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Friday, May 17, 2013 - 10:29 AM

Ride Cymbal Concept Studies

What do you think of these sounds?

Yesterday our artist Florian Alexandru-Zorn ( has been here at our factory and we continued to work on some new ride cymbal ideas. You can hear and see the outcome of our work-in-progress in the video which Florian has recorded last night. For now, all of these new cymbals are concept studies only. None of them is available anywhere yet.

Still, let us know what you think of the sounds and looks of these two ride cymbals. Your feedback helps us to develop into the right direction as we will officially release some of our concept studies soon.

Developing new sounds like that is one of the greatest fields of my job at Meinl as it inspires drummers in their own playing and helps them to grow as musicians. That in fact helps to create new music. Trends are born.

I’m looking forward to your feedback.

- norbert

Norbert Saemann

Norbert Saemann

With Meinl since 1990. International A&R, Event Management and Marketing

15 responses to "Ride Cymbal Concept Studies"

Eric Miller posted on May 17, 2013 - 10:54 AM

I think the left ride sounds awesome for a jazzy type style. It also brings a new type of hybrid instead of just standard traditional/brilliant hybrids.

Janne jansson posted on May 17, 2013 - 11:09 AM

The left on is nice sounding
jazzride. A ride you can crash...take away 15% ping on the ride and your home ;)

pete wilson posted on May 17, 2013 - 11:20 AM


Thank you for posting this video! I greatly enjoy listening to new types of cymbals. These look and sound wonderful.

The left ride is a beautiful mix of sounds. Dry, trashy, sharp quick bell. I really like the crash sound the best from this one. It gets out of the way fast so you can get back to that unique sound at the bow of the cymbal. The look of the cymbal makes me feel welcome to play it. It's almost as if it's asking me to be a friend.

The right cymbal is an amazing piece of work! It's look is dark and mysterious. It beckons to be played. The sound is even more of a mystery than the looks.

The bell is a welcome friendly sound out of such a dark cymbal. the stick definition has a beautiful woody quality to it. I think it would cut through just about anything.

The edge is haunting, nice stick def but with undertones of something else. the crash sound is awesome! It demands your respect. A really beautiful cymbal.

I am wondering about the weights and sizes of these. Personally I would like to see a 24" version of the left ride.

I know this was all about the rides. But what about the hi hats???? I would also like to hear them.

Thank you for allowing me to comment on these wonderful cymbals. These are two great reasons why I love your products.

Have a great day

Ju posted on May 17, 2013 - 11:30 AM

it would be very usefull to have those cymbals with bigger bell, you will probably reach more versatile drummer (like me). Dry sound & nice sounding cutting bell instead of a mainstream tiny quiet bell : it will be a new sound for sure !!

Karel posted on May 17, 2013 - 11:35 AM

The hi hat looks interesting

- norbert posted on May 17, 2013 - 12:05 PM

the hihat is a prototype too which we have made some time ago already. florian has made another video back then where he was specifially focusing on that hihat.

Johnny posted on May 17, 2013 - 15:00 PM

The right one looks like an extra dry ride, but I like the sound of the bell on this one. This cymbal seems to be more polyvalent than the left one.

Eric posted on May 17, 2013 - 15:15 PM

I LOVE them both. Would buy the left side cymbal in a heartbeat.

Danny Bomalaski posted on May 17, 2013 - 17:39 PM

One word...Wicked. Your crew at Meinl continues to create some incredible sounding cymbals. The sonic landscapes that are being created will only be limited by imagination. Excellent work. Stay thirsty my friends.

janne jansson posted on May 17, 2013 - 20:43 PM

The ride on the left side..i will buy it now if i could...
Kind of Bill Stewart sounding...

Joel posted on May 17, 2013 - 23:20 PM

Left Cymbal - Love the way it looks, Love the ping and overtones, but not too fund of the trashy crash sound (for a ride). Bell was ok.

Right Cymbal - Love the way it looks too, Love the ping, but don't like the metallic overtones (I'm guessing, wonder if it was too heavy in weight). Like the Bell. Sounds better than the left. You are on to something trying the splash as a stacker. I think it would sound great with a few sizzles, like 3 to 5 of them.

Guy Frometa posted on May 19, 2013 - 18:28 PM

Hello guys:
Left side Ride its Great (!) a bigger bell will make it even better. 22" version will be a plus but keep in mind that sometimes its difficult to carry on 22's especially on planes..
Right side Ride reminded me immediately Jack Dejohnette's famous ride sound and the stack w the trash splash turn it into a different animal right away. Love that combination..
Hi hats are beautiful.. Are those out already?? They fit perfectly in a recording situation.. Amazing!

Mys posted on May 23, 2013 - 18:18 PM

I love the right one. It looks rough and also sounds rough and pure, perfect addition to the extra dry series. The basic volume it creates is so great since ist's gone the minute you stop hitting it hard. Really loveable

Thomas Jeffrey posted on May 25, 2013 - 4:27 AM

Wow! loved them both. I thought the versatility and trashiness of the left one was superb. The right one was very pleasing to the ears, I dug the dry feel to it, and it really came alive with the splash as a stacker. That's why I love Meinl; the complay is so forward thinking!

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