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Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal 

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The Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal has excellent stick definition with full, dry stick sound; dark, warm undertones; and trashy accents. The K Cu...Click To Read More About This Product

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Old school. New attitude.

The Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal has excellent stick definition with full, dry stick sound; dark, warm undertones; and trashy accents. The K Custom cymbals are specially designed to provide more volume and cut with a quicker attack and decay than traditional K Zildjians.


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ZildjianK Custom Dark Ride Cymbal
 
4.9

(based on 35 reviews)

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    (32)

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    (2)

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    (1)

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Beautiful, versatile. My favorite cymbal

This cymbal is definitely worth the price. I used a ZBT ride for years prior to having this, and thought that was good enough. Well, when I played this cymbal...Read complete review

This cymbal is definitely worth the price. I used a ZBT ride for years prior to having this, and thought that was good enough. Well, when I played this cymbal (20") for 5 minutes it blew that ZBT cymbal off the stand.

The crash quality this cymbal has is so great, it makes me forget that this is just a ride. The bell cuts through loud rock music and sounds very powerful, but not obnoxious. Although, in my opinion the K series is optimized for jazz, it works just as well for other genres such as rock or funk.

Buy this cymbal, you won't regret it.

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What a difference a high quality cymbal makes!

This replaces a Sabian XS ride that was great while I was learning to play. But as my playing has improved, so has my appreciation of professional quality equipment.

The only...Read complete review

This replaces a Sabian XS ride that was great while I was learning to play. But as my playing has improved, so has my appreciation of professional quality equipment.

The only problem I have now is that I can appreciate the subtle differences that a high-end cymbal has, I want to replace my crash and hats, too!
Great swing/ride pings cut through the rest of the band and decay fast enough to limit wash effect. Nice bell.
Beautiful hammered finish. Best sounding cymbal I've ever played.


I got what I paid for: a top-shelf cymbal that I'll probably never need to upgrade.

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5.0

amazing sound

By maodrummer11

from boca raton florida

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

      it´s simple the best. it´s versatile and works good in all music styles. 100 % i recommend

       
      5.0

      Search has ended; K Custom Drk. Ride

      By Rac

      from Honolulu, Hawaii

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jazz Clubs

          Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

          I've been searching for that perfect sounding ride and I've arrived. I finally decided to purchase the exact one and more than happy with it! It plays well with fusion and especially my jazz gigs. The cymbal I used was a Sabian Will Calhoun Signature which was heavy and overly too dark, resulting in a dry bell sound - and that's playing it on the ride area. So glad I finally got the sound I wanted all along. The K's lightly curved surface retains excellent sticking definition while producing a nice over wash that's not annoying but pleasantly fills the music as if it was part of the song. And the bell projects well at any level of music...K 20" Custom Dark by Zildjian - It ridiculously rules!!!!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Killer tone

          By Josh

          from Cadillac, MI

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          Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

          -I owned the 22" version of this cymbal-
          I loved this cymbal. I got it a few years ago as a gift from my (awesome) friends, who I'm sure were sick of hearing me talk about how I couldn't wait to get the money to buy it. The tone you get out of this thing is amazing. Ride it on top and it plays nice. Crash it and it comes to life. The bell is good too. Not the best I've heard, but very solid. You can expect some ping, a nice bit of wash, and warm overtones from this cymbal. I loved to crash ride this thing. Nice full sound with great tone. Also, as with most high end cymbals, it got better with age. I constantly rubbed my hands over it and touched it to get it nice and dirty. This really brought more of that warmth out of it and took some of that "new cymbal harshness" away.
          Unfortunately, after about 3 years, it cracked. I replaced it with a Sand Ride, but I do miss this cymbal.
          I highly recommend this cymbal because of its tone, versatility, and quality (I didn't take it easy on it).

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful, versatile. My favorite cymbal

          By GavinIsAwesome

          from Toms River, NJ

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          Pros

          • Bell Cuts
          • Great Crash Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

              This cymbal is definitely worth the price. I used a ZBT ride for years prior to having this, and thought that was good enough. Well, when I played this cymbal (20") for 5 minutes it blew that ZBT cymbal off the stand.

              The crash quality this cymbal has is so great, it makes me forget that this is just a ride. The bell cuts through loud rock music and sounds very powerful, but not obnoxious. Although, in my opinion the K series is optimized for jazz, it works just as well for other genres such as rock or funk.

              Buy this cymbal, you won't regret it.

               
              5.0

              Amazing, versative cymbal

              By gscdrummer

              from South Carolina

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Craftmanship
              • Responsive Feel
              • Versatility

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jazz Clubs
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                I bought this cymbal 3 years ago and use it all the time. Works great for jazz, Top 40, rock, you name it. Change stick tips (wood vs nylon or the shape of the wood tip) for a totally different sound. I often buy used equipment but bought this cymbal new and have never regretted. Sometimes I use something with a little more ping for outside concerts of over 500 people if we aren't using an overhead mic but otherwise this is my workhorse.

                 
                5.0

                K Custom Dark Ride

                By Rick Nelson

                from North Carolina

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                Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                Overall, very happy with this cymbal.
                I like this cymbal a lot. Used in the Duke Jazz Ensemble, we tried it out this week (22") and it was fabulous. Being a little dark, it rode along comfortably under the group and shined and stood out when it had to, but the glorious overall sound is something to behold. The ping is just enough when you need it and the sticks and brushes both shimmered.
                A fantastic looking and sounding cymbal.
                Worth it for the sound it gives you.

                (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                What a difference a high quality cymbal makes!

                By Rick Sterner

                from Sacramento, CA

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                Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                This replaces a Sabian XS ride that was great while I was learning to play. But as my playing has improved, so has my appreciation of professional quality equipment.

                The only problem I have now is that I can appreciate the subtle differences that a high-end cymbal has, I want to replace my crash and hats, too!
                Great swing/ride pings cut through the rest of the band and decay fast enough to limit wash effect. Nice bell.
                Beautiful hammered finish. Best sounding cymbal I've ever played.


                I got what I paid for: a top-shelf cymbal that I'll probably never need to upgrade.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best ever!!!-never better

                By Drum.man

                from Ottawa, ON

                Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                I own one 22" and i dont regret buying it for the price! I recomend this ride for heavy use of jazz, Rock or even reggea. Maybe pricy but worth it! I use it for jazz and i get goose bumps when I play! I highly recomend this ride!

                 
                5.0

                epic ride

                By Adrian-DoUe_

                from Seattle

                Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                simply the best ride i have ever played on

                 
                5.0

                Absolutely love it.

                By notnewtothis010

                from WI

                Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                If you're looking for a great ride, this is it. This ride seems to have the best mix of everything. It isn't too pingy, it isn't too washy, it's right where I think a ride should be. Mostly I use this with a jazz combo and big band, and it does everything I want it to. For cost reasons, I went with the 20", and it's worth every penny.

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