Best All-around Zildjian Ride (20”/22”)?

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What Zildjian ride would you suggest that is versatile (funk, jazz, soft rock, etc.) and can be had used for $200-$350?
If I push the price into $400 range, then I know some good choices like kerope, Renaissance, K line.

Note: Cymbal doesn’t need to meet the characteristics of heavy rock or metal genres, Mostly soft music as mentioned above.

Edit: forgot to mention, it needs to be crashable. So, it is better to be on thinner side.
 

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Zildjian K Custom Left Side 20" Ride. Underappreciated ride I hardly ever see mentioned. Very musical cymbal that should work in all genres, just like Peter Erskine who designed it.

I have a discontinued 22" that is fantastic. Zildjian still makes the 20" and I see a bunch used on reverb in your $200-350 price range.
 

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Maybe some funky old Trans Stamp..
majority of old or mid age A's are muddle err middle-of-the-road. Maybe that's why the question rises. Sure they "work" and can be controlled and shaped to be this or that but are they or how much do they inspire is z question. I mean I have (some for more than 40 years) a couple 3. A 1956g 20 a 2067g 20 a 2580g 22..do they inspire? hm. Do they work, of course.
I don't think you have to go to 350$ for one..I know that much. Find a medium light 20 and Be Happy (that's an Order ; )
(or psst psst look elsewhere.)
Or maybe I'll sell you my used no ink little keyholing 2580g 22 I bought off ebay for 70$. Does 225$ sound ok?
 
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I’d say the new Avedis line would be a good choice especially if the A line is a little loud for your application. The 21” K Sweet and 20” K Custom Dark Rides are also great options and available in your price range.
 

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Most inspiring is still an old K for me. But $$$....not for sale. ;)

however...I’ve been appreciating some old As lately. I have a few in the stable.
 
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I'll go a different route and recommend a 20" K Heavy Ride - great rock cymbal, but also sounds great at lower volumes. It records crystal clear. I used one exclusively for the better part of 20 yrs. before I added other rides to the mix.
 

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So far I have really liked the 21” A sweet ride, it sounds so versatile, I can hear this cymbal jazzed up and also for anything soft. This is from youtube though! I didn’t know about this cymbal.

I like the 20-22” Avedis line but it is pretty much a new 60’s A, isn’t it? I have a 20” 60’s A at 2300g which is medium, it sounds good but not crashable, I want it to be crashable for sure.

Anything vintage needs to be played and bought in person, the consistency is not there I think, unless there is a specific vintage A you know about.

Heavy cymbals are not that crashable usually but I will check out the heavy Ks.

This shouldn’t matter but this ride will be on my right side, main ride, k left side ride will work for sure but it is probably designed musically to be a left side ride.

Z-Mac sounds pingy to me, I didn’t like the sound.
 

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I have a 20" Kerope that I may part with at some point in time (22" Old K holds the main spot). I'd sell it for $275 or so. PM me if interested. Sound file available.
 

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Being crashable sort of takes the heavies and even many mediums out of the equation. I have 4 of the ones mentioned and no doubt all of them can do the job. As far as the best? I'd pick my 3 Trans stamps. I've tried the 21" A Sweet Ride and that's worthy of ranking too.


1. 21" Trans Stamp sizzle (2390)
2. 20" Trans Stamp (1773)
3. 20" Trans Stamp (2270)
4. 20" K Custom Dark (2230)
5. 20" A Small Stamp (2150)
 
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All,
What Zildjian ride would you suggest that is versatile (funk, jazz, soft rock, etc.) and can be had used for $200-$350?
If I push the price into $400 range, then I know some good choices like kerope, Renaissance, K line.

Note: Cymbal doesn’t need to meet the characteristics of heavy rock or metal genres, Mostly soft music as mentioned above.

Edit: forgot to mention, it needs to be crashable. So, it is better to be on thinner side.
A nice 20" A or A Custom....on a side note, a band cymbal would fit your criteria, too. 20" Suspended or a Viennese Symphonic.
 


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