Both Mikes and Meinls 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-puprose ride cymbal with a versatile sound.
We have been working on the sound for Mikes ride now for almost one and a half years, explains Meinls international artist relations manager Norbert Saemann. Mike has let his online community be part of the development and the feedback we got from them was very encouraging.
"Ive 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 Johnston about his signature Meinl cymbal. The transition Ride does exactly that. One of my favorite things about playing it is how quick the decay is when your 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.
Perfect transition from articulate sticking to wide open crashing while never loosing the stick definition. Clear sticking and a present, but not overpowering, bell. Outstanding versatile ride cymbal.?
Styles - Jazz, Funk, RNB, Studio, Electro
Timbre - Dark
Character - Esoteric, Dry
Pitch - Low
Volume - Low
Sustain - Short
Weight - Medium thin
Finish - Raw
Material - B20
Lathe - None