Long story short, once upon a time I had a 20" Sand Ride, awesome ride, just not the sound I was looking for at the time. Having a 20" Dark Raw Bell Ride and the Samsun 22" Ride I had custom made covered the sound in my head. That being said I sold the Sand ride to get the 22" Crash/Ride because I preferred the sound of it and like the idea of having a crashable ride for a smaller set up config or the option of having it as a secondary ride and crash. Unfortunately in my area they were hard to come by, nothing on the used market and buying new would mean I couldn't hear it in person as it would have to be ordered. I pretty much gave up on finding one...until recently! Thanks to my bud who now runs an online drum shop, I was able to go to his show room and play a couple of them and decide which one I wanted.
Here she is, in all her glory set up on my Breakbeats kit, went with a compact set up that night. I also played it for the first time with the band at last Friday's rehearsal. My initial impressions are that it has a nice under tone that I like, almost a roaring sound, stick definition is great, a bit more washy than I'm used to but it's a controlled wash. The bell isn't as distinct or defined but I did want a different sound from my other rides. The bell on the other ride was much more pronounced but the overall sound of that ride had a bit of a higher pitch. Crashing it...wow it's awesome, as if it was like having a 22" Sand Crash. The sizzles are a nice touch for that jazzy sound. Overall I'm very pleased with it and I'm glad I waited for the right one for me.