Silver Supporting Member
- Feb 20, 2019
- Reaction score
- Northern California
If you have more than one, let’s see them. (And if you have only one, The One, I envy you.)
I got some stands and put them around my practice pad kit to compare my rides sonically next to each other. Something I’ve never done. First off, I was surprised I have six. In this setting: No drums, no band, just a tag team battle royale of rides competing mano a mano with rides. For me, side by side, was a great way to understand my stable. I was pleased at how very different they were, and surprised which one I liked the best.
High Noon: 20” K Con Medium 1972 g.
1 o’clock: early 60’s 20” Avedis 1848 g.
5 o’clock: 20” K Custom Dark 2154 g.
7 o’clock: 20” late 60’s Avedis medium with three rivets 2143 g.
11 o’clock 21” Sabian HH Raw Bell Dry Ride about 3000 g.
Center: 20” K “Ride” 2418 g.
Clockwise from noon:
I haven’t yet bonded with the Constantinople. More my issues than the cymbal’s;
The dirty old A is really a great big crash and washy ride. Often comes to gigs as my left side ride/crash. (This is weaning me from over-crashing);
The K Custom Dark, I don’t like it by itself but really like it with a full band at medium volumes;
The Avedis sizzle: Really a lovely smooth shimmering sound, and I should play it more;
Raw Bell Dry Ride, my only Sabian and just a wonderful bar gig cymbal on stage with a rock band, darkish ping. Good for gently herding wayward band members;
And the winner is the K Ride in the middle. Only ride cymbal I’ve ever bought new. It’s just such a rideful, ridy, ridish ride. It sounds like what I’m trying to sing when I imitate a ride pattern on a drum part. It’s the most middle-of-the road, non-specialized ride I have. Can’t crash it, but it just works for what it’s supposed to do. To my ear it can handle “So What” or “What’s so Funny About Peace Love and Understanding”. And every stick mark on it is mine alone.
What do you have, and what am I missing?