Ringos' Beatle Cymbals 

Here is a collection of photos through my years of late-night research, showing the cymbals we hear on the Beatles' records. Let's start with the facts with photo evidence of cymbal stamps, as his cymbal brand and sizing choices can spark debate. Ringo used many different cymbal brands, not only Zildjian! 

 
Ringo during With a Little Help... sessions 1967 with a Zyn Riveted  

Ringo during With a Little Help... sessions 1967 with a Zyn Riveted
 

20" with 5 rivets spaced in a pentagon

Get Back sessions January 1969, the cymbal reappeared and stayed through Abbey Road.  

Get Back sessions January 1969, the cymbal reappeared and stayed through Abbey Road.  

14" 50's Zildjian Hi-Hats

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These hi-hats were used on all of the records except for maybe Please Please Me. 

20" Paiste Arbiter Custom 602
Key Tracks: 

  • Lady Madonna
  • Rooftop Performance
  • Let it Be Sessions

 

"Zyn cymbals were made by Premier, England, from 1950 to 1984." The Cymbal book, pg. 174

"Zyn cymbals were made by Premier, England, from 1950 to 1984." The Cymbal book, pg. 174

20 " Zyn Riveted Key Tracks:

  • With a Little Help From My Friends
  • Something
  • Maxwell's Silver Hammer
  • Here Comes The Sun
  • Let it Be/ Get Back sessions
  • Rooftop performance 

50's Zildjian Stamp, 14" hi-hats circa 1964 in Miami- Ed Sullivan show rehearsals. Some claim that they were 15", but I am with the 14" crowd. 

Rehearsals in London 1965, the Beatles received some new gear including a brand new 20" Arbiter Custom brand, Paiste 602. Same as normal 602's but Ivor Arbiter also distributed his own branded cymbals. 

Arbiter stencil brand Paiste 602. 

Arbiter stencil brand Paiste 602. 

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Notice the square bell shape. 

Notice the square bell shape. 

Undeniable Paiste 602 lathing and hammering on the left. 1968 Lady Madonna video. 

Let's Start from the beginning... 
 

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