Popular choices include Sabian Solar, BB, pro and Sonix, Zildjian ZBT and ZXT, Paiste 101, 302-Plus, 402-Plus and 502-Plus and Meinl MCS and Classics. Dealers will entice you with offers to throw in a cymbal bag or stick bag, a towel with a logo, or whatever.