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Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal

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The A Series Zildjian is the world's most popular and versatile cymbal. Created from cast bronze alloy of 80% copper, 20% tin, and traces of silver, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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All-purpose ride with medium overtones.

The A Series Zildjian is the world's most popular and versatile cymbal. Created from cast bronze alloy of 80% copper, 20% tin, and traces of silver, it is symmetrically machine hammered and lathed with a traditional wide groove. The result is an exuberant cymbal that bursts with a classic voice that is pure, bright, and expressive.

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Sizes & Purpose
Quantity: 1
Type: Ride
Sizes (in): Multiple
Construction
Material: Cast Alloy
Hammering: Machine
Lathing: Full
Cymbal Weight: Medium Thin
Bell: Standard
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Finish: Brilliant
Country of Origin: United States
Added Value: No

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ZildjianA Series Sweet Ride Cymbal
 
4.8

(based on 41 reviews)

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    (33)

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    (6)

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    (2)

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When you can bring only one.....

This is clearly one of the best multi purpose cymbals ever produced. This is the cymbal to bring with you to all gigs. It has a defined glassy ping and the wash never...Read complete review

This is clearly one of the best multi purpose cymbals ever produced. This is the cymbal to bring with you to all gigs. It has a defined glassy ping and the wash never overpowers. The bell is controllable and can be loud or soft depending on how you strike it. This cymbal can be played in any musical situation. It's the most versatile cymbal I have ever used. It's a ride, a crash and a crash ride that you can always control and that's the point of this cymbal. You can make it sound any way you want it to. There are not many cymbals that respond to your touch the way this one does. It is truly a masterful instrument. I hope this helps.

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Good for crashing

This ride is great for crashing on and sounds great when you crash on it and the ride sound is OKAY. The bell of this ride is the absolute worst bell sound i have...Read complete review

This ride is great for crashing on and sounds great when you crash on it and the ride sound is OKAY. The bell of this ride is the absolute worst bell sound i have ever heard. so if you're like me and like to use the bell of the ride, then you should NOT buy this cymbal. what i would suggest is getting a nice pingy rid with a nice ride then get an 18" or 20" crash to ride on.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

When you can bring only one.....

By Vinnie Stix

from Philly

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Genres

      Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

      This is clearly one of the best multi purpose cymbals ever produced. This is the cymbal to bring with you to all gigs. It has a defined glassy ping and the wash never overpowers. The bell is controllable and can be loud or soft depending on how you strike it. This cymbal can be played in any musical situation. It's the most versatile cymbal I have ever used. It's a ride, a crash and a crash ride that you can always control and that's the point of this cymbal. You can make it sound any way you want it to. There are not many cymbals that respond to your touch the way this one does. It is truly a masterful instrument. I hope this helps.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Crash/Ride on the Market

      By VZ

      from Neptune Beach, Florida

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      Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

      I actually have 3 of these I use for live shows. 2 Brilliant Sweet Rides as my 2 Crash cymbals and 1 Traditional Sweet Ride as my main Ride/Crash. This will be the best cymbal you ever buy. Paiste, Meinl and Sabian don't compare to this cymbal. Accompany this cymbal with some Zildjian K's and you will have the best sounding cymbals EVER made. Zildjian has done it again.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great ride

      By JoeyT

      from Charlottesville, VA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jazz

          Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

          this is a fantastic ride. i bought one used for half the price. i use it primarily in a jazz setting, and it fits perfectly. The 21" A sweet ride has great wash and very musical overtones. I would not reccommend this to a metal player, as the stick definition isn't as great. This is the first B20 ride i've owned and I couldn't be more pleased with it. played several others, but this is top of my list.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sweet Ride Is A Must

          By Brenton Underwood

          from VA

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          Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

          Greatest dynamic from a ride cymbal I have ever known. Great ride sound, just the right amount of wash. Best crash I could hope for. Bell isn't cutting, but that's not what this cymbal is going for.
          Again...best everydown ride cymbal i've ever owned. Also the best crash I've ever owned. I've had two at various times and neither has broke yet.
          Paying for good cymbals sucks, but you have to do it if you want quality. If you're going to shell out factory prices for cymbals, this should be on the top of the list, maybe followed by mastersound hi-hats. Can't go wrong with this cymbal no matter what.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Can be used as a crash!

          By xPhillipians4:13x

          from Utah.

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          Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

          I think the 21 Sweet Ride is better used as a crash. I think it has too much wash as a primary ride. I have this set up with a 24 K light ride and a 19 K Hybrid crash and I think Ive found the perfect combo. If you want a huge, full sounding crash look no further.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Vary from cymbal to cymbal

          By Zildjian52886

          from Rochester, NY

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          Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

          I heard this cymbal online and fell in love with it. I bought one and it sounded a lot different than the one I heard. After doing some research I found that the production varies greatly from cymbal to cymbal. Make sure you try it out in person. Mine has an edge that is on the thick side and doesn't crash as well as I would like. The bell isn't as cutting as I would imagine either, but it is versatile.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My Prefered Ride

          By Dave G.

          from Detroit, MI

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          Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

          Overall, this is THE BEST ride I've ever owned or played. Period. I enjoy the washy sound of the Sweet Ride that accompanies the stick definition. This cymbal fits in perfectly (to my ear) with Avedis Zildjian medium thin crashes and Avedis Zildjian New Beat hi hats.
          Beautiful in the traditional finish, this ride is relatively thin, very responsive, and washy. There is definite stick definition far from the bell, although it blends into the wash of the cymbal. As you move closer to the bell, the definition increases and the wash decreases. The best I could describe this cymbal would be somewhat of a deep crash ride. However, I use mine strictly as a ride, not a crash ride, due to the thin-ness of it. Overall, my all-time prefered ride.
          I've always been drawn to traditional-finished Avedis series cymbals due to their sound characteristics and warm appearance. Besides that, Zildjian is always at the top of the quality mark for nearly every product they put out there. This cymbals is no exception.
          Great value because with proper care and play, this cymbal should last more than a lifetime.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing ride....SWEETT!!!

