K like an A Custom?

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Maybe an odd question, but is there a 20” K ride cymbal that sounds similar to the A Custom line? I’m thinking a full, clean sounding ping with a nice big bell.
 

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Maybe an odd question, but is there a 20” K ride cymbal that sounds similar to the A Custom line? I’m thinking a full, clean sounding ping with a nice big bell.
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I have 2 different 20” K ride cymbals and one of them does in fact sound more like an A custom than my other K.
I use the K heavy ride but don’t play the other K anymore due it it sounding too bright and pingy for my tastes.
 

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Yes,
I have 2 different 20” K ride cymbals and one of them does in fact sound more like an A custom than my other K.
I use the K heavy ride but don’t play the other K anymore due it it sounding too bright and pingy for my tastes.
Bright pingy K is what I’m after. Decent bell too?
 

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K Customs from back in the day. Check out Weckl vids from the 80's/90's - they were very pingy, a bell that rang for days and heavy!
Unfortunately, the crash was clangy and not recommended. I have one from that era - it was my main ride for years although I had a lot of clear tape on it to tame it. Got it from a pro who hand picked it from the Z factory.....so the story goes. RIP B.Z.

I used to have a full set of A Customs with it - 14 hats, and 14, 16, 18 and 20 crashes. I sold them all after I burned out of that phase in the late 90's, plus I was tired of having to clean them. However, I never cleaned the 14" crash and it had a nice dark brass patina. I transitioned to K's at that time and it actually was darker sounding than my 17" K thin dark! I should have held onto it but sold it for a good price.
 

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K Session brilliant finish 20 or 18 might be the ones.A bit heavier than a 20" A Custom a little more aggressive .
 
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Check out the regular K custom rides, but they’re going to be a lot more dry than an A Custom ride. Nice cymbals though. Otherwise, take a look at the K Heavy ride (these are beautiful)…these will have more sustain than the K Custom.
 

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Thanks for the info and suggestions! I’ll make note of these and try them out on my next music store visit.
 

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Technically, a K Custom (or any K really) that's similar in weight to an A Custom is not going to be the same. Similar? Possibly, but not the same. They're different animals and designed to sound different.

It's kind of like buying a 602 to achieve a 2002 sound. Maybe that's a crude analogy, but you get my point. Why not just get an A Custom?
 

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I would check out the 21" K Crash Ride. They have the larger A Custom-style bell, a brilliant finish, and K hammering. They're discontinued now, but still out there.
 

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I have a 20" Sessions K, that may be what your looking for. It has a very large bell, and project far. I am not sure if they still make them, but I purchased it new in 2008. It is a cymbal that sounds better in the audience than from the kit. It is hammered and not lathed. At least I do not see any apparent lathing marks.
 


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