Zildjian L80 Low Volume Ride Cymbal - 20"

Low-volume 20" Ride Cymbal with Matte Finish
Zildjian L80 Low Volume Ride Cymbal - 20
Zildjian L80 Low Volume Ride Cymbal - 20
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Zildjian L80 Low Volume Ride Cymbal - 20"
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Practice Longer, Later, and Safer with L80s

Zildjian L80 Low Volume cymbals are real cymbals that play at a reduced volume — up to 80% less volume — thanks to a unique perforated pattern. This means you can play them exactly how you play any other cymbal, using any stick, mallet, or brush in your stick bag. Unlike cymbals with foam mutes, the 20" Zildjian L80 ride is vibrant and responsive and will make your precious practice hours translate into better performances. It's the obvious solution for quiet rehearsals and late-night practice at home. Get real cymbal feel and sound at a reduced volume with the 20" Zildjian L80 Low Volume ride.

Get Gen16 volume reduction for less money

Zildjian hit a home run with its line of Gen16 electronic cymbals. Now you can get a similar low-volume, great-playing cymbal (minus the electronics but with added affordability) in the Zildjian 20" L80 ride. Zildjian's L80 cymbals are crafted to behave like a real cymbal for satisfying practice sessions.

Make your practice hours count

Apartments, dorm rooms, and shared practice spaces are prime candidates for the 20" Zildjian L80 ride cymbal. Paired with mesh heads or drum mutes, this cymbal dramatically reduces your sonic footprint wherever you jam.

Zildjian L80 Low Volume 20" Ride Cymbal Features:

  • Up to 80% quieter than traditional Zildjian ride cymbals
  • Sweetwater recommended for apartments, dorm rooms, and shared practice spaces
  • Sounds and responds like a real acoustic cymbal
  • Can be played with any stick, mallet, or technique
  • Specially crafted for practice and low-volume rehearsals
  • Protects your hearing
  • Proudly made in the USA

Tech Specs

Type Ride
Size 20"
Finish Matte
Volume Low
Manufacturer Part Number LV8020R-S

Customer Reviews

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Excellent Option For Practice or Gigs

I've owned a set of Zildjian's Low Volume cymbals for about 1-year, and I'm very impressed. They sound great, are VERY quiet, and are extremely durable. Perfect for practice or small gigs. If they are too quiet for you, then mic them with a good stage mic, and you're good to go. The only downside that I can think of is that the finish starts to turn a little dark after prolonged use... however, it does not affect the sound quality in any way. Another issue is that the bell on the ride cymbal does not sound like a traditional bell. But, the rest of the ride sounds excellent. The Low Volume cymbals sound like the Zildjian A's, at a much lower volume. If you want something brighter or louder, try the Gen 16's. If you're trying to decide between an electronic cymbal and these, go with the Zildjian Low Volume Series! They feel like real cymbals.
Music background: 25 Year Pro

Great for some applications

Absolutely fantastic sound acoustically! The volume level is great. Nice bright "ping" with wood or nylon tips - the perforations snag a bit with brushes or multi-rods, but that's to be expected. Rapid decay of the high-frequency components. The mids/low-mids are significantly attenuated (as I want them to be), but decay much slower, so close mic-ing these L80s is not recommended, If you must close mic them, be sure to put a gate on the cymbal mic. These are good for quiet venues, practice and recordings. Overalll, I'm very happy with these cymbals. They are truly low volume and they sound great. I ordered other L80s from Amazon, who messed up the order - that never happens with Sweetwater! Shoulda stuck with Sweetwater for the whole thing - lesson learned... :)
Music background: Recording Engineer

Works as advertised

I bought these for church since we don't have a drum cage. If you want quiet, these are quiet. They have enough of a cymbal quality and it's quiet. I mic each cymbal and let the sound engineer have full control of the drums. This allows the engineer to run sound at 85db which is on the loud side for most churches, but it doesn't feel loud since the cymbals are sooo quiet. The drummers aren't thrilled with these cymbals since it doesn't sound as good as regular cymbals, but the trade off is that they can use sticks instead of hotrods. If you want cymbals for rehearsal, these are 5 stars. If you want to use them for a gig, these are 4.5 because they are a little too quiet. My only wish is that Zildjian made cymbals that weren't as low volume for church. Then I'd be in heaven.
Music background: Berklee

Practice cymbal is as advertised!

Just what you would expect from this Zildjian. Delivered as advertised. This is quiet and definitely has a different tone than the 18" crash. Great practice and quiet. Sweet Water also delights me with quick and professional service.
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