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

          amazing ride. i got this and i loved it. great deep crash. i use that a lot. the bell is amazing. GET THIS SWEET RIDE

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good for Classic Rock

          By Shaundizzle11

          from San Francisco, CA

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          Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

          I bought this cymbal about a year ago, and I have found it to be well worth the money. It has an excellent washy sound to it when you really start to drive a groove. The bell is not as loud as you'd hope it to be, however. I'd reccomend this cymbal for Rock use only. It has none of the dry, light ping you want for Jazz. Excellent for Rock and Fusion, though.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A beautiful instrument!!!

          By CherryBomb

          from Flori-DUH

          Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

          Is it possible to have feelings of true love for a cymbal? Playing the sweet ride is the most fun I have ever had playing cymbal in my 20+ years of hittin the skins. A perfect combination of wash and ping. I am not a fan of pingy rides anyway. It handles triplet swing patterns beautifully and can build wicked tension behind the band by crashing on the bow. The nice big bell is the best I've heard on any Zildjian I own. An all around great ride for any style!!!!!

           
          4.0

          21" ride review and I like it

          By Drummerboy68

          from Puyallup, Wa

          About Me Experienced

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          Pros

          • Full Crash
          • Good wash
          • Responsive Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jazz Clubs
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

            Overerall I like this cymbal. It's great when just jamming in my practice space and has a great crash sound but I think if you played in a band setting it won't really cut through as a "ride" and all you'll really hear is the wash. I think the 23 inch would probably be better in that regard but still a great little cymbal.

             
            5.0

            weight makes the difference

            By soundex

            from ft pierce fl / milltown nj

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Bright Sound
            • Explosive Attack
            • Responsive Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • Small Venues
              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

              i own 3 of these and they are all quite different....i like all of them, but i also have a favorite...ive been playing zildjians for 70 years, and this is by far the best ride i have....nice decay, good bell.and clean ride...i do not use large cymbals for crashes so i have no comment...i use 3 crashes...14, 15 ,and 16 give me the sound i like...all told, the weight is the main factor...

               
              5.0

              Incredible

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

              I got this ride yesterday , and I've played for at least 4 hours already. I moved from a ZBT Rock Ride, and this just puts it to shame. It sounds so smooth and sweet. I read other reviews saying it would be a great crash, and i was a bit skeptical, seeing as my ZBT just sounded like a gong if i tried to crash it, but this was unbelieveable. It sounded better than my other crashes. Plus, the bell is big for easy access and also sounds great. Trust me, this ride sounds awesome. I just hope it lasts for a really long time.

               
              5.0

              Amazing!!

              By Goo-UoC5f

              from Atlanta GA

              Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

              This cymbal is simply amazing. It has a great crash to it and a moderate ping. When you ride on it its a little too washy. On the other hand, crashing on it is freakin awesome, you get a big, full sound. If you are looking to buy a ride cymbal the but would like to crash on it, buy this cymbal!

               
              5.0

              A beautiful sounding all purpose ride

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

              I love the sound of my 21 inch sweet ride. It has this wash that's like a vortex...it just sucks you in. I like to crash it as well. It's two cymbals in one. one of the most versatile rides I have ever played.

               
              5.0

              Great all purpose ride

              By AAXcellerateyourlife-LXD4q

              from Orlando

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

              I bought this ride cymbal about a month ago because a friend had it, and it sounded great in the small venue I play at. I picked out a pair of 14" Sabian AAX stage hihats at the same time to complement the ride, and they match PERFECTLY. Now, if you know cymbals, you'll know that every cymbal is unique. This combination will not work all the time, I just got lucky at the store. Anyway, the ride is washy and kind of dark. It sounds great when crashed on, and the bell is clear, but mellow sounding, like the rest of the cymbal. Not much png or definiton because its kind of thin, it wonk work well in heavy metal. Because its a larger ride, its very loud when you crash/ride on it, but all ride cymbals are like that, so no problem there. I love how it sounds with my AAX hats, 16, 17, and 18 Paiste dark energy crashes. A great all purpose crashable ride.

               
              5.0

              Sweet!!!

              By liveFASTdieFUN

              from New Port Richey, FL

              Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

              No wonder they call it a sweet ride...maybe because it is...

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              okay

              By Keith Kratzer

              from Bethlehem,Pa

              Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

              Buying this ride was a mistake I regret. This ride is terrible unless you play jazz. That is about all this ride is good for. It is not loud at all especially for the music I play. You just can't hear it. Like i said if you are I big jazz drummer buy it but if not then don't.

               
              5.0

              sweet

              By zildjian or die

              from pennsylvania

              Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

              ive been playing mine for a few months, sounds way diffrent (in a good way) than the day i bought it. weak bell, great wash, amazing crash if you are lookin for that big 60's 70's sounding crash buy it. if you want a ride go K or K custom

               
              5.0

              A Zildjian Sweet Ride

              By ZoSo21

              from Iraqi Desert

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride Cymbal:

              This ride is an excellent choice for new age, hard-hitting drummers. I play mostly punk rock, heavier rock, and some jazz here and there, and this ride adapts to any sound you want for it. With great sustain, a natural finish and an amazing all-around sound, this cymbal has proven itself to be the most versatile I have played it a while.

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