Sound Character: Fairly dark, full, focused. Narrow range, clean mix. Even, balanced feel. Multi-purpose cymbal with fast, powerful crash and soft, mellow ride qualities.
There is no 'standard' setup of cymbals, as such. You play with whtevaer you think will help your sound I pers and china (trashy and odd-looking).There is no "best brand", either. Go to your local drum store, try some out and decide which you think sounds best.Check out other brands too, like Istanbul, Bosphorus and Turkish.EDIT: How could I forget Meinl and UFIP? The shame. Kudos to Methor & Heather for noting them, but I'm a lowly level 1 and can't thumbsup any, very loud and perfect for rock.My drum teacher was a fan of UFIP. Very nice cymbals indeed, but rather on the expensive side for me and difficult to find sec lack of popularity, and (b) they sound GREAT so people don't often part with them! It'd be worth finding a store that stocks these just to try them if you have a decent budget.Also, don't be afraid to buy sec.Currently I use Zildjian (13" K hats, 16" A crash, 20" K ride) and Turkish (22" Classic ride), all bought used. The hats and rides are dark, menacing and enveloping, while the crash (VERY used) is fairly thin and cuts through nicely when needed.This setup is exactly what I like to play with and works well for me (not to mention sounds great with a 70's wood/fiberglass kit, but that's just bragging), while others prefer quite different setups (as seen in other answers).Of course, cymbals tend to be expensive, which is another reason to buy from eBay, drum magazines or local stores.References : Experience