According to Ringo, his first drum set was an Ajax kit. Right from the start we have no information as to whether it came with cymbals or if Ringo owned any when he bought this set. For the record, Ajax did offer a low end line of cymbals.
When we take a closer look at the 20 inch cymbal below, we see an unusual large flat bell, which is just what an Ajax 20" looked like back in the day. This seems like a logical conclusion until you discover that Paiste Stambul and Kurts also made cymbals with the same bell shape. Below are photos of Ringo's first 20".
Information on Ringo's cymbals is left to much speculation.
Research is being done through a variety of sources.
A number of visitors to this site have provided me with information concerning the cymbals that Ringo used. Ironically enough, the list does go litterally from A to Z (Arbiter to Zildjian.) Unfortunately, most of the information that I have been given cannot be verified. That being said, I plan to present some of the information that seems credible along with photos and hopefully audio and/or video files if I can get that specific on this web site.
I encourage anyone with direct information or with detailed experience in verifying or dating cymbals to be part of this investigation. High resolution photos would also be appreciated. Let's have some fun with this.
By far, the most popular question is wanting to know details on the hi hat cymbals Ringo used early on to get his unique wash sound. Ringo said that he used the same 14" Zildjian A hi hats on all Beatle recordings." The answer is short and sweet. Now the other questions are concerning the weights, the stamp logos and the year. Over my time in documenting Ringo's gear, I have learned that he used a variety of cymbal sizes, makes and models including Ajax, Paiste, Zyn, Zildjian.and possible others. A BIG THANKS TO BRENDAN PELEO-LAZAR FOR HIS PASSION AND HELP.
Let's Start At The Beginning:
A photo from 8/22/1962 taken at the Cavern days after Ringo joined the Beatles.The cymbal sizes were 20", 18" with 15" hi hats.
This 1963 photos shows Ringo using an 18" sizzle minus its rivets
Below are photos of Ringo using a 20 inch 4 rivet sizzle cymbal
Two rivets can be seen in this photo.
In 1967 Ringo seems to have gotten a new sizzle cymbal. From photos, it had been determined that it was a 20 inch Zyn with five rivets positioned just about 3.25 inches from the cymbals edge.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Below is a photo taken by Donn Bennett showing what Ringo says to be his Beatle hi hats. Ringo has stated that he only sed these hats during his career with the Beatles.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
The Magic Hi Hats that really S I Z Z L E!
Below is a photo taken by Donn Bennett showing what Ringo says to be his Beatle hi hats. Ringo has stated that he only used these hats during his career with the Beatles.
Abbey Road Studios (1967)
Ed Sullivan (1964)
Below is a photo of Ringo's early cymbals and his first Ludwig Downbeat kit