For solo practice and in a rock band rehearsal setting (assuming everyone isn't blasting) it is plenty loud. For live performance I personally find it to fall just a bit short volume wise, however every person I've shared the stage with and friends 'in the know' in the crowd have always commented on it sounding great. It records like a dream. The bell is small but has a pleasing bark to it when given a good whip. Overall I really enjoy it, I've been playing one cymbal (besides hats) set up for many years and it's by far my favorite to fill that spot. I don't think it would replace a k custom dry if you already have one but if you need a smaller alternative and/or a very complimentary cymbal for a larger set up it would be perfect.I've been looking at the Uptown. Glad to hear that you like it. My only qualm is whether it's loud enough for classic rock.. I had a 20" Custom dry and love it's sound but couldn't get enough volume and the Uptown sounds and feels the same as the custom dry except 18 instead of 20"....????