Show us that one cymbal you just couldn’t live without

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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Wow, so many rides. There must be something wrong with me. I really like my ride and have never felt the urge to get a second one. But I've never felt passionate about it for some reason.

MY FAVORITE CYMBAL IS what I call my accent cymbal, a 1958 14inch A. Zildjian paper thin crash weighing in at 660g. I have cymbals that were way more expensive and would make other drummers salivate BUT this one just always seems to be there come game day while I'll mix and match all the other ones.

The closest thing on the market like it is probably a Zildjian K 14in. fast crash. Mine doesn't decay quite that fast and the tone is just a bit darker and I'm sure it was made for period jazz players. Bottom line is that I can constantly change all the cymbals around it but this one just always seems to fit in.

Pete

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that is making me drool....
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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I wish I could send you an Amazon link so you could get one. But that’s the downside of Vintage cymbals, the really good ones can be super hard to find.
that would be cool!! I already have a set of 1948 Zildjians, and the 55's that were my dads, so I hear ya about the rarity, and being lucky to have one!
 

GetAgrippa

Platinum Member
I'm disappointed no Spizzichino cymbals-now he's passed they will be even more collectible. I've got three or four and I was thinking of selling them. ROFL NOT!!!!!!! I'd like to just see one in person and hear it in person. See what all the hoopla is about. But dang after I'd spent 2,500 dollars or more for a cymbal I don't think I could play it and it would just hang on a wall-which seems a sin.
 

8Mile

Platinum Member
Zildjian K Custom Dry Complex Ride II 22".

I stumbled across this just browsing the cymbal section at a local music store. These are no longer in production and they tend to be sought-after, so I assumed it was used. Turns out, it was brand new and sitting there for years. I immediately snatched it up. It has (at least temporarily) replaced my K Constantinople Medium Ride as my primary ride cymbal for small-group acoustic music. It has no bell sound to speak of, but it seems like you can get a myriad of different sounds out of it just by slightly varying where you strike the bow. Complex, indeed.

 

petrez

Senior Member
Can't say much else than my beloved 22" Paiste 2002 Rock Bell Ride. Only in production for a few years in the mid 2000's (when they incorporated the Dimension Power cymbals into the 2002 line). It's the oldest cymbal I have on my kit at the moment. Many drummers offered me a high price for that ride, but I don't want to sell it, ever I think. Close to unwashable though, just pure ping and an awesome piercing bell.

Runner-ups would be my 15" 2002 Sound Edge Hats and 18" Rude Thin Crash.

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Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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Can't say much else than my beloved 22" Paiste 2002 Rock Bell Ride. Only in production for a few years in the mid 2000's (when they incorporated the Dimension Power cymbals into the 2002 line). It's the oldest cymbal I have on my kit at the moment. Many drummers offered me a high price for that ride, but I don't want to sell it, ever I think. Close to unwashable though, just pure ping and an awesome piercing bell.

Runner-ups would be my 15" 2002 Sound Edge Hats and 18" Rude Thin Crash.

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Nice looking set up!!!

I gotta get some Rudes...having been raised on early 80's metal, I can't believe I have never owned one.
 

RickP

Gold Member
I use a lot of different cymbals and have owned dozens and dozens and I really don’t have one go to cymbal as one cymbal doesn’t cover all the applications I need them for .
Closest I have to a go to cymbal is a 20” Paiste 602 Medium ride . It is IMHO the nicest crashable true ride cymbal made today .it has the perfect Paiste shimmer , a very pretty stick sound and it crashes beautifully .
 
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drumnut87

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amedia cymbals 20" thrace series regular ride. sounds perfect for me and has everything i want in a cymbal :)
 

paradiddle pete

Platinum Member
Istanbul Agop Matt Chamberlain Signature 23" Ride.
It has the sound I've been chasing in my head for a ride cymbal for five decades. This is more then just the brand/model/size. I was looking at a number of Matt Chamberlain 23" Rides for several years but was never quite content with their sound until I located this exact cymbal on a video demo featuring four MC Signature Rides. I thought this one might be it. I set up an appointment with Memphis Drum Shop to audition it. It literally exceeded my expectations. It was like finding the Holy Grail I've been searching for all these years. Snagged it!View attachment 90053
Not to hijack the thread, thought you may like this piece of trivia, This bass drum was Matt Chamberlains I believe and could be the first 26" Johnny built....
 

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Juniper

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My 21" Sabian HH Vanguard.

A lovely cymbal, lovely wash to it and a great, woody stick definition. Great as a crash too. Very light and quite thin but feels a lot heavier under the stick.

The perfect all round ride, for me.
 

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Juniper

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Hooray, another opportunity to recommend the fantastic Cymbal & Gong Holy Grail cymbals: http://www.cymbalistic.com/

As soon as I got the first one, my previous favorites (K Con and Istanbul Mehmet) were out the door. If you're looking for a great sounding cymbal for Jazz or similar styles, I can't recommend them enough!

Cymbal and Gong are great, I played a selection at a drum show and was blown away. Lovely cymbals.

Congrats
 

JeffCrouse

Member
For me, it's my flat ride. It's the only cymbal that I feel some connection to, will never sell it, and have found the most uses for in the music I play. It a Zildjian K Constantinope 20" flat ride.
 

8Mile

Platinum Member
For me, it's my flat ride. It's the only cymbal that I feel some connection to, will never sell it, and have found the most uses for in the music I play. It a Zildjian K Constantinope 20" flat ride.
I've been talking about buying a flat ride since I first heard Now He Sings, Now He Sobs about 25 years ago. What the heck am I waiting for? Your cymbal sounds great.
 
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opentune

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21 inch Sabian HH Vintage ride, I removed the labels with acetone. Crashes nicely, meaty bell, and a widest variety of 'ride' sounds I;ve foudn in a ride, depending where you play it on the bow, from dark shimmer to very bright.
 

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JeffCrouse

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I've been talking about buying a flat ride since I first heard Now He Sings, Now He Sobs about 25 years ago. What the heck am I waiting for? Your cymbal sounds great.
Thanks! They are great for low volume situations. Lots of stick definition and not too much wash. Roy Haynes is making his cymbals sing on that recording!
 
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