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Sound Creation 20" Dark Ride
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Type: Dark Ride
Size: 20 Inch
Series: Sound Creation
Weight: 2480g, 2490g, 2568g, 2577g, 2580g, 2605g (1978 Serial Number), 2614g, 2624g (1983 Serial Number), 2633g, 2680g, 2680g, 2715g (1981 Serial Number)
Sound file: Sound Creation 20" Dark Ride (2568 Grams)
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Review: Nobody has made a review of this beauty yet, so I'll give it a shot.
This ride is very full sounding and warm. It has a sweet and strong ping, with a warm "breathing" wash underneath. It is very versatile and dynamic. You can play very soft, and the ping is still sweet, dark and defined. And the wash still creates energy and warmth. And you can lay into it as much as you dare, play loud as hell, and its still as defined, dark and warm. The wash builds up along with the ping. Not too much, not too little. Perfect! It plays just as you tells it to. The more out from the bell you move, the more roaring wash you get. But you can play everywhere, and every hit will be clear and defined. Uh, the bell! It's strong and penetrating. Not the bell that's easiest to control, but it's still controllable. If you use mallets, you can use it as a gong-like effect as this is a fairly heavy cymbal (2577g) You can use the shoulder of the stick for small accents, because the cymbal does not build up overtones. It is not good for crashing, as it will sound very harsh and gongy. If you play this cymbal alone, you will most likely be disappointed. Like many other Sound Creations, they don't come to its right before you have it with a kit and other cymbals. Even better with a band! The cymbal is very versatile, and fits for jazz, blues, rock, pop, funk and even some heavy stuff. The legendary 22" has the same characteristic, only a little darker, and more roaring wash.
Review written by Viktors
Review The Sound Creation Darks are definitely a breed apart. Great stick definition on top of a vast array of dark and subtle tones. So sweet.... Nothing else sounds quite like them, and Paiste stopped making them... This one is in excellent condition. Sounds great. Looks great. Is great.
Review written by Matt Bettis
ReviewThis Sound Creation Dark Ride sounds soooooo good. She's from the first generation with the stamped logo and hollow-font designation. She is also in great shape with strong logos. Her edge isn't perfect, but absolutely nothing you couldn't take home to mama. I really can't say enough about how this particular SCDR sounds. Perfect....freakin' perfect.
Review written by Matt Bettis
Review: As many of you may know, Paiste breathed life into the Sound Creations in the 70s and discontinued the line in the 80s. Not surprisingly, this Sound Creation sounds like NO MODERN PAISTE on the market today. In recent years, the Sound Creations have become fiercely sought after cymbals because they do no doubt capture what many people believe to be, Paiste at their best in terms cymbalmaking. That is not to say that I do not enjoy newer Paistes, I do, however you simply CANNOT get this sound from Paiste today. This 20" Ride really sounds different from any newer Paiste. It just does.
As you can see, this Sound Creation Dark Ride is HEAVILY Hammered. The impressions are deep and do not resemble modern Paistes. The bell is medium in size (not huge) but surprisingly solid. The tone of this Sound Creation is difficult to describe. The attack is strong and it has a semi-dry vibe to it. The stick/wash ratio is extremely well balanced (I think it sounds best with a smaller beaded stick.) The pitch is medium low for a 20" and the wash is Dark, slightly mellow and Complex. It's different than a Traditional though. It seems to have more going on underneath. To me, this Sound Creation sounds more complex than most or possibly all modern Paistes. It almost has a slightly Turkish vibe to it. Perhaps that the B20 Alloy talking.
The weight on this rare avis is 2624 Grams!
This Rare B20 Paiste Sound Creation 20" DARK Ride is fantastic for just about anything. It's a perennial favorite among jazz, blues, and ballad players, and it's great definition, semi-dry, dark tone, and Paiste B20 shimmer make it a welcomed edition to any soul, R&B, funk, fusion, folk, country, acoustic, or rock/pop gig. Use it anytime you need a great dark, semi-dry Paiste tone...that you can't get from the modern catalogue.
Review written by Hazelshould