I purchased this particular ride cymbal from C&C Drum and Guitar in Lawrence, Kansas, in the Fall of 1998. I traded a well-used 20" Zildjian Medium Ride for this cymbal, plus about $50.00.
First, let me say that I am a die-hard Zildjian Cymbal lover, and have been for all 12 years of my playing. However, there came a day when I grew weary of the heavy wash, and "after taste" (as I like to call it) that my Zildjian 20" Medium Ride was making when I was using it in a funk setting. To me, it just seemed like there was never any decay in the cymbal; it rang on and on through the quietest parts of the music, and basically became a nuisence on stage. Of course, keep in mind that I was only 18 when this was occuring, but I guess you might say that I've always had a strict ear when it came to that "perfect" ride cymbal. At that point within my band, my 20" Medium Ride from the long-loved Zildjian company---just wasn't cutting it. So began "The Search for the Perfect Ride Cymbal." (Modern Drummer, June, 1997)
This is why I was so thrilled to write about my findings: The VERY first cymbal I happened upon in my search, is the same cymbal that's on my kit right now. I walked up a flight of stairs in downtown Lawrence, Kansas, (Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!!) and ended up in the most wonderful sanctum for all things musically retail, and sat down behind a now-defunct Kansas City Drumworks custom drum kit. Behold, the perfect ride cymbal is here. I selected first a pair of brushes, and began doing a simple swing triplet pattern. Heaven began smiling at this point, I think. The beauty of the tones produced by this gorgeous Sabian 21" Dry Ride was enough to take your breath away. It had (and still does) such a light, subtle wash to it, that sits way down in the "low" register. It's almost reminisent of a 20 or 21" Zildjian K Heavy, but brighter--sweeter--more melodious. This continued on for several more minutes, and before long, I reached for a pair of Pro-Mark Hot Rods, and began just some simple 8th notes. What a catch! These tones had a very light, "clicky" sound, with a sort of bell-like undercurrent. You could hit it just once like this and get off on the wash that was left over for almost a full 90 seconds. Next was the stick test. I just used my good 'ole Vic Firth 5B Extremes, and these handled every bit as lusciously. This created a very rounded and blissful "ping," but not like a Ping ride. It had more of a "pang" up front, and on the decay, that's when the ping would start up. Here's my favorite: A pair of vibe mallets on a swell. Sweet! I believe that a swell on this ride sounds even better than a typical crash cymbal swell.
Well, anyway, that's my story of how I found what's, in my own humble opinion, "the perfect ride cymbal," the 21" Sabian Dry Ride. I give it 10 stars out of a possible 5!!
Salt Lake City UT
There is absolutely nothing I don't like about this unit. To me, it's perfect. I only wish I had two of them.
The construction is whatever Sabian makes their ride cymbals out of. I don't want to speculate. I bought this cymbal used, so it didn't come with any papers that described its construction. The quality is stunning!
To all drummers: PLEASE experiment with a 21" Sabian Dry Ride. You have my word; "you won't regret it!"
I use it since 1989!
Never any other ride for a powerful ping on the bell.
It is ultra clean and super dry (but it is in the name of the beast!)
Terrific for the energetic music. Jazzeux ... go your way.
A NOT crash, it's awful.
Excellent, I do resell Never!
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micsandow's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I use it for almost 3 years.
-What I like most is the "ping" it, it is quite accurate and has a terrible sound when you hit on the edge. The sound of the bell I really like. A little hard to control volume at the beginning if it was used to model even more "dry".
"I tried the ride in hh leopard but I wanted a more" rock ". Zildjian models also terrible, but too expensive for my budget.
-Good value for money. Bought new € 260.
I would do this choice or would turn towards a signature Ed Shaugnessy 21 "a little more expensive.