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What size ride do you mostly play?

What size ride do you most often use?

  • 20”

    Votes: 42 32.1%
  • 21”

    Votes: 20 15.3%
  • 22”

    Votes: 55 42.0%
  • 24”

    Votes: 13 9.9%
  • Something else

    Votes: 1 0.8%

  • Total voters
    131

lossforgain

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I feel like popular ride sizes have changed over time, want to see if I’m right. What size ride do you most often use?
 

Skyrm

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My main ride currently is a vintage A Zildjian Rock21. I also had one of those back in the 70's and 80's, but got rid of it, stupidly. Through the years I have also owned a 21" A Sweet Ride and a 21" Sabian AA Dry Ride.

Previous rides I owned were a Paiste 20" Rude Ride/Crash and a 22" K Custom Dark Ride. I'd say 21" is really my preferred size.

Though...My new 20" Paiste 602 Medium Flat use gets used a lot on my current church gig. Those don't come in odd sizes.
 

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21" only because that's all I've got. 21 K Custom Hybrid. 21 A 70s. 21 A 60s.

I have my eye on a 60s 22 A, but I'm forcing myself to sell a few other cymbals first.

Then again, maybe I should be going down to 20 based on some of these responses...
 

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I own four ride cymbals, two of which I have on my drumset at any given time. My 22" Zildjian K Con Bounce is always on the drumset, while the other position is occupied by:
  • a 22" Zildjian K Ride (about 75% of the time), OR
  • a 20" Zildjian Take Five Reissue Ride (about 24% of the time), OR
  • a 22" Zildjian K Heavy Ride (when required, maybe 1% of the time)
In fact I only bought the 20" Take Five Reissue Ride earlier this year — it's the first 20" ride I've owned in 34 years. All the rest have been 22s, which is why I voted for 22".
 

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Favorite sounding is a 24, but the 20 is most convenient so it always gets to travel to the gigs. The trade off is negligible so gotta go with ease of transport and ergonomics.
 

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I only own one ride right now(20" Zildjian K Heavy from the 90's) but I prefer 22's. Just holding out for the right one.
 

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The most sturdiest cymbal protective bags always turned out to be 24” for me, so I didn’t mind getting this size as ride.

This is the K Con Sound Lab prototype and it serves me well.

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I’m pretty evenly split between 22 and 24. I have 2x 24’s now and I think 4x 22’s. I usually have a 24 as my main ride and 1 or 2 of the 22’s as a second ride and/or crash ride.
 

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All but 1 of my "ride cymbals" are 20's. I tried for a long time to get into 22's, but I find the pitch to be too low to my ear.
 

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All but 1 of my "ride cymbals" are 20's. I tried for a long time to get into 22's, but I find the pitch to be too low to my ear.
Ha, that’s exactly why I play 22-24 I tend to dislike how high pitched most 20’s are. They just feel piercing and abrasive to me. I understand that they cut through a loud band better, but I don’t really want to cut, I want to blend with the music:)
 

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Most Cymbalholics like the big bronze. It’s more surface area to explore. Seemed to start with Tony. 22s can provide lots of different sounds…think Paul Motian when he went to the 22 as the main.
 

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I have probably close to 100 ride cymbals of all sizes at this point, but I primarily go for 22" rides of all makers. That is the size that feels the most natural to me in most playing circumstances.
 

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I play either a 18" or 20" usually but lately tried a 19".
 


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