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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

goodcat1337

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24" for me. I can also get by with a 22", but regardless of the size, they have to be pretty thin for me. I don't use the bell a whole lot, so most of my usage is for crash riding, or riding more on the bow. I like what @Gordogarbo said, I like my ride to blend and almost create a bed for the other instruments to lay on rather than cut through.
 

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Almost always a 20. for a while I was using 19s (A souldtone flat or a Sabian VFX) but 20 just seems right.
I have a 21" Cymbal Craftsman (a modded soultone) that i'm hoping to give some stand time too in a band situation.
 

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I typically use two 22s and an 18. In fact, I have more 5" cymbals than 20" cymbals! (hat pairs counted as one, but also hat singles...)
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Edit: just noticed I have a 20" swish as well, so it should be 2...
 

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For a long time, my main rides were 20". These days I'm just playing in the drum room on a 24" Paiste 2002. Prior to that I had my 22" 2002 set up, but when i swapped out the kits, I swapped the Rides as well. If I were gigging, I'd probably be back to the 22" or one of my 20" rides.
 

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I have a 21 and 20 but the 20 also crashes, however for a straight up ride I still like the 21 a little better. But I’ll use either.
 

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For decades, my only ride was a 22" 80s A Zildjian Ping. Sometime in the 90s, I switched to a 20" A Custom Ping. Then, I discovered the beauty of several 21" rides--Sabian AAX Stage, AA Raw Bell Dry, etc., but the 80s Ping is now mostly retired in favor of an old Sabian Universal Ride, 21", complete with Ed Shaughnessy caricature on the underside.


Dan
 

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For jazz gigs, I have one 21" (Impresssion prototype) that might have seen the most main rides duty the last years (the few gigs I had). Generally, I feel most comfortable with 20" though; I like crash rides.
 

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I played a 22 (Paiste 2002) for many years. Then I switched to 20's about 6 years ago (been mostly a K Con Light with 3 rivets). Recently, I acquired a 21" A Avedis that I just love and is now my main ride. If I'm using two rides on the kit, it's the 21" Avedis and the 20" K Con Light...
 

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I have been using my 21” Paiste Dark Energy Mk II on most every gig lately. Rehearsals would be my 20” Zildjian Rock Ride customized by Nicky Moon :)
 

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I replaced my 21" Zildjian Sweet Ride with a 22" Paiste Twenty Masters Crisp Ride, and took the Sweet Ride into Church. So those are my two.
 

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For me, it's either 20" or 21". Anything bigger than that, it starts getting too wobbly and hard to control.
 

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Just three so far. Zildjian '68 med/thin 70's heavy and 80's Ping. All 20's.
 

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I have rides from 18" to 24", but 22" is my go-to, unless the music calls for something else.


I replaced my 21" Zildjian Sweet Ride with a 22" Paiste Twenty Masters Crisp Ride, and took the Sweet Ride into Church. So those are my two.
How do you like the Crisp Ride? To me it sounds like a B20 near-equivalent of the 2002 ride, which is a good thing. Maybe slightly mellower ping? A good all-purpose ride. I've had my eye on one for a while now.
 

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For years, I had a 22 K Custom Medium Ride that I used for all high volume gigs, but these days I play quieter things. So pretty much always a medium thin 20. I still pull out a 22 or 24 for loud stuff.
 

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This one has been my go to for 20+ years. Crashable, great bell, not too dry, versatile. Does well in medium to low volume gigs. It’s pre-serial numbers so guess it’s a late 80’s? 20” K Ride. 2200 grams. Love it. Looking for another if anyone has leads.
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For years, I had a 22 K Custom Medium Ride that I used for all high volume gigs, but these days I play quieter things. So pretty much always a medium thin 20. I still pull out a 22 or 24 for loud stuff.
Larger diameter doesn’t equal louder. I have an Istanbul Mehmet 24” that is smooth and not loud. I recently sold a 20” old A that was quite loud.
 

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Larger diameter doesn’t equal louder. I have an Istanbul Mehmet 24” that is smooth and not loud. I recently sold a 20” old A that was quite loud.
I agree with you, it just so happens that my 24k light ride and 22 Medium Ride are louder than the 20 K Con I use for lighter gigs. I even sold my 22 K MTL because it was just a little loud for trio work. For me. I do have a 50s 20 A at about 2000g that is perfect for medium volume stuff both as a crash and ride.
 

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Every time I see this threads title, I read it like;

What size ride do you mostly play?….mostly.​

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