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K Custom Dry Complex Ride Cymbals

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K Custom Dry Complex Ride Cymbals

One size definitely does not fit all with cymbals-one drummer’s Alpo might very well be another rhythm player’s Chateaubriand. I raise this point because these two newest 22-inch additions to Zildjian’s K Custom line of specialized ride cymbals are so far off the beaten path, so wrong-is-right in design and execution, that when I began playing them for another drummer, the first words out of his mouth were, “Sounds like a broken cymbal.” And he meant that as a compliment!

The product of extended sonic collaborations between hard-swinging jazz drummer Bill Stewart and Zildjian Sound Labs’ master craftsman/designer Paul Francis, the K Custom Dry Complex rides come in both thin and medium-thin configurations. They reflect Francis’ remarkably original vision of the modern cymbal, as expressed in several fascinating instruments such as the K Custom Dry Light ride, a complete line of K Custom Special Dry rides, crashes and hi-hats and Zildjian’s wildly popular K Constantinople line. Still, as much as I admire Francis’ handiwork, the first time I played these cymbals they sounded so bizarre I was initially quite put off by the experience.

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