The cymbal family consists of the pair (cymbals a-due), the suspended cymbal and the hi-hat. The pair of cymbals and the hi-hat are sounded by striking one plate against the other, while the suspended cymbal is struck with sticks or (felt) mallets. Cymbals are available in different sizes with diameters of 16“ to 22“, and take on various forms and sound characteristics, such as ride cymbals, crash cymbals, splash cymbals, China cymbals or sizzle cymbals. Their distinctive, piercing sound is easily heard over a full fortissimo-playing orchestra. For this reason cymbals are used very economically for punctuating highlights or accents in the music.