Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Cymbal (Gk. kumbe, hollow vessel) in the usual sense signifies a concave plate of bronze or brass, or other composition of metals, which, being struck against a similar plate, produces a clashing sound more useful as marking rhythm than as pleasing to a cultivated ear, though it must be allowed that there is something rousing and exciting in the barbaric sound. The word is equally applicable to the tiny metal Castanet, and to the large orchestral cymbal which is generally an appendage of the big drum. There is also an organ stop called the cymbal.