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Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride

The Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride is a blend of old School with a modern additude.


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Discounted Price $384.95 to $454.95
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Featuring excellent stick definition with a dry, full-bodied stick sound. Dark, warm undertones with trashy crash qualities for accents. The Zildjian K Dark Ride is truly a contemporary expression of the legendary K Zildjian sound. An innovative blend of traditional and modern hammering techniques dries out the sound, enhancing the K character of each cymbal.

  • Traditional Finish
  • Excellent stick definition with a dry, full-bodied stick sound
  • Dark, warm undertones with trashy crash qualities for accents
  • Truly a contemporary expression of the legendary K Zildjian sound
  • An innovative blend of traditional and modern hammering techniques

Get your Zildjian K Custom Dark Ride today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • K Custom Dark Ride

Happy Customer


This is my first K cymbal. I've had Sabian HH, Zildjian A and a host of other models from the same manufacturers, and this one is my favorite so far. It crashes with a perfect pitch and wash, basically like a large crash. It's got a clear and proper bell that easily cuts through any soundscape. Being a dark ride, however, the ping is more muted especially for certain classic rock styles but that clears up the closer you move towards the bell. All in all, this is a top notch ride that looks great to boot - Gracias, Zildjian!



I would definitely recommend this ride cymbal!


The K Zildjian custom dark ride is a great sounding ride cymbal! This cymbal really sings....It can be used for jazz as well as other genres of music!



So warm, you won't need a blanket.


These cymbals are the ideal pickup for anyone looking to have that professional level sound. The K's series have always been the ideal choice for many modern drummers and the Dark series takes it to the next level. The process they use to give the low pitch and dry sound work for live events and recording. Even the bell used has the best ping around. Adam Fox - Drum Associate Store 57


Indianapolis, IN




I have actually wanted this cymbal for a couple of years now, and just now got around to getting it! lol I have been looking for that perfect bell. The bell stands out above all the rest. There is only a single tone going from bell to rim. Its perfect. It has a little bit of a raspy/washy sound of a crash and the ping and highend of a ride with a warm overtone.


Indianapolis, Indiana


K Custom 20" Dark Ride-- Great Sound!!


I've played many models in search of the perfect bell tone. This one takes the cake in my opinion: It's clean, warm, it projects nicely, and it's very pleasing to the ear-- not too sharp or pingy. The ride sound is lush, warm, dark, and smooth-- not too dry (like the dry-light ride), not too pingy amd bright (like an A custom), not too washy. A great equilibrium of all of these qualities. The only drawback would be it's slightly limited volume (I think the dark tone and overall presence makes up for that but it depends on the style of music and the projection you need. A nice louder cymbal with a good bell would be the A Sweet Ride). This ride sits under the mix and creates a smooth groove. It doesn't ride on top with a lot of sharp ping. It also has a lush, washy crash sound that's smooth and dark if that's your game. This cymbal is moderately weighted-- lighter than an A or A custom so it has some play to it, heavier than a thinner crash-type ride so it has some stick ping. I'd say it's on the thin side. Not the greatest projection so it's not completely versatile, but one of the best overall sounds possible from a ride (and an amazing bell tone).


Portland, Oregon


A beautiful cymbal not just for jazz...


"When first playing this cymbal at my local Sam Ash in Las Vegas it immediately reminded me of Joe Morello's ride on the classic ""Take Five""; a dark, airy ""tah"" sound with just enough high end. I had to have it, and upon buying it and spending some time with it at the house, I'm pleased to report that this bad boy is NOT just a ""jazz""ride. 12/8 Blues, old school classic rock and even latin quarter-note bell grooves are all easily pulled off. I can recommend this ride to anyone looking for a versatile cymbal that's a little on the warm/dark side. Thanks Zildjian for a cymbal that I know will only get better through the years."

John Stevenson


K Custom Dark Ride

4.8 6


Cymbal Type Ride
Cymbal Material B20
Cymbal Timbre Dark
Cymbal Finish Traditional
Cymbal Pitch Low-Mid
Cymbal Volume High
Cymbal Weight Medium Thin
Series K Custom Series
Warranty Info:

K Custom Dark Ride

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