Drummers: Ride cymbal survey...

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Drummers: Ride cymbal survey...

Postby girlthatdrums » June 26th, 2007, 11:00am

Out of curiosity...

What is your main ride cymbal?
What style of music does it get used for?
How much did you pay for it?
How long have you had it?
If you could change one thing about it, it would be....

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Postby girlthatdrums » June 26th, 2007, 11:17am

K, I'll go first...

My ONLY ride cymbal is a 20" Zildjian K Custom Dark
Since it's my only ride, it gets used on anything from metal, to rock, to jazz
I think $200? I bought it used off this forum.
I've had it almost three years
My only complaint about it is it's a little too washy sometimes with wood tips, which is all I use.

I'm looking for an Istanbul ride that's a little more jazzy sounding with better definition for wood tips, but I'll likely hang onto this one too.

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Postby mcleachy » June 26th, 2007, 11:27am

i use a sabian 21" dry ride. got from paul / bdo. also i bought for $200 plus a zildjian
22" metal ride, which i bought for the pinginess. the sabian dry ride is the main one, because the metal ride at times just has no warmth to it. to really bring out the pinginess
almost like an earth ride (do they still make em?) i use a clothespin to deaden further.
i have yet to find a paiste ride that i like.

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Postby dugdrummer » June 26th, 2007, 11:50am

i "had" a 21 paiste signature series power ride that should have never gottten rid of..got it from my buddy craig for $90 deal 'o the century!!!

right now i have a 21 sabian aax studio..that i hate...but it was what i could afford at the time...

if i had a choice...i'd get the k liz has!!

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Postby zeppelined » June 26th, 2007, 11:54am

My ride is so old that all the labels have long since worn off. No idea who made it. It's thick and gives a nice clear ping without too much wash. The one I'm actually using for Transonics recording is whatever Bruce has with his Slingerland kit in our studio/practice space. It's ok, thinner and brighter, but too washy for me. Again, no idea on cost/manufacturer.

I'm not much of a gear whore. :-) I pretty much play whatever is put in front of me.
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Postby JTiny36 » June 26th, 2007, 1:50pm

I have a Paiste PST5 20" medium ride.
It is my only ride so it gets used for whatever I'm playing
I bought it new along with a new Paiste Innovations series 16" thin crash for $145 at the GC in South Bend, IN.
I have had it for about 4 months.
I'm actually pretty pleased with it. I haven't recorded with it yet, so I can't comment on that, but it works for me live, and in practice.
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Postby craiggers » June 26th, 2007, 1:52pm

I have a Paiste 400 series 20" power ride. By all means, this is a cheap POS. It was probably $80 new if that.

I use it for whatever I play, it's the only ride i've ever had.

It came along with a kent set I payed $200 for with hardware, 2 crashes, ride, and 2 sets of hi hats. Garbagetruck now has the kit - the two crashes long since cracked and broke (one hangs in Puma Thomas cabin after we shot it with a .22). I still use the kent snare as my main snare, though the snare mechanism broke during the last Dai Atlas practice.

I've had it for as long as i've played drums... maybe 6 or 7 years?

What would I change about it? Nothing, I love it so.

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Postby Lepricoin » June 26th, 2007, 5:54pm

22" Paragon Ride....it's heavy...me like.

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Postby Taz » June 26th, 2007, 6:57pm

22" Sabian Rock Ride that I've had since I started playing. 1986.

Great bell, nice ping.

Rock/Metal/Easy Listening

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Postby bigbryang » June 26th, 2007, 8:01pm

18inch crash/ride Sabian, good sound, great responce, not to bad of a price either, lookin into getting a china to round out my collection, I LOVE CYMBALS !!!!!!! sorry i got a little off topic, carry on.

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Postby methodone » June 26th, 2007, 9:48pm

Zildjian 20" A Custom. Sounds pretty good for my style.. loud rock

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Postby jmichael » June 26th, 2007, 10:39pm

20" Zildjian flat-top ride. Paid $80 for it used at BDO years ago. Currently using it for acoustic rock gigs.

Main drawback obviously is no bell, but it does have a great ping to it.

Next purchase is likely to be a Sabian rock ride of some sorts. Gotta get out and try some out.
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Postby tamadrumboy » June 26th, 2007, 11:37pm

Zildjian 20" A Ping Ride
I have used it with 6 different bands over the last 5 years for everything from metal to pop.
It cost me $175
I purchased it used 5 years ago.
I wouldn't change a thing about it...It is perfect for my style.

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Paiste 20" Signature Series Dark Metal Ride

Postby swammiramma » July 11th, 2007, 9:13pm

I have a 20" Paiste, Signature Series, Dark Metal Ride ($339.00). 6 months. Works for everything. Also I use a 13" Signature Series, Paiste Mega Cup Chime ($152.00) same time frame. A loud, very specific ride and bell playing functions. Also suited for strong color accents and various percussion effects.

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Postby masonni » July 13th, 2007, 8:46pm

Most of the time I use an Alchemy (Istanbul Agop) 22" Raw Ride. Brilliant finish. It's super heavy and un-lethed. Real nice ping, little to no wash and loud! Only bad thing is the bell. The bell sounds just like the rest of the cymbal, even when you crack it with the side of a stick. So I got a 9" Alchemy Raw Bell (like a Zil-Bel) and flipped it upsidown on top of the ride. Much better now!

My 2nd ride is a 20" Istanbul Agop Turk Ride. Unlethed liked the Raw ride, but much thinner and darker. More wash and a little trashy sounding, and it's all black and burned looking. Amazing in the studio!

Then I have the ride I have had for over 10 years. 20" Zildjian K Pre-Aged Dry Light Ride. Nice ping off the stick, good wash, perfect for just about anything. Hell I even used it in a metal band. And it has the best bell out of any ride I have played!

I don't remember how much I paid for any of these, I would have to look at old invoices, but I know the Alchemy goes for around $345. in stores,
the Turk $265 and the K is $244.

The one ride I have always wanted is a Zildjian Z custom Mega-Bell ride... maybe someday.

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