So, if you’re a drummer, you’ve no doubt heard of Zildjian’s classic powerhouse of a cymbal; the A Sweet ride.
I’ve been playing A sweets for 5 years now, and the cymbal stands out as probably the most versatile one piece of drum equipment I’ve ever owned. Works for anything. You can ride it, you can crash the shit out of it without a care, nice stick definition but just the right amount of wash. Sounds good in any room, miked up or buck naked. Pretty much a perfect cymbal. Hard to top.
Well they fucking topped it. The announcement of the K Sweet line had me going nuts with excitement. I heard the de facto flagship of the line (The 21” K Sweet Ride) online and was impressed, but knowing that I wouldn’t be able to really make a conclusion until I got a chance to actually play it, I didn’t let myself get overexcited, despite the rave reviews I’ve heard and read from drummers of all backgrounds and calibers.
Well, today, I decided it was about time I actually held this thing in my hands and smacked it a few times.
Ho-lee-shit... that was my reaction in the shop. They did it. They got that indescribable (with any word other than “sweet”) sound that it’s spiritual predecessor was famous for, but they took it in a completely different direction; they took it in the K direction. This thing is sweet, yes. The stick feel on the body is the similar to the A sweet, but that is where the similarities pretty much end.
This cymbal listens to you. It responds to the way that you strike it... in my opinion, though by default it’s darker and perhaps a little less cutting than its sibling in the A line, this cymbal is even more versatile than the A. So needless to say I bought this thing. Can’t really afford it ... but I bought it. I don’t regret it.
Perfect for post rock.
This is the best cymbal I have ever had the pleasure of playing. Play it. Rent it, whatever. You want to play this cymbal. Well done @zildjiancompany
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