Searching for the perfect Ride Cymbal can be something akin to searching for the Holy Grail. You think you may have found it, and are perfectly happy, until bam…you hear something else that catches your ear and you must add that sound to your collection. Trust us, we understand the subtle differences. That’s why Zildjian carries upwards of 75 Ride models in our current catalog and have created, tweaked, revisited, and revised many, many more over the years.
That being said, we also understand "option anxiety" and know that deciding which Ride Cymbal works best for you can be daunting. To help narrow down your choices, or introduce you to a model you may not have considered, we reached out to our Artist Family to ask which Ride they use, specifically on tour, and why it works for them.
If you're on the hunt, here are 21 popular Ride models that you might want to consider “test driving” yourself at your local Zildjian Dealer!
23” Sweet Ride
Simon Scheibel – Germany, Lake Cisco
When you play that Ride Cymbal and hear that sound, the word “sweet” gets a whole new meaning and you'll immediately understand what sweet really means.
John Tempesta – USA, The Cult
I used it on the entire Cult tour and it has everything I want in a Ride Cymbal. Great stick definition, cutting bell and great overall wash.
20” K Custom Dark Ride
Roberto Gualdi – Italy, Independent
I like it because it's warm, dark, with great stick definition and a beautiful warm overtone when I Crash it.
21” Sweet Ride Brilliant
Ivan Panella – Italy, Toya Delazy:
I really love the 21” A Zildjian Sweet Brilliant Ride when I play live with my band. It sounds explosive, with a beautiful brilliant finish, and a sweet bell on it. It’s an AMAZING Cymbal!
22” K Constantinople Medium Ride
Daniel Platzman – USA, Imagine Dragons
Great tone, rich and complex while not too bright, and it Crashes great!
Rick Jupp – UK, Elbow
This cymbal is amazing! Really lovely tones and flavors, but with lots of control. A beautifully dynamic cymbal, perfect for our sound.
Lucas van Merwijk – Germany, Independent
I have a whole lot of Ride Cymbals but right now I’m using the 22” K Constantinople Medium Thin Ride High, more than the others. It has it all! Great mix of low and high frequencies!
24” A Zildjian Medium Ride
Tobias Derer – Germany, You Tuber – Ultimate Music Covers (UMC)
It sounds nice, is huge and cuts great.
24” K Light Ride
Atom Willard – USA, Against Me
This thing is everything I need for Crash Riding and gives enough bell when I need it. It's loud but not harsh and has an incredible sustain.
20” K Zildjian Crash Ride
Grant Gerathy – Australia, John Butler Trio
I only use two cymbals and with the 20” K Zildjian Crash Ride cymbal, I could use only one. It has amazing dynamic range, from whisper quiet tip playing to washing out through solo sections. The bell cuts through anything.
21” Mega Bell Ride
Ben Gordon – Australia, Parkway Drive
It's the loudest bell in the game!
Mike Gaspar – Portugal, Moonspell
I have always loved an intense, defined, hammering Ride sound. So since 2003, when I was welcomed to the Zildjian Family, I have used it for live and studio work. I just love it.
20” A Custom Ride
James Payne – Italy, Hiss From the Moat
I love how detailed it remains even when I play many strokes during blast beats.
Alex Saliner – Australia, Deez Nuts
The 20” A Custom Ride is my favorite to play live by far. It lasts longer than any other cymbal. I crash on my Ride for the most part, so Rides don't last me to long, but the 20” A Custom Ride has held up the best.
22” K Ride
Vasily Rudenko – Russia, Independent
I prefer it because of the great ping, light Crash sound and good, big bell for accents. In my opinion, it's the best choice for all styles of music. I'm using it in the studio and on the stage. It's simply a classic!
22” A Custom Ride
Nikki Glaspie - USA, The Nth Power
I love my ride. It is my favorite cymbal in my arsenal. I can beat the living day lights out of it and it seems the harder I hit it, the better it sounds. The bell cuts through screaming guitars and it crashes loud enough to match a blaring organ.
Steve White – UK, Independent/Trio Valore
My 20” Kerope is a new addition to my set up and I just love it. It’s versatile; I can crash it, ride it and it has a great wash.
20” K Ride
Matt Greiner – USA, August Burns Red
I like how it's heavier than a lot other Rides and has great stick definition in the fast and aggressive sounding parts where I need that stick pattern to stand out.
Gavin Harrison – UK, Porcupine Tree/King Crimson
It really is the most versatile Ride I've ever had. I can play any style or volume on it without it sounding out of place.
20” K Constantinople Renaissance Ride
Adam Nussbaum – USA, The Impossible Gentlemen
My 20” Renaissance Ride gives great support to the band with great stick definition, and also allows me to hear the music.
Ash Soan – UK, Recording Artist
At the moment my 22" Kerope is my go to. It captures the sound I have in my head and from records that I remember, but at the same time has a new twist to it.
22” K Custom High Definition Dry Ride
Marito Marques – Portugal, Independent
I can really easily control the dynamics with it. I love the attack and the dry sound it produces.
20” A Custom Medium Ride
Toni Mateos – Spain, Independent
Its bright and defined sound helps me direct the dynamics and tempo of the band.
20” K Heavy Ride
Jason Bittner – USA, Shadows Fall/Flotsam & Jetsam
They sound great and are the most versatile Rides I've used. I can play Death Metal, Thrash, Fusion, Jazz and Latin on the same cymbal!
22” K Light Ride
Joe Clegg – UK, Ellie Goulding
For me it has the perfect blend of stick definition, vintage warmth, bell clarity and Crash-ability! Perfect for my current gig with Ellie Goulding!
21” A Custom Anniversary Ride
Jacopo Volpe – Italy, Vanilla Sky
Amazing bell, good ping and there's an incredible response when you use it as a Crash!
21” K Custom Organic Ride
Pat Petrillo – USA, Independent
It has the versatility and stick articulation I need with a larger, crystal clear bell for playing patterns. The brilliant-finish bottom opens up the sound to deliver a functional crash.
So there you have it. Honest, road tested feedback from our Artist Family who are hands on with our Cymbals everyday of their lives. Of course there’s no substitute for putting wood to metal at your local Zildjian Dealer, so if something here has piqued your interest, get down to your drum shop to try it out for yourself!
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