The Turkish suspended cymbal is used chiefly to add a particular timbre to the overall sound of the orchestra or to provide accents. The instrument’s sound is very conspicuous and should therefore be used with care.
Turkish cymbal + other percussion instruments
A good blend of percussion instruments is achieved especially by those with a bright and penetrating sound such as the triangle, tambourine, bells, jingle bells and castanets.
The combination with the bass drum and other lower percussion instruments (timpani, tom-tom etc.) produces a different, very particular and effective composite timbre.
Turkish cymbal + brass instruments
Trumpets and trombones combine especially well with the cymbal and the timbre becomes more penetrating.
The Chinese suspended cymbal is always distinctly audible. Because its exotic timbre is only rarely used in the orchestra it is often felt to be outlandish. For this reason it should always be used with great care.
Chinese suspended cymbal + other percussion instruments
The Chinese suspended cymbal achieves its best blend with the tom-tom, but combinations with other percussion instruments such as the bass drum, side drum, Turkish suspended cymbal and gongs are also possible.