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Zildjian K Custom or Paiste Signature Light Dark Ride for studio?
Old 31st December 2008
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Zildjian K Custom or Paiste Signature Light Dark Ride for studio?

I'm looking for a ride for studio use, and I'm torn between these two. I'm not a drummer, but as of now I have a Ludwig Fab Four Classic Maple Bop 4-piece and a pair of Paiste Dark Crisp hi-hats.
Old 31st December 2008
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I am a fan of the K series in general.... not like in the Facebook kinda way.

They are very complex and dark and they record really well.
Old 31st December 2008
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I really like Paiste 2002 series. Check them out.
Old 1st January 2009
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Opinions... Sabian HHX.
Old 11th January 2009
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The Paiste will be more consistent with your hats but I like the K better. It's best to test out cymbals before buying, their sound can vary a lot within a single model.

You get more cymbal for your money if you buy Sabian, and being owned by a branch of the Zildjian family, they are very much in that tradition. Some would say more so than Zildjian these days. I personally prefer totally handmade Turkish cymbals like Bosphorus and Istanbul.
Old 11th January 2009
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I could never get my ears around (ouch... painful!) the Sabian sound until their more recent stuff, within the last 5-8 years. The only exception was the DeJohnette ride, which is a cool, short, pangy cymbal. Then again I don't think it would work for rock.

Using a 20" K ride here for the last 16 years. Just a regular K, not heavy, medium, custom or anything, but I would like to get some variety. I also have a UFIP medium heavy flat ride which has good stick definition and ping, but I wish it had a bell. When I first played it I even reached for the bell like a lost limb or something. Thought I could live with it, but it will be going back to the drum shop to see what I can get for it.

I'll be looking for a good rock ride this year. Must be more cutting than my K and have a deep ping, a little wash, and a great bell. The Stewart Copeland Paiste might be great.
Old 16th February 2009
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I just finished a session today where we used K custom dark crashes, we tried the k custom dark ride, which sounded great, but thought the Sabian HHX Evolution 20" ride sounded fantastic and really blended well with our setup.
Old 16th February 2009
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I think it's hard to decide on a ride based on the name of a series.
I think it's best to look around, audition a few cymbals and choose something (from any company) that works for you.
I record with a bunch of rides, vintage and contemporary.
Old 16th February 2009
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For general purpose rides I find 20” Paiste 2002’s to be work quite well. The 24” 2002 rides sound great as but may be a little much for lighter flavors. For some reason, I’ve never played a 22” 2002 that I liked.
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