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Zildjian El Sonido Multi Crash Ride  17 In. 

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The 17" El Sonido Multi Crash Ride cymbal stems from the Avedis Zildjian Company's collaboration with Marc Quiñones of the Allman Brothers. This cymb...Read More

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      The 17" El Sonido Multi Crash Ride cymbal stems from the Avedis Zildjian Company's collaboration with Marc Quiñones of the Allman Brothers. This cymbal provides a versatility of sound in any salsa, jazz, Latin, or rock music setting.

      Part of Zildjian's "FX" series of cymbals, the 17" El Sonido Multi Crash Ride features a lathed, medium-thin weight outer portion of the instrument to help create a fast and expressive crash response. In contrast, the thicker unlathed center area produces a maximum projection of sound while the unlathed, larger cup aids in providing ride articulation and a pure bell tone. Zildjian's brilliant finish not only completes the El Sonido Multi's striking appearance but also helps to provide extra sparkle to its sound.

      Marc worked with Zildjian's developers for over a year to develop a cymbal that would work in both Marc's Latin jazz group and in Allman Brothers Band percussion set-ups and could be played with a drumstick, timbale stick, or by hand.

      No stranger to designing instruments with Zildjian, Marc also plays his Marc Quiñones Zildjian Artist Series "Rock" and Salsa" Timbale sticks, available via the box of recommended accessories.

      Custom made for Latin and world applications.


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      Very versatile

      By GCH

      from Washington, DC

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


        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Zildjian El Sonido Multi Crash Ride:

        Although I've tried, used, and owned cymbals from a number of different mfg's, I have grown to coming close to Z's slogan: "the only serious choice." There is just something in their sound that is missing from other mfgs (perhaps the result of being around for 400 years).

        I've got a combination of Z's from the early 70s as well as some more modern A's. The El Sonido complements them perfectly, and while the sound is distinct, it is unmistakably Zildjian.

        The cymbal is thin at the edges and opens up easily even with the tip of the stick. The one I have is quite dark sounding, a nice contrast to the bright A's. It opens like fast crash, and the volume dies away pretty quickly, but the quieter tones sustain longer than that of a fast crash. There is the very slightest hint of China in it (at least in the one I have), but it's not over-powering - it sounds much more like a crash, and much less like a China.

        If the music you are playing is not super loud, you can use it in place or riding a crash with less danger of damage because (as I said) the tip of the stick will open it up. Play close to the edge like you're playing a ride and it will sound like you're riding a crash.

        Moving in toward the unlathed section, the sound really dries out, and the volume attenuates a bit. This makes for an interesting alternative ride round, and sounds good as a dry ride for especially for jazz in quiet passages or venues.

        The bell on this cymbal is huge, and the sound loud and cutting. It is different than a traditionally lathed bell, and again makes for a nice alternative bell sound in addition to a more standard ride cymbal.

        A previous reviewer had said the cymbal was too small and quite for him to ride owing to the volume at which he plays and the size of his cymbals (he mentioned that the El Sonido was one of his smaller cymbals). This reviewer is at the opposite end of the spectrum. At this point in my life I'm playing with light sticks in small venues, my other cymbals being a 20" ride, a 15" fast crash, and a 16" crash (what kind changes), so the El Sonido is for me one of my larger cymbals.

        The previous review was great, and my experience with the cymbal tracks with everything he said for his style of playing. I provide this review as another data point, so those considering this cymbal have a review from players at both ends of the spectrum.

        The El Sonido blends nicely with the A's, but doesn't sound "just like another crash." It adds nice variety and flavor to the complement of cymbals.

        If you want some variety or versatility in your cymbal set up, or a less expensive alternative to the excellent Zildjian Hybrids, or a cymbal to do double-duty (crash and ride) on a small set-up for a small venues. the El Sonido is hard to beat.

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        Great as a crash cymbal

        By Slope

        from Antioch, CA

        Comments about Zildjian El Sonido Multi Crash Ride:

        I bought this cymbal about 4 months ago to use as secondary ride cymbal. This is actually the smallest cymbal I own besides my hats. I quickly found out that this would not work as a ride cymbal for me, as I am a pretty heavy hitter and this thing goes all over the place. However the bell sounds really nice, I actually like it better than the bell on my Armand ride. What I really love about this cymbal is the crash sound. Compared to my other cymbals, this one sounds like a combination of a trashy splash and a crash cymbal. It opens up really nicely with the lighest of touch, and is great for accents. As a crash it is my second favorite cymbal, comparing it to my Zildjain A and A custom crashes.

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