Up to 25% Off Select Gear With Code: SPOOKY
Looking for Coupons?Call us Hablamos Español
MF MD HG01 Halloween Store 10-11-17
Zildjian Logo
Product 443864

Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal

  • Write a Review

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

CHOOSE STYLE:

  • $43495.00

    { "name": "22 in.", "status": "instock", "statusText": "In stock", "inventoryText": "In Stock & Ready To Ship", "inventoryKey": "in_stock", "price": 434.95, "isOnSale": false, "msrp": 753.00, "salePrice": 434.95, "listPrice": 434.95, "isPriceDrop": false, "promos":["freeShipping","topRated","topSeller","flexibleFinancing","guarantee"], "warranty": true, "freeWarrantyAvail": false, "sku": "site1sku443864000000092", "displaySku": "443864 000000092", "serialized": false, "stickerUrl":"http://www.musiciansfriend.com/static/mf/stickers/top-rated.png", "stickerDesc":"Top Rated by All of You Musicians!", "stickerDisplayText":"Top Rated", "shipsFree":true, "condition": "New", "priceVisibility": "1", "scene7SetID": "MMGS7/443864000000092_MEDIA_SET", "currencySymbol": "$", "freeGiftWarning":false, "freeGiftWarningTips":"", "isShipsInternational": false, "pdpLoyaltyPoints":"3,480", "pdpLoyaltyPointsMultiplier":"1", "restrictionType":"", "restrictionError":"" }
  • $36495.00

    { "name": "20 in.", "status": "instock", "statusText": "In stock", "inventoryText": "In Stock & Ready To Ship", "inventoryKey": "in_stock", "price": 364.95, "isOnSale": false, "msrp": 635.00, "salePrice": 364.95, "listPrice": 364.95, "isPriceDrop": false, "promos":["freeShipping","topRated","topSeller","flexibleFinancing","guarantee"], "warranty": true, "freeWarrantyAvail": false, "sku": "site1sku443864000000089", "displaySku": "443864 000000089", "serialized": false, "stickerUrl":"http://www.musiciansfriend.com/static/mf/stickers/top-rated.png", "stickerDesc":"Top Rated by All of You Musicians!", "stickerDisplayText":"Top Rated", "shipsFree":true, "condition": "New", "priceVisibility": "1", "scene7SetID": "MMGS7/443864000000089_MEDIA_SET", "currencySymbol": "$", "freeGiftWarning":false, "freeGiftWarningTips":"", "isShipsInternational": false, "pdpLoyaltyPoints":"2,920", "pdpLoyaltyPointsMultiplier":"1", "restrictionType":"", "restrictionError":"" }
Gold Coverage: (What’s This?)
  • (Most Popular)
  • Regular Price:
    $364.95 - $434.95
  • Shipping (48 Contiguous U.S. States)
    FREE
  • Starting At:
    $36495.00
  Add to Cart
Add to Wish List

Earn up to 3,480 reward points.

See All Zildjian Ride Cymbals
OVERVIEW

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.


Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
ZildjianK Custom Dark Ride Cymbal
 
4.9

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Bright sound (4)
  • Responsive feel (4)
  • Explosive attack (3)
  • Focused crash (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jazz clubs (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

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.

Reviewed by 38 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful, versatile. My favorite cymbal

By GavinIsAwesome

from Toms River, NJ

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

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.

      (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!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Killer tone

      By Josh

      from Cadillac, MI

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      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).

      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      What a difference a high quality cymbal makes!

      By Rick Sterner

      from Sacramento, CA

      See all my reviews

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best ride cymbal made. Ever.

      By JRSIV

      from Las Vegas, NV

      Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

      After several encounters with the 20" K Custom Dark Ride at a local shop I knew it was the finest ride I'd heard and it had to be mine. I've owned mine for 2 years now and after visits to major music stores across the country, hearing 100's of rides in cymbal rooms, I can say unequivocally that this cymbal is the greatest ever. The "tah" sound it emits is to die for. The "wood" of the stick just jumps out every stroke. It is designated "Dark", and while very warm and trashy, the cymbal exhibits some nice bright, glassy tones when played higher on the bow. The bell is awesome and is usable from everything to stage cutting rock beats to bassa nova accents. This cymbal is my go to ride for live gigs, sessions, and no matter if it's a Top40 show, my jazz jam or recording original tunes to digital this bad boy does it all expertly. Think the opening ride groove to Dave Brubecks "Take Five" played by Joe Morello and you have a glimpse of what the K Custom Dark ride sounds like. 5 stars easily.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You get what you pay for.

