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Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal

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Applicable for any style of music, Zildjian's A Custom Ride Cymbal enables you to articulate stick sound with a balanced wash. Cutting bell tone. Bri...Click To Read More About This Product

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Designed in collaboration with Vinnie Colaiuta.

Applicable for any style of music, Zildjian's A Custom Ride Cymbal enables you to articulate stick sound with a balanced wash. Cutting bell tone. Brilliant finish. A Customs are made using radical rotary hammering techniques, thin weights, and a striking, brilliant finish for crisp, sweet, sophisticated sound.


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ZildjianA Custom Medium Ride Cymbal
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

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Great sounding and versatile

I've had a 21" and 22" in these A Custom Medium Rides now. In my opinion, you need to try these at least minimally somewhere (tapping in a store would...Read complete review

I've had a 21" and 22" in these A Custom Medium Rides now. In my opinion, you need to try these at least minimally somewhere (tapping in a store would even help). I think you need to know what sound you need for what you're playing so you can choose the right one for you. The 21" allows a player to find a clear, sharp bell with ease. The ride pitch is lower than the 20" but higher than the 22". For me the 22" is better because of the lower pitch and potential for greater volume if needed (for Jazz, Classic Rock & Blues-I'm an old guy, been playing a long time). It's not as easy to locate the clear, sharp bell-sound on the 22" but I don't need that often anyway and it is there once you find it. I used to think of A Customs as Rock cymbals but they are great all-round. When recorded, The 21" sounded almost just like a 20" K Custom Medium Ride I used to have except the K was barely darker. I used to play 60's Zildjians and I'll take these A Customs every time over that "much-desired vintage sound".

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Ok Cymbal

I got this ride with the A Custom cymbal pack. At first I thought it sounded great, probably because I was upgrading from ZBT's. After about a year and a half of playing...Read complete review

I got this ride with the A Custom cymbal pack. At first I thought it sounded great, probably because I was upgrading from ZBT's. After about a year and a half of playing with this ride, and hearing dozens of other ride cymbals, I decided that it just wasn't quite what I was looking for. I went to my local music store and tried some more expensive rides, and fell in love with the K Custom Dry Ride. Overall, though, this cymbal is good quality and sounds pretty nice.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding and versatile

By TBone98

from Mid-Atlantic US

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I've had a 21" and 22" in these A Custom Medium Rides now. In my opinion, you need to try these at least minimally somewhere (tapping in a store would even help). I think you need to know what sound you need for what you're playing so you can choose the right one for you. The 21" allows a player to find a clear, sharp bell with ease. The ride pitch is lower than the 20" but higher than the 22". For me the 22" is better because of the lower pitch and potential for greater volume if needed (for Jazz, Classic Rock & Blues-I'm an old guy, been playing a long time). It's not as easy to locate the clear, sharp bell-sound on the 22" but I don't need that often anyway and it is there once you find it. I used to think of A Customs as Rock cymbals but they are great all-round. When recorded, The 21" sounded almost just like a 20" K Custom Medium Ride I used to have except the K was barely darker. I used to play 60's Zildjians and I'll take these A Customs every time over that "much-desired vintage sound".

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Ok Cymbal

By PearlReference7101

from Kansas City, Missouri

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I got this ride with the A Custom cymbal pack. At first I thought it sounded great, probably because I was upgrading from ZBT's. After about a year and a half of playing with this ride, and hearing dozens of other ride cymbals, I decided that it just wasn't quite what I was looking for. I went to my local music store and tried some more expensive rides, and fell in love with the K Custom Dry Ride. Overall, though, this cymbal is good quality and sounds pretty nice.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing ride.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I searched all around for a versatile and all around great sounding ride for a long time, and this was the best one I found. I own a 20 inch, and it is one of the best sounding cymbals I've ever played. I play lots of styles, and this sounds great for all of them. It also has an awesome bell that is really cutting and clean. It's a little pricey, but I recommend it strongly.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great all-purpose ride

By TBone-u1-in

from NC

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I have both the 20" and 22". Both have just enough stick definition and wash to be excellent all-purpose rides. Short decay. Not as tinny-sounding as the A Series or as dark as the K. The 22" has a lower pitch but it's slightly greater wash and volume gets you heard where the higher pitch of the 20" accomplishes this. Either may be used for everything from jazz to classic rock. But you'll need more ping and volume for metal, etc. ... or, as so many seem to do nowadays, just thrash on a crash cymbal and call it playing ride.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good ride.

By Blake May

from Attica, IN

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I've had this cymbal for a few months. It sound great when crashing and it's pretty articulate to for like jazzy stuff. It's really loud too! The only thing that disappointed me was the bell on it. My zbt ride has a better bell but other than its great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great all around ride

By kennth monteiro

from Cape May Courthouse, NJ

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I own a 21" medium ride and have owned a 22" as well. The 21" has a nicer ping, clearer bell, and an amazing crash sound. The 22" has a great wash along with the ride sound, but doesn't sound as good as a crash, the bell is a little dead, and the volume can be a bit out of control. Altogether the 21" is one of my favorite rides, great for louder music and even good for some low volume music.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not a fan

By alinquist

from Waukesha, WI

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

This cymbal may work perfectly for you but it doesn't work for me. I got it as part of the A Custom Pack, which is still a good deal even though I don't like the ride. This cymbal is very high pitched and has long decay. For the first several weeks I kept trying it thinking, "I must be missing something", until I finally decided that I just don't like it. I've tried it with different kinds of sticks and with moongels and I couldn't find a setup I liked. In my opinion the Sabian AAX Stage Ride 20" fits much better with the A Custom Pack.

