- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 18 November 2010
The ReZo line for Zildjian is relatively new, and there are more than a dozen models ranging from a 10" Splash up to a 21" Ride. They are beautiful cymbals to look at, and in my opinion, one of the best sounding models they have ever created. The ReZo has a combination of hammering and lathing, but the lathing is spaced with regions of finely lathed and heavily lathed surfaces. The inner portion of the cymbal is thicker than the outer region. In this review, we look at the Zildjian 21" A Custom ReZo Ride Cymbal. It not only rides beautifully, it crashes nicely as well.
- Manufacturer Line: ReZo
- Type: Ride
- Style: Medium
- Alloy: B20 - CuSn20 - 80% Copper, 20% Tin
- Diameter: 21"
- Metal Work: Machine Hammered, Machine Lathed, Buffed and Traditional Finish
- Weight: 4.5 Pounds
- MSRP: $543 USA; Street Price $315
The close-up photo below shows the unique lathing pattern.
The spectrum represents a single ping as in riding the cymbal. Notice that the frequency response goes to 14 kHz before dropping sharply 30 dB to 16 kHz and then slowly declining from there. The ReZo crashes, on the other hand, have a main frequency response out to 6 kHz (19") or 9 kHz (20") before dropping off. The 21" ride having a main response to 14 kHz gives it a very bright ping that will cut through other instruments in the band. It is not a heavy ping, so would be perfect as a jazz ride. However, its excellent brightness would also make it a good choice for rock music in a medium venue.
A combo of the Rezo 19" Crash, 20" Crash, and 21" Ride cymbals would be a killer kit. The 21" ReZo Ride can also be used as a crash, as you will hear in the sound sample.
The Level vs. Time graph indicates that the decay is a bit slower than some other ride cymbals.
Click HERE to listen to an audio sample, which will include crash (when appropriate), ride, and bell sounds (these are 24 bit, 176.4 kHz wav files, so be sure your sound card is capable of handling these high resolution sound files).