Hello Cymbal fans and jazz heads! Thanks for checking out my channel. This is a non-scientific comparison of 10 ride cymbals. The goal was not finding out which one is best. None of them are the best. However, they all are great. But you may find, as I did, that you like some more or less than the others. The goal was not to compare brands. All brands make great cymbals these days. It seems pretty easy to open a cymbal business in Turkey. I think the secret is out….way out!
The goal was to hear several different ride cymbals and be able to listen to them in the same context. I like all of these cymbals individually and pick out certain cymbals for specific songs or moods. I was curious though how I would feel about them if they were all lined up together played over a fairly common standard with a steady jazz groove. Would I like any of them more or less?
The answer was that I pretty much liked each one as soon as I heard it and dug the mood/groove it created. I was intrigued how two cymbals that are very different can both sound so good in the same context. It was also interesting to hear two cymbals of the same model have different textures and create a different feeling in the music. Most of them ( 8 of 10 ) get me excited. The other two sound good and I like them. But maybe in this context they are a little lacking or just not as strong as others and that’s okay. They are what they are. I can’t ask them to be anything else, and that’s why my collection has grown to include a wide variety. It’s also my ear. Everyone will hear the same things, but will interpret it based on their knowledge of cymbals, music, and jazz and will come to their own conclusion of what they like. Some may even be blinded by the labels of the companies, models, size, or gram weights. All of that is okay because it’s how we learn and process information. However, don’t be afraid to have an open mind and maybe watch with your eyes closed to see if you feel differently about your favorites.
I hope everyone that watches this either learns something about cymbals they had not heard before or at least enjoys the presentation. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and let me know what you hear!
The music is performed by:
Stan Getz: Sax
Oscar Peterson: Piano
Ray Brown: Bass
Herb Ellis: Guitar
It’s from an album called Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio – I recommend everyone buy this album.
All other credits are listed in the video.
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