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Drumshack Recommends: Top 12 Jazz Cymbals

Choosing the right cymbal for your set up is tough work. Considering the amount of variety that you can get today, it can be a bit of a mine field when searching for that perfect sound.

To make life just that little bit easier for you, we at Drumshack have come up with a short list of our favourite jazzers for your convenience. We’ve taken into account value for money, unique specifications and, most importantly, tonal quality and overall sound.

Please note, that all the cymbals below have not been placed in any particular order as it is completely subjective as to which is better for certain applications. The only way to be sure that a cymbal is right for you is to play it before you buy!

75istanbul2Istanbul Agop 30th Anniversary 20″ Ride Cymbal I30TH20

While not especially loud, the 20″ and 22″ 30th Anniversary ride from Istanbul has smouldering tonality perfect for jazz set-ups. Great stick definition and the bell sharpens the tone further. Each 30th Anniversary cymbal starts its life with its own unique hand-shaped bell.

Available from £330

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sabianSabian 21″ HH Crossover ride

Versatility without compromise. Semi-dark, musical tone with ride and crash capability and total stick articulation at all times. A bit of a wildcard since this wasn’t particularly designed with Jazz in mind but we at Drumshack found that the tone really speaks for itself.

Available from £319

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istanbulIstanbul Agop Signature 21″ or 22″ Ride

The Agop Signature Series cymbals are extremely dark, trashy, dry and complex. Istanbul’s Signature Ride provides you with an ultra dark sound and dry stick definition. Warm undertones with mellow crash/ride capabilities. More sizes available.

Available from £267

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75dreamblissDream Cymbal Bliss Series 20″ and 22″ Ride cymbals

Made in the traditional chinese style of cymbal, the Bliss series offers complex, dark tones with lively stick articulation that make gives them a warm, shimmer at low volumes and lets them crack and cut through at extreme volumes.

Bliss ride cymbals are heaver than the crash rides to provide you with enhanced stick articulation. Still crashable, particularly at high volumes, these Bliss cymbals are explosive! Dark and warm, these are extremely responsive whether you are playing soft or hard.

Available from £134.99

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MDBMurat Diril MDB series 20″ Ride

The MDB series combines the classic approach of cymbal making with the new. Due to the repeated lathing and deep and light hammers, it produces a unique balance of bright and Dark tones which is ideal for jazz applications.

 

Available from £216

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beautifulbabyZildjian Armand 19” ‘Beautiful Baby’ Ride Cymbal

Armand Zildjian’s favourite ride sound, features three rivet cluster and laser engraved Armand Zildjian Signature with his favourite expression, “Beautiful, Baby”. Zildjian has re-created the cymbal that Armand selected for himself and kept on his own drum kit.

Available from £284

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mastervintageBosphorus Master Vintage Series Ride Cymbals

Hand hammered but completely unlathed, the Master Vintage Series is characterized by its exotic, earthy stick sound and reduced overtones. Visually stunning with straight from the oven coloration. A cool primary voice, or a daring addition to a conventional setup

Available from £302

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istanbul3Istanbul Agop – Mel Lewis Signature Series 22″ Ride

Mel Lewis was Istanbul Agop’s first endorsee. After his death in 1990 and with the blessing of the family, Mel’s chosen cymbals were flown back to the factory and used as models for what would become his signature series.

Each detail of every individual cymbal has been taken in with exacting detail and replicated by the hands of Istanbul Agop’s Cymbal smiths. These cymbals are Istanbul Agop’s way of paying tribute to Mel’s legacy

Available from £301

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blackpearlDream Dark Matter Series Flat Earth Ride Cymbals (20″, 22″ and 24″ Available)

Dark Matter are heavy and totally un-lathed. While not at all gongy, they can ring a bit more than a traditional lighter cymbals. Stick response is fantastic. This particular model has been lathed under firing, micro bell, flat profile.

Available from £199.99

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arenaMurat Diril Arena series Ride

Arena series is sandblasted on top with a brilliant finish on the bottom, causing a vintage look with a high tonal contrast. Originally designed by the master himself gives a dry, and unique stick definition with rich tonality.

Thin cymbals with a clear stick definition and controlled sustain but still brilliant and crisp sound. Through special manufacturing processes, these features were implemented with the Arena series.

Available from £286

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bosphorusBosphorus Black Pearl Series Ride Cymbals

Introducing the newborn sister of the Master family. The Black Pearl Series is designed to have the clear stick definition of the Master Vintage Series combined with the rich sound of the legendary Master Series.

The cymbals controlled response and remarkable playability create the ultimate combination of tone and feel.

Available from £302

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Zildjian KEROPE Ride Cymbal 20″ / 22″

This is, in our opinion, one of the most versatile jazz rides available at Drumshack. And with good reason! Just cast your eyes over these specifications:

These hand crafted cymbals look as they sound – rich, dark, and complex.
Reminiscent of cymbals from the 50s and 60s yet distinctly modern and relevant for today’s music, the cymbal line is named in honor of Kerope Zildjian, who presided over one of the most storied periods in Zildjian history. From 1865 until his death in 1909 in Constantinople, Kerope continued to develop the classic K Zildjian sound, coveted by the world’s greatest drummers.

Available from £389

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