      By Drumguy31423

      from Montana

      Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

      This cymbal is great I used it for about 3 years and I sold it because I wanted more "Ping". The only issue is that I ended up getting a Sabian HH Raw Bell Ride, I loved it untill I recorded with it. So I went back to the K Dark, it is a little washy when playing live but in recordings it sounds great (not to washy not to bright like the raw bell) I also use the dark crashes and a K 13.25" Hybrid Hat. I play everything from Alternative Rock to to old Country tunes. And Irecord with Senhieser e614s for the Cymbals.

       
      5.0

      K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal

      By M J

      from Swansea, IL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks
        • Symphonies

        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

        Used to play professionally many years ago; these days it's in the basement for improvement and fun..

         
        5.0

        Favorite Cymbal ever

        By Evan

        from Grand Haven, MI

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

            This cymbal is just simply beautiful. It has great attack/wash. Works incredibly as a crash ride, which is my favorite use. I've used his cymbal in church settings, a folk rock band, and rock/heavy metal bands. Highly recommend t!

             
            5.0

            The second best cymbal I have (Ozone Crash is the coolest)

            By Dream Liver

            from Kernersville, NC

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • Small Venues
              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

              I play in a variety of bands (Worship, Vintage Country, Classic Rock, Gospel, Jazz). This cymbal fits my needs in every genre.

               
              5.0

              amazing sound

              By maodrummer

              from boca raton fl

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              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

                  See all my reviews

                  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!!!!

                       
                      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.

                         
                        4.0

                        good cymbal, too many overtones

                        By Anonymous

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                        a sweet sound, although i little too washy for me. this is just personal taste though. i'm more partial to a drier cymbal. very versatile though, nice fat splash sound when struck with shoulder, and feels "soft" when played fast.

                         
                        5.0

                        Sweet Zildjian!

                        By Anonymous

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                        This cymbal suits everyone from jazz to rock. The ride has an awesome bell, which is not too bright and pingy but not to diminishing. Yes this cymbal will work for you. If you're low on cash you still need to get this ride. Trust me, I have the K Custom Dark 20" ride, 18" crash, and 14" hats and they are worth the money. (Must say get the 20" because 22" is too washy, hear it for yourself).

                         
                        5.0

                        K is the one for me

                        By rover@111

                        from Fremont , CA

                        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                        This is one bad cymbal it has a very dry stick sound to it and it is very clean and trashy the way I like it it is great for jazz in which I play. It blends well with the music. I couldn't think of a higher or better cymbal than this. For those who want a cool hip sounding and looking ride this one is for YOU.

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome!

                        By Adamant3221

                        from Dallas, Texas

                        See all my reviews

                        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                        This cymbal is amazing. I may not be a drummer, but the drummer in my band just bought this thing, and it makes our songs sound like 4x better! You might thing its kinda pricy (which it is) but it would be a great idea to save your money up for this cymbal rather than taking the cheap way out. (for other cymbals, check out the A Custom and K Custom zildjians, or Zildjian A series or maybe even ZBT's if cash is a problem)

                         
                        5.0

                        20

                        By Anonymous

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                        I recently upgraded to this cymbal at the advice of more experienced drummer, and I don't think I will ever have to replace it. It has great stick definition. It's thinner than most 20" rides and produces warm sounds. It has a clear, cutting bell and a unique, thundering, low frequency crash. Probably not too good if you are into metal, but good for me 'cuz I'm not.

                         
                        5.0

                        Good ride, hard to keep clean though

                        By Pete, just another drummer like yourself

                        from NJ

                        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                        Good ride, hard to keep clean though. You'll find yourself trying to polish this thing much harder then your other cymbals, but when it is fully shined up it is beautiful!

                         
                        5.0

                        NO BETTER RIDE OUT THERE

                        By JETT

                        from NORTH HILLS, CA.

                        See all my reviews

                        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                        I purchased about two weeks ago and so far this is the best ride I've owned (with the exception of an old Paiste)in 30 years!!! The ping is defined, the wash is dark but not too dark and the mix is sophisticated. I own the 22 inch version and the balance is perfect!!! I can carry the ride through loud guitars and keyboards yet maintain a smooth ride at more mellow volumes. The bell is a little weak but if struck properly can penetrate any volumes. The crash is also mellow but penetrating. At first, I thought it was not dark enough but now I think it has the perfect balance. Although a little pricey, this cymbal is well worth the investment. Get it!!!

                         
                        5.0

                        This cymbal has got class

                        By JMooreDrums

                        from Dayton, Oh

                        Comments about Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal:

                        I love it...The stick response I get off it is excellent. The variations of sounds I've gotten off this ride have been alot of fun. I give this ride a 10. Luckily I bought mine during a huge sale they were having and saved a nice chunck of cash, but I can assure it's with every penny.

                        Displaying reviews 1-20

                        Back to top

                        Previous | Next »

                        You are changing the Ship-To country.

                        Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.