 
5.0

Great Cymbal! Well Worth the Money!

By U2nyd84

from Spokane, WA

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I got this cymbal (20") about 2 years ago and have loved it ever since. It has a great sound on the bell and everywhere else! I have even used it for crashes with great results. It excels at all types of music: punk, jazz, funk, rock, everything! It is a great cymbal and well worth the price. Of course, the size does make it a bit dangerous ... make sure you have that double braced boom or you could suffer a head wound... Great cymbal, highly recommended. A customs are THE best.

 
2.0

Not For Me

By The Truth-4XuAz

from Stalkerville

Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I have the 20" and it just sounds like crap. I didn't buy it separately though, it came with a cymbal pack. It's really just too loud and it's pitch is nothing good. It doesn't fit any style of music I play and definitely not a jazz one either. I don't like how it's so thick, and the bell (though it is loud) is very small and sometimes I miss it. I would not recommend this ride to anyone.

 
5.0

An awesome ride

By drummer-BEA4o

from WA

Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I got this ride like 4 months ago, and I'm really liking it. It's a very versatile cymbal, in that it has a lot of defined ping, but it's also got a certain amount of wash (which makes it great for crashing in loud/live situations). Just a word of warning for you though, if you are buying this because you heard it crashes very well, it does, but it is a very LOUD crash. Yes, it sounds good, but it is still a ride and it is going to be a really loud crash (which can be good often). I still recommend it, though.

 
5.0

Best choice possible

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

The Zildjian A custom medium ride is by far the best sounding ride cymbal on the market. Its overall tone quality is outstanding and is suited for all styles of music. It produces a great driving sound for those rock ballads and also sounds great with a pair of brushes for those jazz grooves. The bell is outstanding and ideal for latin playing or just a straight rock beat. I personally have played many rides of all brands and this one is my favorite.

 
5.0

The A Custom Medium Ride

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I use this ride as my left-side ride. I really like this ride. I have a Sweet Ride to but this guy sounds a lot different and really projects when you crash it. Great for rock and I like to crash it and get that cool sound.

 
5.0

None Better!!!

By OCdrummer4life

from Orem, UT

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

Once my band started actually going somewhere I decided that new cymbals were a necessity. I was originally playing on a 21" Avedis sweet ride, it was good but it just didn't have that certain "sound" that i was looking for in a ride. When I purchased my 21" A Custom Medium Ride, I was in love. It has the clearest definition on the bell and when i crash down on it...whoo...it just blows me away. Trust a touring musician, if you are looking for a ride choose this one...it can't be beat.

 
5.0

awsome

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

it is a great sounding ride had a very nice ding the only problem is it had long decay, but that can be very easly fixed and still have it sound great just put a moongel on the bottom on the bell. I would recommed this to anyone.(but i dont know much cause this is my first ride)i got the 20 inch

 
5.0

Awesome Ride.. Handsdown, Im sticking with it!

By DrumKitt87

from Carrollton, GA

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I actually ended up swapping out a 20" A Custom Ride for the 20" A Custom Medium Ride. Although they are both medium weight, the A Custom Ride has a sound and feel that sounds like a jazz ride, almost like a 20" crash used as a ride. It didn't suit my music style at all. I got the A Custom Medium Ride two days later and it is incredible. It has the best feel of any ride I've ever played. It sounds great! Perfect ride sound with less obtrusive undertones. Great ride for the money, plus it should be the last one you ever have to buy. A Customs have always been durable for me.

 
5.0

GREAT CYMBAL!!!!!!!

By Bandman12

from Elkins WV

Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I bought this cymbol 4 months ago, and I love it. It has a great bell that i love to play on. It sticks out above everything else. The only things bad is that it is a little pricey (but is worth it) and it gets finger prints easily.

 
5.0

EXCELLENT RIDE

By Classic K

from Chicago

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

This is by far the best sounding ride cymbal I have heard. The bell has a great ping and sounds crisp but at the same time dark. I love the warm tone and little overtone to it. Excellent cymbal all around.

 
5.0

Zildjian A Customs

By WattyBoy

from Markham, Ontario, Canada

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I got the 21" A Custom about 2 weeks ago. It's absolutely awesome. I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll band it's great to play light and heavy, I often use it like a crash and wail on it for heavy parts & it sounds so awesome, not too heavy but not too soft... just perfect. The bell has a really nice sound, too... All around goodness.. #1 !

 
5.0

Great tonal projection

By miccahk

from San Diego, CA

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Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

Overall has a very warm, melodic tonal quality with a mellow transient attack. Perfect for blues, rock, or country music.

 
5.0

AWSOME RIDE!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Zildjian A Custom Medium Ride Cymbal:

I bought the 20 inch medium ride back in august, and its been great. It has a great sounding bell, and is a good ride to solo on. I highly recomend buying this ride if you play any kind of rock music. GREAT CYMBAL

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