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Zildjian K Custom Dark Complex Ride  21 in. 

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The Zildjian K Custom Dark Complex Ride continues the evolution of the celebrated K Zildjian tradition. Its heavily hammered top, bottom, and cup com...Read More

Available 11-23-2016

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Crystalline definition and evocative undertones.

The Zildjian K Custom Dark Complex Ride continues the evolution of the celebrated K Zildjian tradition. Its heavily hammered top, bottom, and cup combine with its medium thin structure for great stick definition, rich, evocative timbres, and dark, nasty crash sounds. With Zildjian's new satin finish, it's great for wide-ranging styles including rock, alternative, pop, R&B, country, funk, Latin, & jazz.

The whole package, with stellar definition riding a dark, evocative magic carpet of tones.


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ZildjianK Custom Dark Complex Ride

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Very nice ride cymbal

By Darren

from Long Beach, CA

About Me Professional Musician


  • Complex overtones
  • Full Crash
  • Great stick definition
  • Nice Tone
  • Responsive Feel


    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Anything and Everything
    • Jazz Clubs
    • Rock
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks
    • Symphonies
    • Worship

    Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Complex Ride:

    One of the best cymbals I own, and most definately the best ride cymbal I've ever owned. I fall in love with this cymbal every time I play it. I like the trashy/complex overtones you get when crashing, and it rides very well. In small, intimate settings this ride is perfect for unique stick definitions. Even in larger setting the stick definitions can really cut through. The bell has a nice ring to it, not pitchy or too bright/loud. You can find a lot of great sounds using this ride, which I love to impliment in my playing.

    The only possibly downside for me is the slightly too short sustain. The crash is so beautiful on this ride cymbal I just wish it lasted a little bit longer. But this is by no means a con. The wonderful sounds this cymbal makes sets it way over the top.

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    Piece of garbage

    By jeglican

    from Auburn, MI

    About Me Experienced


    • Long Sustain


    • Flat Sound
    • Not Responsive

    Best Uses

      Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Complex Ride:

      I love Zildjian Products, especially the K series of cymbals, but this one left me scratching my head. While working at a Guitar Center's drum department, I encountered this cymbal frequently.

      Its overtones were inharmonic, trashy, and simply poor sounding. There was very little stick response, and a huge wash of those clashing, nail scratching overtones. I can not see any possible genre of music that this cymbal could excel at.

      It feels like someone printed out sheet metal, smashed it with a pipe wrench a few times, and called it good. Its flimsy, obnoxious, and completely un-musical. Look elsewhere.

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