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Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride Cymbal   22 in.

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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 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jazz clubs (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • 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.

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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.

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(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.

      (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

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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).

      (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.

      (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

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

      By Dream Liver

      from Kernersville, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

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      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 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!!!!

                 
                5.0

                Amazing, versative cymbal

                By gscdrummer

                from South Carolina

                About Me Professional Musician

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                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.

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