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Meinl Cymbals Byzance 21" Mike Johnston Signature Transition Ride


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Finally, after years of development; here it is— the Meinl Byzance 21” Mike Johnston Signature Transition Ride

Both Mike’s and Meinl’s goal was to create a cymbal that can effortlessly transition from articulate sticking to a wide open and tonally fuller crash-ride function (and back) while never losing the stick definition. The result is a multi-purpose ride cymbal with an extremely versatile sound.

"We have been working on the sound for Mike’s ride now for almost one and a half years. Mike has let his online community be part of the development and the feedback we got from them was very encouraging. We‘re glad and honored to present the Transition Ride and hope that it will find many fans around the world." said Meinl's international artist relations manager Norbert Saemann.

The Transition ride has an unlathed top for clear sticking and a present but not overpowering bell. It also features a unique half polished/half raw finish. The bottom is completely lathed and polished to a brilliant finish which allows the ride to move through various dynamic levels with control over the degree of clarity and level of wash.

"I‘ve always wanted a ride that would have amazing tone and stick definition when played on top and would also swell into a beautiful crash as I began to open up and bash," says Mike "The transition Ride does exactly that. One of my favorite things about playing it is how quick the decay is when you're done bashing and ready to play something that requires intense clarity. Being able to seamlessly transition between riding and crashing makes this a massively versatile cymbal. The bell on The Transition ride is also very special. It was designed to sound like a belled version of the actual ride. When playing the bell, the rest of the cymbal is activated and a smooth shimmer start to support your sound."

Get your Meinl Byzance 21” Mike Johnston Signature Transition Ride from Sam Ash Direct today. With fast, free shipping at the guaranteed lowest price, the security of our many decades of experience, and the Sam Ash Direct 45/60 day return/price protection policy, you can’t possibly go wrong!

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    Meinl Byzance 21” Mike Johnston Signature Transition Ride

A wonderful multi purpose cymbal


The mixed lathed and un-lathed surfaces on this cymbal really give you a great mixture of colors and tone. The unlathed top is really raw and allows the player to get great stick definition. Since the bottom surface has been lathed that reduced mass really allows this cymbal to open up and create a great washy brilliance. A great addition to most cymbal set-ups for diversity.


Indianapolis, IN

Transition into perfection!


I've used this cymbal for a couple of years and I've really come to appreciate the characteristics of this ride. Meinl has created a cymbal that really strikes a great balance of articulation and wash. This cymbal is definitely one of the most versatile rides out there, and is great for almost any style of music! Joey Baca @ store 57 Indianapolis, IN


Indianapolis, IN


AMAZING cymbal


Beautiful cymbal!! I'm so happy with it. It responds perfectly to exactly what you ask it to do, from a light ping to a monstrous crash. It can get as nuanced in its washiness as a hi-hat, which is rare for a ride. I am being offered a chance to win $1000 by Sam Ash for posting this review.

Andy the Drummer

Boston, MA


Byzance 21" Mike Johnston Signature Transition Ride

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Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for two years and labor for two years from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.