EAK Jazz Ride

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I have the opportunity to pick up a 20" EAK Zildjian Jazz Ride and I am not sure what the value is for them these days.

For a well patina'd and faded ink what would be a top end for these? No keyhole, cracks, or wavy edges.

I just want to make sure I'm not being taken for a "ride", this is not via this group either just a local seller.
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I sold one via Reverb a couple months ago - about 2200 gms. Very strong inking. I'd have called it very nice. Sold all in for $280 shipping + taxes. Not a lot of interest in it which surprised me. I think a typical price for them is $250-$275.....and great if you can get in one at $200-$225. More money if exceptional or very light. Mine crashed a tad harsh which was the one reason I sold it. It's not easy finding a 20" EAK ride that both rides and crashes well. I've owned 4 so far and none did both well.
 
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I've seen a couple "Jazz Ride"s in stores, lately. Both were EAK's. They were also both quite a bit heavier than one might think, given the name. Watch out for the weight and try it before you buy, if you can.
 

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In the condition you describe I'm going to say 280 max. I have a small collection of EAKs and Jazz rides as well as Heavy rides seem to bring a premium BUT that also factors in condition cleanliness, logos etc. $ 250 is a solid offer and I wouldn't go higher than 280.
 

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In the condition you describe I'm going to say 280 max. I have a small collection of EAKs and Jazz rides as well as Heavy rides seem to bring a premium BUT that also factors in condition cleanliness, logos etc. $ 250 is a solid offer and I wouldn't go higher than 280.
After acually getting my hands on it there are flea bites all around and slight keyholing.
 

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Figure $50-$100 less for those defects. But the key is if it sounds good to you. Too bad about the ratty edges on this one. At least it was a well played / well gigged cymbal......a good sign someone liked the sound of it.
 

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The EAKs are somewhat unique, and many aren't what I'd call pleasing in the practice room. Their strong point was on stage and in the moment. I have a 20" jazz ride and it has an airy quality underneath the stick. But on its own it's a little tinny or wispy . In a proper musical context it sounds great. The bell is good and it crashes so-so. Not terrible. But I wouldn't buy them for home use when there are better choices for that -- .02
 

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I have a pristine EAK that I think is just over 2000g. Just a fantastic cymbal on the stick, dark crash and clear bell. I used to have an IAK but brilliant and it was way more pingy, heavier and not in great shape. I think I sold that one for $200.
 

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The EAKs are somewhat unique, and many aren't what I'd call pleasing in the practice room. Their strong point was on stage and in the moment. I have a 20" jazz ride and it has an airy quality underneath the stick. But on its own it's a little tinny or wispy . In a proper musical context it sounds great. The bell is good and it crashes so-so. Not terrible. But I wouldn't buy them for home use when there are better choices for that -- .02
What about playing it in a practice room do you think changes it?
 

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The EAKs are somewhat unique, and many aren't what I'd call pleasing in the practice room. Their strong point was on stage and in the moment. I have a 20" jazz ride and it has an airy quality underneath the stick. But on its own it's a little tinny or wispy . In a proper musical context it sounds great. The bell is good and it crashes so-so. Not terrible. But I wouldn't buy them for home use when there are better choices for that -- .02
Very well said. I have a 20” Crash-Ride that functions exactly like you describe.
 

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