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Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal 

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The Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal projects a clean, warm sound with a defined ping and nice bell. Good for all playing situations.


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MeinlHCS Ride Cymbal
 
4.5

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright sound (6)
  • Responsive feel (6)
  • Full crash (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

STUNNED.

Amazing cymbal, increibly pleased with it. It looks amazing, sounds amazing, and cannot be beaten for the price. My favorite ride cymbal, among zildjian's and sabians alike. (Paistes are a close...Read complete review

Amazing cymbal, increibly pleased with it. It looks amazing, sounds amazing, and cannot be beaten for the price. My favorite ride cymbal, among zildjian's and sabians alike. (Paistes are a close 2nd)
I HIGHLY reccomend this ride!
It's beautiful! Just a great looking cymbal!
It sounds fantastic! I was skeptical at the price, despite all of the posititve reviews, but this thing showed me up. It sounds amazing, with a great ping, the bell is fantastic, and it has a deep, long sustaining crash that I love and use often. Amazing cymbal!
You can't get a better ride at this price, or for even 100 dollars more! This kicks Zildjian's ZBT line's butt.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent Cymbal

I bought the Tama Imperialstar which comes with the Meinl HCS 14 hats, 16 crash, and 20 ride. They're great, but I noticed that the bell had a dent in it. I...Read complete review

I bought the Tama Imperialstar which comes with the Meinl HCS 14 hats, 16 crash, and 20 ride. They're great, but I noticed that the bell had a dent in it. I don't even play it that much; just sometimes hit it when I get bored practicing. It's probably better used as a crash. It serves the purpose well, though, and I don't think I'll be replacing it soon.

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2.0

I would not buy again

By Guitarist turned Drummer

from Currituck, NC

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Pros

  • Full Crash

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Not Responsive

Best Uses

    Comments about Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal:

    It is better as a crash/ ride. Does not have the volume to use as a straight ride. The bell is worthless. You really have to wale on it for it to be useful. I see it having a short lifespan.

     
    5.0

    A fantastic started cymbal!

    By Nick

    from Ohio

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    Pros

    • Bright Sound
    • Full Crash

    Cons

    • Low dynamic range

    Best Uses

    • Beginner Learning
    • Practicing
    • Some intermediate playing/gigging

    Comments about Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal:

    This ride was part of my first real cymbal set ever. My Yamaha YD drum set came with some factory Yamaha cymbals that did the trick for a while, but I upgraded to these early on in my playing. I've owned them for about two years now, and they are holding up better than ever.

    These cymbals sound great for their price. They have a classic sound to them and they will suit the needs of anyone looking to get a set of cymbals that will work for the first years of their playing.

    About this ride specifically: It is a heavier ride. It is thick and the sound won't start blooming on it until you really start going at it. The sound fits the needs of any playing just beginning. It is bright and sounds pretty good.

    The sound quality of these cymbals is more than adequate for live performances and practicing. They don't have a lot of dynamic contrast though. You won't be crashing quietly and playing with jazz trios with these cymbals. This is nothing that should impede upon the growth of a starting drummer though. I've played other cymbals that are on the higher end of the spectrum, and these don't come close to the sound quality of those cymbals, but they still sound pretty dang good. You can't beat the price!

     
    4.0

    Yes

    By Marty

    from Boilingsprings, SC

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    Pros

    • Bright Sound
    • Responsive Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Small Venues

      Comments about Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal:

      I use this ride for my practice kit. For the money. It sounds great

       
      5.0

      Great Cymbal for the Price

      By Benneth01

      from Tallahassee, FL

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      Pros

      • Bright Sound
      • Explosive Attack
      • Focused Crash
      • Full Crash
      • Responsive Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks
        • Symphonies

        Comments about Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal:

        Solid, comfortable, and easy to work cymbal; highly recommended for all levels of play and playing venues. Priced right!

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        H C S 20" ride cymbal

        By Lawrence

        from undisclosed

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        Pros

        • Bright Sound
        • Explosive Attack
        • Nice Tone
        • Responsive Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Good For All Venues
          • Jazz Clubs
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks
          • Symphonies

          Comments about Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal:

          I like this cymbal better than my higher price cymbals

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Surprisingly nice cymbal

          By percusioncinc76

          from Salem, Oregon

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          Pros

          • Bright Sound
          • Nice Ride For The Price

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anytime

            Comments about Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal:

            Im going to purchase more Meinl cymbals in the future

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good sounding Ride

            By Lloyd

            from Carmel, IN

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            Pros

            • Full Tone
            • Good sustain
            • Responsive Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Any And All

              Comments about Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal:

              This cymbal has a good full tone when ridden at the rim, and working your way into the bell truly brighter tone without getting brassy. Absolutely worth the money.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Bright and Poppy

              By truthofmasks

              from New York, NY

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              Pros

              • Bright Sound
              • Responsive Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal:

                  I've been using this cymbal (20") for about three years now, so I'm very comfortable with the ins and outs of it.

                  It has a very poppy sound, and a rather quiet decay, so that your playing on it will sound rather like a series of pings. Some people like their rides to sound this way, and others prefer more of a swelling sound -- I tend to fall into the latter group, which is why I don't quite LOVE this cymbal, but it does have its strengths.

                  It cuts through the mix in exactly the right way; its bell has a great sound, if not very resonant; and it is very responsive. You can crash on it very nicely, it handles mallets beautifully, and it sounds much more expensive than it actually is.

                   
                  3.0

                  Decent Cymbal

                  By TKDdragon7

                  from undisclosed

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                  Comments about Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal:

                  I bought the Tama Imperialstar which comes with the Meinl HCS 14 hats, 16 crash, and 20 ride. They're great, but I noticed that the bell had a dent in it. I don't even play it that much; just sometimes hit it when I get bored practicing. It's probably better used as a crash. It serves the purpose well, though, and I don't think I'll be replacing it soon.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice Thrasher!

                  By Mushroomheadedme XII

                  from NC

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                  Pros

                  • Nice Crash
                  • Responsive Feel

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Crashriding
                  • Metal

                  Comments about Meinl HCS Ride Cymbal:

                  Awesome cymbal! I reccommend to all! Its perfect for laying down some thrash metal! HCS is oficially my go to for crashes and rides. Oh, get wuhans, they compliment the HCS series VERY nicely.

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