I’ve been using the Sabian AA Heavy Ride cymbal for about a year or so for recording and while I myself am not a drummer, I have worked extensively with this cymbal for recording in my home studio. The tone color of the Sabian AA Heavy Ride is pretty awesome and is perfect for rock and roll as well as a variety of other genres. The sound of the cymbal can be described as extremely full with a great deal of low presence as far as ride cymbals are concerned. While maybe not the best choice for an overall ride cymbal for all genres because of this unique, heavy tone quality to it, it excels at what it is good at and is a perfect addition for the drummer looking to get a variety of different sounding ride cymbals for different applications. This being said, it will work fine in any situation that you decide to use it is I just believe it is best for rock and you are probably better off get a more versatile cymbal if you are going to be using it as your only ride cymbal and are going top be playing a variety of different styles. While I haven’t personally used the Sabian AA Heavy Ride for live shows, the drummer that I record with who has this cymbal loves to bring it out for live shows as well as for recording. The price of the Sabian AA Heavy Ride is very reasonable and is therefore capable of being brought out on the road and for gigs without the fear of breaking an expensive cymbal. Sabian is a leader in the world of cymbals, making all different types of cymbals for all sorts of genres and applications and I would strongly encourage drummers to go to the store to try out the cymbal before you buy it because each and every cymbal is different. All in all, the Sabian AA Heavy Ride is a great sounding ride cymbal that is a great addition to any drummer’s arsenal.