It's no secret where ride cymbals got their name - with the steady, drawn-out "riding" sounds they produce, these are incredibly versatile percussion instruments that can give you tons of different effects from quick and snappy strikes to prolonged, fading hisses. While there's no real limit on how you can play a ride cymbal, taking advantage of all that it can do depends on having one that's up to the task. For that, you won't need to look any further than Meinl ride cymbals. Their impressive selection is sure to hold the answer no matter what sort of ride sound you're looking for.
Are you a jazz hound? If so, check out the Meinl Byzance Jazz Big Apple Ride Cymbal. Their own words say it best: "styled after the classic ride cymbals of the swinging Big Apple years." The proportions of this cymbal are very distinctive, with a small bell and large, sweeping bow. Any jazz lover can appreciate the results of that design: a pearly, sweet ping, full of body and followed by lengthy sustain with a classic shimmering character. If vintage jazz is your thing, this cymbal is a must-have.
Maybe you're looking for something more modern - in that case, there's a lot to choose from. A great place to start your search is with the Meinl Soundcaster Fusion Powerful Ride Cymbal. It's made from Meinl's specialty B12 alloy with a uniquely-lathed edge that creates a huge rush of power, energy and warm sound. If you want great volume, meaty stick response and an enhanced wash, you're looking at the right cymbal to deliver it.
Those are just a few examples of Meinl ride cymbals to pique your interest. There's a lot more where that came from, so go ahead and take a closer look at all the cymbals in this section. Whatever your musical style, acoustic preferences, experience level and budget, the perfect ride cymbal to meet every point on your wish list is waiting somewhere in the Meinl lineup.