Zildjian K Series Ride - 20"

20" K Series Ride Cymbal - Traditional Finish
Zildjian K Series Ride - 20
Zildjian K Series Ride - 20
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Sweet Tone and Balanced Sound

This Zildjian 20" K Series Ride cymbal gives you the essence of Zildjian's K Series sound. Originally developed by Kerope Zildjian in 19th Century Turkey, the deep, dry, and shimmering sound of K Series cymbals has been a mainstay of jazz drumming, finding favor among such legendary drummers as Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams. Thanks to its unique bronze alloy and elaborately hammered surface, this Zildjian 20" K Ride provides you with a truly inspiring range of tone and expression that lets you play it any way you like. You're going to be glad you added a Zildjian 20" K Series Ride cymbal to your kit.

Cast bronze cymbals provide premium tone and projection

Made from a secret alloy (comprised of copper, tin, and traces of silver), this Zildjian 20" K Series Ride was individually cast and shaped via a complex sequence of heating, rolling, shaping, hammering, and lathing. It's painstaking techniques and traditional methods like this that give each Zildjian 20" K Series Ride its unique tone and broad range of expression. Cast bronze cymbals such as the 20" K Series Ride present you with a rich, full-bodied sound that only improves with age. They also provide you with exceptional projection, clarity, and durability that far outstrips most other cymbals.

Zildjian 20" K Series Ride Cymbal Features:
  • A great ride cymbal for jazz and other contemporary musical styles
  • Hammered and lathed surface allows sound to ring out with full dynamic expression
  • Traditional finish looks stunning and patinas naturally
  • Perfect for players of all skill levels
  • Made using traditional techniques developed in the 19th century by Kerope Zildjian
Add a sweet, rich, and expressive ride cymbal to your kit with a Zildjian 20" K Series Ride from Sweetwater!

Tech Specs

Type Ride
Size 20"
Weight Medium
Finish Traditional
Volume General
Sound Medium Dark
Sustain Medium
Bell Size Medium
Pitch Low to Mid
Balance Blend
Manufacturer Part Number K0817

Customer Reviews

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Delivers a rich wash with a great lower pitched ping. The bell is clear with good projection and very musical The cymbal delivers nice crashes so it's very versatile. Recommended for jazz and funk.

Mellow and humble

The Zildjian K series 20" ride works extremely well for recording drums where the kit cuts and the cymbals sit. For players with a refined sense of velocity in their strokes. For 'riding', I found the 20" to best match the sound I imagine for a ride: cuts in a smooth way, no brittle attack, ping blends into wash. Responsive to your touch; can play like a jazz ride if you accent your notes, or like a rock ride if you ping like a rock drummer. For crash/riding the 22" SEEMED ideal but the 20" won the shootout with its overtones in a guitar-heavy track. Very slightly less gong-like than the 22" though a drummer would notice more than a listener. If you want to "fill out the sound" during solos, the 22" might suit you. Much less bright than the 20" A Custom ride but you should hear for yourself the blend of crisp and mellow. Demo in your room before you buy, or return in 30 days and try the different sizes. As far as durability, not sure how much abuse this guy can handle. Seems about average 3 months into playing it regularly. I'm afraid to bang into the thing like I have with Zildjian As, but fortunately it crashes extremely well with softer controlled blows. For versatility, this is just bright enough to work with A Custom hats or a crash if need be, too mellow for K Customs. As always, best suited with Ks. In my room, it makes Sabians seem metallic when mixing the two manufacturers. Play it with your kit in your room before you buy it.
Music background: Recording engineer, drummer
See also: cymbal ride, Zildjian, Zildjian Ride Cymbals