Question is:how loud does it need to be?Just take ANY ride your preferred size and half a coil of duct tape...
Did it have an obnoxious 'ring' to it though.I guarantee a simple 24" Paiste Alpha Rock Ride is louder and more pingy than every other single ride mentioned in this thread already. I love hard and loud rock, I had to get rid of that cymbal because it was so heavy, loud, and pingy. It literally will give you hearing damage.
I found the paragon got lost in the mix as it was too dry for meI had posted almost the exact same question here a few years back. I'm like you--not big on washy rides--bring the Ping baby!! Anyway, I narrowed it down to a 22 Paragon and 21 Raw Bell Dry side by side at GC. Ended up taking home the RBDR because it was 50 bucks cheaper and a 22 wouldn't really fit in my cymbal case and it sounded VERY close to the Paragon.
I still have (and use) a 20 A Custom Ping (although it can be "glassy" at times), and a regular K Custom Ride that has a wonderful ping. I used it recently at a few outdoor gigs and on the recordings made out front it sounded incredible--even better than the drivers seat!
One note about the RBDR--it ONLY sounds great (to me) with nylon tips. With wood it's too low-pitched and gongy, but nylon makes it really come alive and sparkle!!
Hmm...I'm glad I went with the RBDR after all. I do have to say that the RB really doesn't THRILL me when played by itself, unlike all of my other rides, but within the context of a band situation it sounds pretty awesome, and the bell is always killing!I found the paragon got lost in the mix as it was too dry for me