Every "crash/ride" cymbal that I have played has had a very disappointing "ride" sound. I just haven't tried any that have a bright enough "ping" for me. In contrast, I have heard many crashes that have a pleasing "ride" quality. Don't think that that only applies to larger cymbals... My two "main" crashes are 16" and 18" Sabian AAXplosions, and the 16" has a MUCH nicer "ride" sound when ridden on the bell. If you rarely need a ride, and you have a crash that gives you a ride sound that agrees with you and your music, then why spend the extra (hard-earned) dough?