37 “Go To” Rides for Playing Live
Still in search of the perfect Ride Cymbal for your live gigs? Here's 37 "road tested" options that work best for Zildjian Artists around the world.
1. Toni Mateos – Spain, Independent
20" A Custom Medium Ride. Its bright and defined sound helps me direct the dynamics and tempo of the band.
2. Jason Bittner – USA, Shadows Fall
20" K Heavy Ride or 20" K Custom Ride. 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!! For heavy playing, the A Custom Mega Bell Ride is great - but my prototype (thanks Paul Francis) which is half the thickness of the regular model and un-lathed to give it a very "dirty" look - kinda like and Earth Ride (another of my fave).
3. Gavin Harrison – UK, Porcupine Tree/King Crimson
20” K Ride. 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.
4. Gino Banks – India, Independent
22" K Custom Medium Ride. Works for everything.
5. Darshan Doshi – India, Bollywood/Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
20" K Ride.
6. Stephen Perkins – USA, Janes Addiction
22” K Custom Ride- Clean, articulate, crisp, loud, slow and mellow overtones, precise, pure sticking projection, all around powerful and sensitive.
7. Jacopo Volpe – Italy, Vanilla Sky
21” A Custom 20th Anniversary Ride. Amazing bell, good ping and there's an incredible response when you use it as a Crash!
8. Atom Willard – USA, Against Me
24" K Light Ride. 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.
9. Joe Clegg – UK, Ellie Goulding
22" K Light Ride. 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!
10. Marito Marques – Portugal, Independent
My favorite is the K Custom High Definition Dry Ride. I can really easily control the dynamics with it. I love the attack and the dry sound it produces.
11. John Tempesta – USA, The Cult
My 23" A Zildjian Sweet Ride. I used it on the entire Cult-Electric and it has everything I want in a Ride Cymbal. Great stick definition, cutting bell and great overall wash.
12. Gary Husband – UK, Independent
I'm changing up constantly, depending on what I'm playing, and I play many different kinds of music! My favorite cymbal size for Big Band work, Fusion work, Jazz work, Rock work, etc is usually always a 22" size Ride. I often play either generation of Dry Complex Rides in Jazz playing, and as a secondary Ride cymbal for big bands as well. A Customs suit me very well for Rock or heavier music. I have a tendency to play a K Light Ride often too, as it's "soft" enough to push in various music styles and doesn't have such a dominant spread.
13. Ivan Panella – Italy, Hopes Die Last
I really love the 21” A Zildjian Sweet Brilliant Ride when I play live with my band Hopes Die Last. Sounds explosive, brilliant finish, sweet bell on it. It’s an AMAZING Cymbal!
14. James Payne – Italy, Hour Of Penance
20” A Custom Ride. I love how detailed it remains even when I play many strokes during blast beats.
15. Grant Gerathy – Australia, John Butler Trio
20” K Zildjian Crash Ride. I only use two cymbals and with this cymbal I could even use only one. It has amazing dynamic range. From whisper quiet tip playing to washing out through solo sections. The bell cuts through anything.
16. 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.
17. Ian Matthews – UK, Kasabian
22" K Custom Ride. I can crash it, and I can ping it and I can make it go “ching” too.
18. Kristinn "Kiddi" Agnarsson – Iceland, John Grant
22” K Dark Thin Ride. It's a cymbal that works for many different occasions and settings.
19. Steve White – UK, Independent/Trio Valore
My 20” Kerope, which 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. I also love my 22” K Constantinople Renaissance Ride, another beauty with lovely stick definition.
20. Fredrik Larzon – Sweden, Millencolin
The 20” A Zildjian Sweet Ride. It's great for playing both tip and crash. Very well rounded and useful.
21. Steve Judd – Australia, Karnivool
21" K Crash Ride.
22. Daniel Hanson – Australia, Ball Park Music
Currently I'm using a 21" A Custom Rezo Ride. It cuts through amazingly and performs really well in the ride area and while being crashed. It's nice to have such a large cymbal that can still perform both these roles with great power and clarity.
23. Daniel Platzman – USA, Imagine Dragons
22” K Constantinople RIde. Great tone, rich and complex while not too bright, and it crashes great!
24. Antonio Sanchez – USA, Pat Metheny
I have a few. There’s a 22” Medium Thin Ride, High and a 22” Medium Thin, Low that I've had for a long time. A 22” Left Side Ride. A 21” Vintage K from the 50's and a 22' A Custom Flat Ride that Zildjian made for me back in 2001. All of them have two rivets each. They all speak great live. Great stick definition and the rivets give them the added sustain that I like.
25. Roberto Gualdi – Italy, Independent
20" K Custom Dark Ride. I like it because it's warm, dark, with great stick definition and with a beautiful warm overtone when I crash it.
26. Rick Jupp – UK, Elbow
22" K Constantinople Medium Ride… This cymbal is amazing! Really lovely tones and flavors, but with lots of control. A beautifully dynamic cymbal, perfect for our sound.
27. Vasily Rudenko – Russia, Elvira T
My favorite Ride Cymbal is 22” K Ride. I prefer it because of the great ping, lightly crashy sound and a good big bell for accents. In my opinion it's the best choice for the all style of music, and I'm using it in studio and on the stage. It's simply a classic!
28. Matt Greiner – USA, August Burns Red
20” K Zildjian Ride. 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.
29. 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 I remember, but at the same time has a new twist too.
30. Ben Gordon – Australia, Parkway Drive
21" A Zildjian Mega Bell Ride. Why? Because it's the loudest bell in the game!
31. Mike Gaspar – Portugal, Moonspell
21” Z Custom Mega Bell Ride!!! 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 in studio work. I just love it. It´s the most reliable cymbal I have in my collection and one that I have never cracked! I even donated one to the Hard Rock Memorabilia Restaurant in Lisbon and it’s displayed in the restaurant! It’s an honor to have such a great creation.
32. Bunta (Tatsuya Sugawara) TOTALFAT -
21" A Zildjian Ride - It sounds tight and I love the way the cup sounds.
33. Pierre Nakano – Japan, Ling Toshite Sigure
20” A Custom Ping Ride. The chip sound is clear and also the clash sound is dynamic.
34. Nicolas Viccaro – France, Independent
22" K Custom Dark Complex Ride because of the many different functions of this particular Ride.
35. Tobias Derer – Germany, You Tuber – Ultimate Music Covers (UMC)
24" A Zildjian Medium Ride because it sounds nice, is huge and cuts enough.
36. 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!
37. Simon Scheibel – Germany, Lake Cisco
The 23“ A Zildjian Sweet Ride. When you play that Ride cymbal and hear that sound, the word “sweet” gets a new meaning and you´ll immediately understand what sweet really means.
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