Zildjian develops the new 22-inch K Dark Medium Ride with Cindy Blackman

{mosimage} The new 22-inch K Dark Medium Ride features a large bell for excellent projection, and special hammering and lathing to open up the cymbal for broad tonal complexities and a darker, warmer sound. Exclusive "Pin" lathing enhances the "crashability" and gives the cymbal an appearance reminiscent of the 1960s era K Zildjians.

On designing the new ride with Zildjian, Cindy commented, "When I approached Zildjian with the idea for the K Dark Medium Ride, I wanted to create a multi-use cymbal that would work in any musical situation; Enough clarity and wash to cut through the heavy guitar sounds of the Lenny Kravitz band, a big, full and exciting crash, and enough stick definition to drive the music. I also wanted a cymbal that I could shade and color, and a cymbal possessing the dark, pretty overtones, and finesse associated with the K Zildjian sound to use with my own band. I feel that this cymbal portrays all of the qualities I was looking for."

Cindy came to Zildjian to personally test the first batch of cymbals. She and R&D/Quality Manager, Paul Francis spent the day making sure they were exactly how Cindy had specified.

A certificate of authenticity accompanies every cymbal notating the number of each cymbal as it was made.

Check out the new K Dark Medium Ride and all of Zildjian's other new cymbals here.

Author: Mike Stahl

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