Cymbals are as much a part of your percussion kit as the drums themselves, and like those drums, each style has a specific role to play in the overall performance. For ride cymbals, the name really says it all: these are the ones that you'll "ride" with the sticks (or brushes) through those longer passages, making them almost like the cymbal equivalent of a snare. And since most types of cymbals range from paper-thin to heavy, you'll want to start with this lineup of medium-thin ride cymbals if you're the type of drummer who likes a cymbal light, but not too light.
One of the best places to use medium-thin rides is in the recording room. A heavier cymbal can be loud enough to get the better of sensitive microphones, and the added sustain may sound great onstage, but a recorded track is a whole different beast. Of course, even in live performances there are opportunities for medium-thin cymbals to shine - for instance, maybe you're playing in tight venues where you'd end up drowning out the vocalist. Or perhaps your musical style is fast-paced, and the quick, controlled attack of a lighter cymbal is more valuable than the volume and sustain of a heavier one. As always, it comes down to what fits best in each situation.
There's just one thing left to do once you've decided on the light, nimble sound of medium-thin ride cymbals: picking out the perfect choice for your setup. It's not a decision to take lightly since these are some of the most complex-sounding cymbals around, but don't worry - there's something for everybody. Maybe you'll like the gritty, dark look and sound of the Meinl Byzance Vintage Pure Light Ride Cymbal? Or how about the classic, pristine character of the Zildjian A Series Sweet Ride in Brilliant Finish? Take a look through all the cymbals in the section - your next ride is probably waiting here to be found.
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