Picking a Zildjian Ride Cymbal with Paul Francis- The Mix

Zildjian Sweet Ride

Selecting the best  Zildjian Ride

The Ride Cymbal is one of the most crucial parts of a drum set. It may perhaps be the most “musical” of the cymbals.  A good Ride Cymbal will create a sweet sustain with a percussive attack that is excellent for driving the beat forward. Ride cymbals also provide a wide variety of tones when played from the upper bell to the outer edge.  Tapping the bell gives a chime like tone, while riding the center of the cymbal yields an articulate sound, and hitting the edge gives a crash that is excellent for accents.



Zildjian Sweet Ride Cymbal

A – Sweet Ride Cymbal


The 21-inch Zildjian A Sweet Ride is the most popular ride that Zildjian sells.  It could be considered a “Desert Island” ride cymbal.  The large bell coupled with the medium thin weight gives strong stick articulation, and makes for a great crash/ride combination.  When picking a ride cymbal, it’s important to look for solid stick articulation and good crash-ability.  With a medium thin Sweet Ride, you should be able to get a great ride sound, as well as a nice crash.



K Custom Dark ride Cymbal

K – Custom Dark Ride Cymbal

If you are looking for a more aggressive, funkier tone, you may want to consider a 22-inch K Custom Dark Ride.  With a completely different range of sounds than the A series Sweet Rides, this cymbal provides excellent stick definition with a dry, full-bodied stick sound. Dark, warm undertones reside underneath, and the crash sound has a more “trashy” quality.


K – Constantinople Ride Cymbal

Zildjian K Constantinople ride cymbal


With more voice than the Sweet Ride, and a lighter, less aggressive tone than the K Custom Dark. The K Constantinople Medium Thin High ride cymbals have a unique sound that sets them apart.  These cymbals are made in small batches an utilize a 14-step process to ensure every K Constantinople has its own signature voice.







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