On my main kit I use two rides to my right: a 20" Zildjian A crash/ride and an 18" Zildjian A Uptown ride. To the left a 16" Zildjian A crash, 11" K Custom hybrid splash, and 14" K Custom hybrid hats. I just love the versatility that the two rides provide. The 18" Uptown ride is wonderful (but I found the 14" crash and 12" hats that come with the Zildjian City Pack to be too small for anything I do).Would an 18" cymbal be too small?
I guess my Ping ride should have weighed similar - however it had too much clunk for me. I bet your Dream would have sounded much better, since my 19" Paiste heavy (with similar thickness) sounds much better than my former clunker.
Yeah, I didn't put out my personal preferences when I made that ranked list earlier. My preference is 21, even though I'm primarily on a 22 as of last month. I have 19/20/21/22 sizes in the stable myself.Sweetwater currently lists 107 cymbal packs, and 55 of those have 20" rides - so a little more than half.
I think a lot of people start out with packs, and most of the lower priced packs have 20" rides.
So 20's are probably most popular still as a first ride.
In the past, 20's were almost universal for ride size.
For people who already have cymbals, I'm sure the trend is towards larger sizes.
Most of my playing time was with 20".
I had three 24" rides, but they're gone, and now I've got mostly 20/21/22, but have several smaller specialty rides too.
While I don't want to disavow "sheet" cymbals (Paiste has been doing a great job with them for years, and Zildjian's S Series has many merits as well), I agree that Zildjian As are hard to top as a go-to sound for multiple applications. The impressive body of work in which they've been used supports that sentiment.There is no better line of cymbals at any price point. Some will have special inking, and some get beat up with hand hammering to create a different sound; others have different lathing, still others are thicker or thinner and then there are the cymbals produced from sheet metal that have their place for entry level players. But there’s really no comparison when looking at quality, history and most importantly sound when considering a consistent line of cymbals.
Excellent observation! I tried having two 21"ers and it just didn't work. Your assessment of having a 2" differential b/w ride and crash is pretty spot on, although my 18" crash is 3" smaller than my 21" ride. But who's counting? It's all about the sound, right?I don't think I could do with smaller than 21, if only because I don't like my ride not being at least 2" larger than my bigger crash, and no way I'm going without a 19" crash
Good point, there are other lines that can certainly fill any drummer's quiver. I've tried many other models/levels of cymbals over the years but always came back to A's.While I don't want to disavow "sheet" cymbals (Paiste has been doing a great job with them for years, and Zildjian's S Series has many merits as well), I agree that Zildjian As are hard to top as a go-to sound for multiple applications. The impressive body of work in which they've been used demonstrates that sentiment.